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Accreditation

What is Accreditation?

Simply put, accreditation means that Southern Technical College has met or surpassed standards for educational quality. Accreditation:

  •     Provides accountability and guarantees consistency
  •     Measures and improves educational quality
  •     Promotes progress throughout the college

This means that Southern Technical College

  •     Is recognized as a qualified institution of higher learning
  •     Offers instruction that meets or exceeds academic standards
  •     Employs a professional staff
  •     Has the proper facilities and equipment

Licensure

Southern Technical College is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission for Independent Education at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number (888) 224-6684 or www.fldoe.org.

Accreditation

Southern Technical College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award Bachelor’s degrees, Associate’s degrees, certificates, and diplomas. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. ACICS may be contacted at 750 First Street NE, Suite 980, Washington, DC 20002-4241. The telephone number is (202) 336-6780.
If you wish to know more about the status of ACICS from the United States Department of Education go to this link: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/following-court-ruling-devos-orders-further-review-2016-acics-petition

Any student who has a complaint relating to Title IV eligibility or administration, the quality of education received at Southern Technical College, or otherwise relating to the accreditation standards of its former accrediting agency can submit that complaint to the School Administration of Southern Technical College directly at studentcomplaint@southerntech.edu or call 407-757-1383 and/or to any of the following: the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400; the Department of Education’s Student Complaint website at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/disputes/prepare/contact-ombudsman; the Florida Attorney General Office at PL-01 The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050; or the Florida Department of Agriculture Division of Consumer Services at P.O. Box 6700, Tallahassee, FL 32399-6700.

The Associate’s Degrees in Surgical Technician at the Fort Myers, Tampa, and Port Charlotte campuses are also accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), 7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314, N. Falls Church, Virginia 22043. (703)917-9503 or www.abhes.org .

The DMS Program at Southern Technical College, Tampa Campus is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP). The DMS Program at Southern Technical College, Port Charlotte Campus is not accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).   Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting CAAHEP at 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 or www.caahep.org.  The telephone number is (727) 210-2350.  Additional information may also be obtained by contacting the Joint Review Commission on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) at 6021 University Boulevard Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043 orwww.jrcdms.org.  The telephone number is (443) 973-3251.