Accreditation

Springfield Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied though a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
781-425- 7785
E-Mail: cihe@neasc.org

The College is approved by the Board of Collegiate Authority, Massachusetts Department of Education; by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission; by the United States Office of Education for listing in the Directory of Higher Education; for the National Defense Student Loan Program; for federal assistance from any unit of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; by the United States Veterans Administration for the admission of veterans and war orphans; by the United States Department of Justice as a place of study for non-immigrant students; and by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit organization. Please contact the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (755-4440) , located in Room 223-Garvey Hall, for procedures for obtaining or reviewing documents describing accreditation, approval, or licensing.

Calculation of Credit Hours

Springfield Technical Community College defines its credit hour in accordance with Federal Regulation 34 CFR 600.2 published in the US Department of Education final regulations of October 29, 2010.

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations 

All courses are constructed to allow students to achieve the stated outcomes/objectives. Lecture courses meet for 50 minutes per credit hour (one contact hour) each week of the semester. A typical onsite 3-credit lecture course would meet for a total of 150 minutes per week, either as three 50-minute class sessions, two 75-minute class sessions, or another configuration adding up to 150 minutes. For each hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction, students should assume a minimum of two hours of additional work outside of class. For online courses, students are expected to devote the same amount of time as with onsite courses, and engage regularly with the instructor, such that course outcomes/objectives are achieved.

Individual programs in the School of Health and Patient Simulation are accredited as follows:

Medical Laboratory Technician

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

2015-2022

Dental Assistant

American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation

2012-2019

Dental Hygiene

American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation

2012-2019

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) 
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

2015-2020

Medical Assistant Certificate

The American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

2006-2016

Nursing

ACEN© Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

2014-2022

Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

2011-2021

Physical Therapist Assistant

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA/CAPTE) 

2008 to June 2018

Radiography

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

2011-2020

Respiratory Care

Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC)

2007-2016

Surgical Technology

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

2015-2025

Individual programs in the School of Engineering Technologies are accredited as follows:

Civil Engineering Technology

Accredited by the TAC Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, Telephone (410) 347-7700

Civil Engineering - Construction Management

Accredited by the TAC Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, Telephone (410) 347-7700

Electrical Engineering Technology

Accredited by the TAC Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, Telephone (410) 347-7700

Electronic Systems Engineering Technology

Accredited by the TAC Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, Telephone (410) 347-7700

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Accredited by the TAC Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, Telephone (410) 347-7700