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South College

Knoxville, TN

17 Programs

Available Programs

  • Health Science - Associate
    Medicine and Health Care

    Health science covers a large group of career paths related to the delivery of healthcare to those in need. Whether you’re interested in the application or the research; our specialized programs & concentrations can help you home in on your specific goals.

    If you’re interested in hands on patient care, you can learn about the human body and perform various diagnostic imaging procedures that help treat disease and injury.

    Additionally, you can plan your future career by preparing to enter the nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, and physician’s assistant fields. No matter where you’re starting, our programs can help guide you in the right direction.

  • Health Science / Pre-Pharmacy - Associate
    Medicine and Health Care

    The Associate of Science in Health Science (Pre-Pharmacy) program is designed to provide the foundational courses for students who intend to apply to our Doctor of Pharmacy program. It is also excellent preparation for careers in the biological, life, or health sciences, as well as advanced degrees related to the health sciences.

  • Physical Therapy Assistant - Associate
    Medicine and Health Care

    Students in the Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program will be ready to take on entry-level positions in the growing and evolving field of physical therapy in about two years.

    Through both classroom and in-the-field clinical training, you’ll develop the skills you need to assist physical therapists in delivering treatment plans that help patients from athletes to military veterans regain function, strength, and control. This course of study covers all aspects of physical therapy, including sports medicine, pediatrics, acute care, outpatient orthopedics, rehabilitation, extended care, and assisted living.

  • Medical Assisting - Certificate
    Medicine and Health Care

    Our unique 1 + 1 program allows students who complete the 9-month certificate program to continue for an additional 3-4 quarters to complete the general education requirements and earn an Associate degree in Medical Assisting.

  • Medical Assisting - Associate
    Medicine and Health Care

    An Associate of Science in Medical Assisting will prepare you to work in a medical office, assisting practitioners with examining and treating patients, performing laboratory testing, and providing administrative support.

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Associate
    Medicine and Health Care

    Diagnostic medical sonographers use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body (in a procedure commonly known as an ultrasound, sonogram, or echocardiogram) to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.

    Through completion of the Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at South College, you could be exploring career opportunities as an entry-level diagnostic medical sonographer in just over two years (27 months). This is a growing field in the healthcare industry, offering a challenging, fulfilling work environment.

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant - Associate
    Medicine and Health Care

    The Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant program is challenging but incredibly rewarding for students determined to pursue a career in the field of occupational therapy.

    Through immersive classroom and clinical instruction, you’ll develop the skills necessary to work in tandem with an occupational therapist, helping patients to overcome difficulties and live a healthier, fuller life.

    Upon completion of your degree, you will have gained valuable experience that is necessary to provide meaningful therapeutic strategies for children, adults, and seniors living with a wide variety of conditions.

  • Computed Tomography - Certificate
    Medicine and Health Care

    In the Certificate in Computed Tomography program at South College, current radiography and nuclear medicine professionals and graduates will learn the skills necessary to be successful as entry-level computed tomography (CT) technologists. CT imaging is vital for diagnosing and treating patients with a variety of healthcare needs, and demand for competent, trained professionals continues to rise.

    In this program, you’ll learn to how to use this technology to produce the best possible medical images while providing excellent patient care and protecting yourself and the patient from unnecessary radiation exposure. The curriculum includes CT physics and instrumentation, cross-sectional anatomy, patient care and safety, imaging techniques and procedures specific to CT imaging, and quality control.

    The taught portion of the program is completed online, and the clinical component is be completed at facilities affiliated with South College.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging - Certificate
    Medicine and Health Care

    The Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging at South College is designed to create advancement opportunities for current radiologic technologists, nuclear medicine technologists, ultrasound technologists, and radiation therapists.

    In this 6-month program, you will learn to competently apply basic protocols of MRI, recognize when and how to appropriately alter standard protocol, recognize equipment and patient considerations that affect image quality, and maintain a safe MRI environment.

  • Radiography - Associate
    Medicine and Health Care

    In the Associate of Science in Radiography program, students will learn to operate current radiographic equipment and help diagnose patients in a variety of clinical settings.

    You’ll build the foundations of a successful career with expert guidance on providing quality patient care, following ALARA principles to minimize radiation exposure and capture the best images possible while being sensitive to the patient’s physical and psychological needs.

  • B.S. Health Science / Diagnostic Medical Sonography
    Medicine and Health Care

    The Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a Concentration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography is designed to facilitate matriculation of associate degree imaging professionals to the bachelor’s level.

    The curriculum builds on the core undergraduate courses of preparation in Diagnostic Medical Sonography to expand student knowledge, including areas such as digital imaging, advanced patient care, and special topics. Students also receive instruction in health science current trends and issues, healthcare administration, healthcare law and ethics, and leadership.

  • B.S. Health Science (Post PTA)
    Medicine and Health Care

    The Bachelor of Science in Health Science (Post PTA) program is designed for students who have completed an associate-level physical therapy assistant degree and want to apply the major curriculum credits earned in that program toward a bachelor’s degree. South College is one of few programs in the country to offer this option and the curriculum is designed to expand your knowledge base including courses in biology, chemistry, physics, healthcare administration, human resource management, and health science leadership.

    Earning your bachelor’s degree may expand your opportunities as a PTA in physical therapy or healthcare environments and the bachelor’s degree is a key qualification for those wishing to apply for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

  • B.S. Health Science / Pre-Physical Therapy
    Medicine and Health Care

    For many patients who’ve suffered injury, illness, or other conditions that limit their ability to function normally, physical therapy is a crucial aspect of recovery. If you’re interested in a career helping patients through physical therapy, South College’s Bachelor of Science in Health Science (Pre-Physical Therapy) program provides the foundational training you need to begin your career.

    Under the instruction of South College’s highly trained faculty, you will gain essential skills and knowledge in areas like physiology, biology, chemistry, healthcare law and ethics, and healthcare administration. These studies will lay the groundwork for pursuing physical therapy career specializations and eventual certification.

    Physical therapists help millions of people regain their health and mobility with expert knowledge of human anatomy, leading treatments, and professional, compassionate patient care. This program can be demanding and fast-paced, but is ultimately rewarding for students who are committed to pursuing a career in health sciences.

  • B.S. Health Science / Pre-Physician Assistant
    Medicine and Health Care

    South College’s Bachelor of Science in Health Science (Pre-Physician Assistant) program gives students the foundational knowledge to pursue admittance to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. Students who do not choose to pursue a master’s program will also find opportunities for positions in the biological, life, or health sciences.

    In addition to a variety of general education courses, the curriculum includes foundational courses in anatomy, physiology, biology, and chemistry. Students also take healthcare administration courses including healthcare law and ethics, health science research, health economics, and health science leadership.

    Physician assistants are healthcare professionals who are licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. They help to improve access to medical care by expanding a physician’s practice base, which is especially important in medically underserved areas. Many PAs are employed in primary care specialties, including family practice, pediatrics, and general medicine.

  • B.S. Health Science
    Healthcare Administration

    The Bachelor of Science in Health Science program at South College provides a foundational education for students wishing to pursue professions or graduate education in the pure or applied health sciences, including medicine, nursing, and pharmacy studies.

    Graduates from this program often have many choices for entry into and promotion within a variety of fields. Whether you choose to enter the workforce or continue your education, our B.S. in Health Science program is just the first stepping stone to a rich and fulfilling scientific career.

    Students will graduate the program with training in clinical competency, health science research activities and processes, and the interpersonal and workplace skills required for leadership roles. If you’re interested in working with the latest medical technologies, methodologies, and innovations, a career in the health sciences can be an exciting and challenging prospect with a lot of job opportunities in a range of applications.

  • Health Science / Pre-Nursing - Associate

    The Associate of Science in Health Science (Pre-Nursing) program at South College is designed to be the foundation for advanced programs like the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and BSN to MSN track, and ultimately for your nursing career. Students who do not go on to pursue a bachelor’s degree will be qualified for a variety of entry-level positions in the biological, life, or health sciences.

  • Licensed Practical Nursing - Certificate

    The Certificate Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program provides practical nurses with academic and clinical practice opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills that are essential to meet the demands of today’s healthcare environment. The program offers career-focused curricula designed to cultivate students’ successful learning and the ability to apply knowledge, think critically, and communicate effectively. Graduates of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program are eligible to take the LPN licensure examination (NCLEX-PN).


South College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the doctorate, educational specialist, master’s, baccalaureate, and associate levels. 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 College.


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