South University, Columbia (View Other Campuses)
South University’s Columbia campus began serving South Carolina students in 2002, when the campus was located in downtown Columbia at 3810 Main Street. In 2006 the campus relocated to the Carolina Research Park on the northeast side, conveniently near the I-77 and Highway 277. The campus is equipped with a wide array of technology including Macintosh and PC labs, video-conferencing tools, medical and nursing labs, and access to a variety of research databases. In 2009 the campus expanded by adding a new School of Pharmacy building and offering the Doctor of Pharmacy program.
South University, Columbia is licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (1122 Lady St, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29201, 803-737-2260;www.che.sc.gov). Licensure indicates that minimum standards have been met; it is not equal to or synonymous with regional or specialized accreditation.
South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of South University.
The campus had a Fall 2010 enrollment of 1,544 students and a Spring 2011 enrollment of 1,427 with over 100 faculty members. Approximately 9 percent of students are pursuing associate’s degrees, 66 percent bachelor’s degrees, 21 percent master’s degrees, and 4 percent doctoral degrees. The students are young professionals, average age 31, seeking to advance or begin new careers.
The following business programs at South University, Columbia the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration, Accelerated Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration and Accelerated Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs ([ACBSP] 11520 West 119th Street; Overland Park, KS 66213; 913-339-9356; www.acbsp.org). Other programs in the College of Business are excluded from ACBSP’s scope of accreditation. These programs include: Associate of Science in Accounting, Associate of Science in Business Administration, Association of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology, Master of Science in Leadership and Doctor of Business Administration.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing specializations, RN to Master of Science in Nursing specialization programs and Post Graduate Certificates at South University, Columbia are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE; One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530; Washington, DC 20036-1120; 202-887-6791; www.aacn.nche.edu).
South University, Columbia Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500; Chicago, IL 60602-5109; 312-664-3575; www.acpe-accredit.org).
The Associate of Science in Medical Assisting program at South University, Columbia is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350.
The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program and the Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies program at South University, Columbia are approved by the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7598 312.988.5522 800.285.2221.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at South University, Columbia is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA. http://www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
The Master of Arts (MA), Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at South University, Columbia is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone (703) 535-5990.)
The Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program offered by South University, Columbia is in the process of pursuing programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (“CAPTE”). Graduation from a CAPTE accredited program is a requirement to be eligible for licensure in the state of South Carolina. Until the Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program offered by South University, Columbia achieves accreditation, graduates will not be eligible for licensure in the state of South Carolina.
South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.
Effective 11/11/15, South University Columbia has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.