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Jefferson College of Health Sciences is authorized by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to offer postsecondary education in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Jefferson College of Health Sciences 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 Jefferson College of Health Sciences.
In addition to institutional accreditation, the following programs maintain professional accreditation and/or approval:
Emergency Services Program
The Emergency Services program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org
CoAEMSP, 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, 214-703-8445, www.coaemsp.org
The Emergency Services program is also accredited by the Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services (VAOEMS), 1041 Technology Park Drive, Glen Allen, VA. 23059, phone 1-800-523-6019
Medical Laboratory Science Program
The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. Website: https://www.naacls.org/
The baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing at Jefferson College of Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, Washington DC 20001, (202)887-6791 . (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
The pre-licensure and accelerated baccalaureate nursing programs are approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Virginia Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Maryland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond Virginia 23233-1463, (804) 367-4515, Fax: (804) 527-4455, Complaints: (800) 533-1560, e-mail: email@example.com, website: http://www.dhp.state.va.us/nursing.
Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant Programs
The Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at: ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department; American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 4720 Montgomery lane, Suite 200; Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, phone(301) 652-2682. (www.acoteonline.org)
Physician Assistant Program
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant program sponsored by Jefferson College of Health Sciences. Accreditation –Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2023. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
The Physical Therapist Assistant program of Jefferson College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: 703/684-3245 , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: http://www.capteonline.org.
Respiratory Therapy Program
The Respiratory Therapy program, CoARC program number 200312, baccalaureate degree, Jefferson College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), www.coarc.com
Surgical Technology Program
The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350 www.caahep.org
State Authorization: NC-SARA
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary, regional approach to state authorization in which affiliated post-secondary higher education institutions in member states agree to adhere to specific policies and standards related to distance education, supervised field experiences, and certain other activities. Virginia was approved as a SARA member state effective December 1, 2014, with the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) serving as the portal agency. Jefferson College of Health Sciences is an approved institution by SCHEV and NC-SARA, which allows our students to participate in distance education programs, internships and other in-place field experiences for credit in participating SARA states.
For more information about SARA visit: www.nc-sara.org
Complaint Process Regarding State Authorization
a. Complaints against an institution operating under SARA go first through the institution’s own procedures for resolution of grievances.
b. Complaints regarding student grades or student conduct violations are governed entirely by institutional policy and the laws of the SARA institution’s home state.
c. If a person bringing a complaint is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process for handling complaints, the complaint (except for complaints about grades or student conduct violations) may be appealed, within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made, to the SARA Portal Entity (SCHEV) in the Home State of the institution against which the complaint has been lodged. That entity shall notify the SARA Portal Entity for the state (SCHEV) in which the student is located of receipt of that appealed complaint. The resolution of the complaint by the institution’s home State SARA Portal Entity, through its SARA complaint resolution process, will be final, except for complaints that fall under the provision.
d. While the final resolution of the complaint rests with the SARA Portal Entity in the Home State of the institution against which the complaint has been lodged, the Portal Entity in the complainant’s location state may assist as needed. The final disposition of a complaint resolved by the Home State shall be communicated to the Portal Entity in the state where the student lived at the time of the incident leading to the complaint, if known.