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David McGuire


South University’s West Palm Beach campus traces its history to 1983 when South University (then South College) acquired Ft. Lauderdale College – Lake Worth. The 32,000-square-foot campus totals three buildings located at 1760 North Congress Avenue. South University is a private academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of a diverse student population.

Degrees and Programs

    College of Arts & Sciences
  • Paralegal Studies (AS)
  • Criminal Justice (BS)
  • Legal Studies (BS)
  • Criminal Justice (MS)
    College of Business
  • Business Administration (BBA)
  • Healthcare Management (BS)
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Healthcare Administration (MBA)
    College of Health Professions
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (AS)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (AS)
  • Psychology (BA)
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)
  • Occupational Therapy (OTD)
    College of Nursing and Public Health
  • Nursing (BSN)
  • Nursing RN to BSN Degree Completion (BSN)
  • Public Health (BS)
  • Nursing with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
    College of Theology
  • Ministry (DMin)
AS - Associate of Science
BA - Bachelor of Arts
BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
BS - Bachelor of Science
BSN - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
DMin - Doctor of Ministry
MA - Master of Arts
MBA - Master of Business Administration
MS - Master of Science
MSN - Master of Science in Nursing
OTD - Doctor of Occupational Therapy

State Licensing

South University, West Palm Beach is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number (888)224-6684.

(any advertising): South University, West Palm Beach is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2987.

Institutional 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.

Student Profile

The campus had a Fall 2010 enrollment of 946 and a Spring 2011 enrollment of 881 students with over 100 faculty members. Approximately 25 percent of students are pursuing associate's degrees, 65 percent bachelor's degrees, and 9 percent master's degrees. The students are young professionals seeking to advance or start new careers.

Programmatic Accreditation

The following business programs at South University, West Palm Beach, the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration, and 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; 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, the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and the Master of Science in Nursing specializations at South University, West Palm Beach are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001;; telephone: 202.887.6791.

The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies and the Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies programs at South University, West Palm Beach are approved by the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7598 312.988.5522 800.285.2221.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at South University, West Palm Beach, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at South University, West Palm Beach 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.

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.

Effective April 1, 2017, ACOTE changed the accreditation status of the Associate of Science degree offered by the OTA Program on the South University-West Palm Beach campus to Probationary Accreditation for noncompliance with ACOTE Standard A.5.6 (certification exam pass rate). The program remains accredited; ACOTE has requested that the OTA Program submit a Progress Report based on the Plan of Correction to return the program to full compliance with ACOTE Standard A.5.6 within the mandated time period for correction, by April 2018.

The Master of Arts (MA), Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program at South University, West Palm Beach 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.)

South University, West Palm Beach has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). South University, West Palm Beach anticipates matriculating its first class in Summer 2017, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the March 2017 ARC-PA meeting.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

There is no guarantee the Program will receive Accreditation-Provisional status. Should the program not gain accreditation, the class anticipated to matriculate in Summer 2017 will receive a full refund of any deposit, fee or tuition payment paid to South University, West Palm Beach.


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