Accreditation

Since 1981, Southeast Technical Institute has maintained accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, 312-263-0456.

In December 2006, Southeast Tech was officially accepted into the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) pathway for accreditation.

HLC discontinued the AQIP pathway in Summer 2018, and Southeast Tech moved to the Open Pathway. The Open Pathway is a process through which an already-accredited institution in good accreditation standing can maintain accreditation through a series of activities over a 10 year period. The pathway is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement. The pathway requires the institute to follow a specific accreditation cycle:

  • Annually: Submit an Institutional Update to assure federal compliance and identify any changes needing HLC follow up.
  • Year 4: Complete an Assurance Review by providing documentation that demonstrates the institute is fulfilling HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The materials are reviewed by a peer review team with official action from the Institutional Actions Council (IAC).
  • Year 5-9: Undertake a Quality Initiative project focusing on a specific aspect of the institute for improvement. HLC peer reviewers approve the initial project proposal as well as the final report of the project’s outcomes.
  • Year 10: Undergo a Comprehensive Evaluation to ensure the institute is meeting the Criteria for Accreditation, pursuing institutional improvement, and complying with certain requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education. The review leads to the Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Southeast Tech’s current AQIP Systems Portfolio and Portfolio Appraisal links are below:

View Systems Portfolio  View Systems Appraisal

The South Dakota Board of Education has approved Southeast Tech to grant the associate of applied science degree, diplomas and certificates.

Specialized Accreditations

Many Southeast Tech programs maintain specialized accreditations. Some of these include:

Automotive Technology & Collision Repair and Refinish Technology

The Automotive Technology and Collision Repair Technology programs are certified as Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) programs by the ASE Education Foundation (ASEEF).

ASE Education Foundation Logo

Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation
101 Blue Seal Drive SE, Suite 101
Leesburg, VA 20175
702-669-6600
www.aseeducationfoundation.org

Cardiac Sonography

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits the Southeast Tech Cardiac Sonography Program upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education ProgramsCAAHEP logo
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

JRC-CVT
Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology
1449 Hill Street
Whitinsville, MA 01588
978-456-5594
www.jrccvt.org

ARDMS
American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852-1402
301-738-8401 or 800-541-9754
www.ardms.org

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The Southeast Tech Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS.)

CAAHAP logoCommission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

JRC-DMS
Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500
Ellicott City, MD 21043
443-973-3251
www.jrcdms.org

ARDMS
American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852-1402
301-738-8401 or 800-541-9754
www.ardms.org

Electroneurodiagnostic Technician (ENDT)

Southeast Tech's Electroneurodiagnostic Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for Education in Neurodiagnostic Technology (CoA-NDT).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education ProgramsCAAHEP logo
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

CoA-NDT
Committee of Accreditation-Neurdiagonstic Technology
1449 Hill Street
Whitinsville, MA 01588
978-338-6300
office@coa-ndt.org

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program is accredited through the HVAC Excellence Accreditation program.

HVAC Excellence Programmatic Accreditation
1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006
www.hvacexcellence.org/accreditation

Invasive Cardiovascular Technology 

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits the Southeast Tech Invasive Cardiovascular Program upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education ProgramsCAAHEP logo
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

CCI
Cardiovascular Credentialing International
1500 Sunday Drive Suite 102
Raleigh, NC 27607
800-326-0268
www.cci-online.org

JRC-CVT
Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology 
1449 Hill Street
Whitinsville, MA 01588
978-456-5594
www.jrccvt.org

Law Enforcement Science

Law Enforcement Science is approved by the South Dakota Law Enforcement Standards and Training Commission.

South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standard and Training Commission
1302 E Highway 14, Suite 5
Pierre, SD 57501
605-773-3584

http://dci.sd.gov

Licensed Practical Nurse

The Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program has full approval status from the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

South Dakota Board of Nursing
4305 S Louise Ave, Suite 201
Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3315
605-362-2760
doh.sd.gov/boards/nursing/

Medical Assistant

The Medical Assisting Program at Southeast Technical Institute is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education ProgramsCAAHEP logo
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org/

Registered Nurse

Southeast Tech's RN associate degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Accreditation Commission for Education in NursingACEN Accreditation seal
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org

Southeast Tech's Registered Nurse (RN) program has full approval status from the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

South Dakota Board of Nursing
4305 S Louise Ave, Suite 201
Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3315
605-362-2760
doh.sd.gov/boards/nursing

Surgical Technician

The Southeast Tech Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education ProgramsCAAHEP logo
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
7272 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
1-866-279-0681
www.ashp.org/

Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE)ACPE logo
135 S LaSalle St, Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60603-4810
312-664-3575
www.cpe-accredit.org

Phlebotomy Technician

The Phlebotomy Technician program is accredited by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
33 W Monroe St, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
312-541-4999
www.ascp.org

Vascular Sonography

The Southeast Tech Vascular Ultrasound Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education ProgramsCAAHEP logo
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

JRC-CVT
Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology
1449 Hill Street
Whitinsville, MA 01588
978-456-5594
www.jrccvt.org

ARDMS
American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852-1402
301-738-8401 or 800-541-9754
www.ardms.org

  

Welding

American Welding Society logoSoutheast Tech is the first Accredited Test Facility (ATF) in South Dakota through the American Welding Society. Diploma students earn two AWS welding certifications by completing the program.