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Accreditation and Approvals

Accreditation is granted to institutions, such as Virginia College, that have been evaluated across a wide range of educational criteria and meet or exceed the stated standards of educational quality, so you can have confidence in the education you are receiving.

Virginia College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award certificates, diplomas, associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.

For more information about the recent decision regarding ACICS and how it affects Virginia College, please view our Notice About ACICS Accreditation.

The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is recognized as a national accrediting agency by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

For more information on Virginia College’s accrediting agency, please visit the ACICS web site.


1 The median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers was $69,650 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $48,660, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $99,100. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm (visited October 18, 2017). Expected growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program offered at Virginia College in Austin is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Commission on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

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Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Programmatic Disclosure Information for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Virginia College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

The following accreditation applies to Surgical Technology programs in Austin, TX; Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham, AL; Columbia, SC; Columbus, GA; Greenville, SC; Jackson, MS; Knoxville, TN; Mobile, AL; Pensacola, FL

The Surgical Technology associate’s degree program is accredited upon recommendation by the Accreditation Review Committee/Surgical Technology, Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), the successful completion of which is required for employment as a Surgical Technologist in the states of Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs logo

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Programmatic Disclosure Information for Surgical Technology

Austin, Texas 

The Associate of Science in Respiratory Care Program at Virginia College - Austin holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). This status signifies that a program that has been granted an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards through the completion and submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR), completion of an initial on-site visit, and other documentation required by the CoARC. The conferral of Provisional Accreditation denotes a new program that has made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation. The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until achieving Initial Accreditation. It is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) toward eligibility to the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Provisional Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program. 

Commission on Accreditation 
for Respiratory Care 
1248 Harwood Road 
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244 
(817) 283-2835 

Visit http://www.coarc.com/47.html for Commission on Accreditation (CoARC) for Respiratory Care Programmatic Outcomes Data

Birmingham, Alabama

The Respiratory Care Associate of Science degree program offered at the Birmingham, Alabama campus of Virginia College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com). CoARC accredits degree-granting programs in respiratory care that have undergone a rigorous process of voluntary peer review and have met or exceeded the minimum accreditation Standards set by the CoARC. The CoARC accredits only respiratory care programs offered by, or located within institutions chartered by and physically located within the United States and its territories, and where students are geographically located within the United States and its territories for their education.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care 
1248 Harwood Road 
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244 
(817) 283-2835

Virginia College is currently authorized to operate campuses in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. The College will continue to monitor developments in state law in each state in which it enrolls students. If authorization of licensure is or becomes necessary, Virginia College will obtain such additional approvals.

Alabama

Additional information regarding employment regulations, certification, and job outlook and salary information may be found at: Alabama State Board of Pharmacy registration information www.albop.com; Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) www.ptcb.org; Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Florida

Additional information regarding employment regulations, certification, and job outlook and salary information may be found at: Florida Department of Health registration information:http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/pharmacy/; Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) www.ptcb.org; Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Pursuant to the "Protecting Our Children and Adults from Sexual Predators Act," you are hereby given notice that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has established a sexual predator and sexual offender registry website (http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/homepage.do), and toll-free telephone number, (1-888-357-7332, or for TTY Accessibility - 1-877-414-7234) that gives access to sexual predator and sexual offender public information.

Georgia

Additional information regarding employment regulations, certification, and job outlook and salary information, may be found at: Georgia Board of Pharmacy registration information:sos.georgia.gov/plb/pharmacy. Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) www.ptcb.org. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Mississippi

Licensed by the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration, License No. C-658. (Birmingham)

Licensed by the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration, License No. C628. (Biloxi)

Licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy, License No. 0709. (Biloxi)

Licensed by the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration, License No. C126. (Jackson)

Additional information regarding employment regulations, certification, and job outlook and salary information may be found at: Mississippi Board of Pharmacy registration information: www.mbp.state.ms.us; Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) www.ptcb.org; Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Louisiana

Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy Establishment License E2883. (Baton Rouge)

Additional information regarding employment regulations, certification, and job outlook and salary information may be found at: Louisiana Board of Pharmacy registration information http://labp.com/, Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) www.ptcb.org, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Oklahoma

Licensed by the O.B.P.V.S.

Additional information regarding employment regulations, certification, and job outlook and salary information may be found at: Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy registration information:www.ok.gov/OSBP; Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) www.ptcb.org; Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

South Carolina

Additional information regarding employment regulations, certification, and job outlook and salary information may be found at: South Carolina Board of Pharmacy registration information:http://www.llr.state.sc.us; Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) www.ptcb.org; Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Tennessee

Additional information regarding employment regulations, certification, and job outlook and salary information may be found at: Tennessee Board of Pharmacy registration information:www.tn.gov/health/article/pharmacy-meth Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) www.ptcb.org; Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Texas

Additional information regarding employment regulations, certification, and job outlook and salary information may be found at: Texas State Board of Pharmacy registration information: www.tsbp.state.tx.us, Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) www.ptcb.org, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Virginia

Certified to Operate by SCHEV (State Council of Higher Education for Virginia).

Additional information regarding employment regulations, certification, and job outlook and salary information may be found at: Virginia Board of Pharmacy registration information:www.dhp.virginia.gov/pharmacy; Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) www.ptcb.org; Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): https://www.bls.gov/ooh/