Accreditation, Approval, and Certification

Regional Accreditation — Athens Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033; 404-679-4501) to award the associate degree. Inquiries to the Commission should relate only to the college's accreditation status and not to general admission information.

Professional Accreditation — The business unit (the associate of applied science degree programs in Accounting, Business Technology, and Marketing Management) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), 11520 West 119th Street, Overland, Park, KS, 66213; however, the associate of science degree program in Consumer Economics and the following associate of applied science degree programs are not accredited programs with ACBSP even though they are offered by the Division of Business, Education, and Humanities: Applied Technical Management, Business Management; Culinary Arts; Early Childhood Care and Education; Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management; Paralegal Studies; and Social Work Assistant.

The diploma program in Dental Assisting and the associate of applied science degree program in Dental Hygiene are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is http://www.ada.org/100.aspx.

The associate of applied science degree program in Health Information Management Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

The associate of science degree program in Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326. (404) 975-5000. Anyone wishing to file a complaint with regard to the Nursing program should follow the complaint resolution procedures as outlined in this publication. They may also contact the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at the above address and telephone number.

The diploma and associate of applied science degree programs in Paramedicine are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The addresses and telephone number is Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 131 Park St. Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 210-2350.

The associate of applied science degree program in Physical Therapist Assistant is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 706-3254; accreditation@apta.org; http://www.capteonline.org.

The Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182; (312) 704-5300; mail@jrcert.org; http://www.jrcert.org.

The diploma and associate of applied science degree programs in Surgical Technology are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33765, upon recommendation by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST).

The associate of applied science degree program in Veterinary Technology is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173, as a program for educating veterinary technicians.

Approval — The associate of applied science degree program in Paralegal Studies is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

The certificate program in Phlebotomy Technician is approved by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), 7007 College Boulevard, Suite 385, Overland Park, KS, 66211.

The diploma program in Practical Nursing is approved by the Georgia Board of Licensed Practical Nurses.

Certification — The Automotive Technology program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation Inc. (NATEF). Founded in 1983 as an independent, non-profit organization, the mission of NATEF is to improve the quality of automotive technician training programs nationwide at secondary and postsecondary public and proprietary schools. To accomplish this mission, NATEF examines the structure, resources, and quality of training programs and evaluates them against standards established by the industry. These standards reflect the skills that students must master to be successful in the industry. NATEF also works with students to increase career awareness opportunities in the automotive repair industry.

After completing the diploma program in Medical Assisting, students are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), 7007 College Boulevard, Suite 250, Overland Park, KS 66211.

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