Kettering College received accreditation through the Ohio Board of Regents (now known as The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) in 1968. Full regional accreditation was granted to the college in 1974 by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC – a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools). HLC accreditation has been maintained since that time, and the last comprehensive visit in 2023 resulted in a maximum-length 10-year accreditation term. The next Reaffirmation of Accreditation will take place during the 2032-33 academic year. The Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities (AAA) first granted accreditation to Kettering College in 1967. Kettering College has maintained AAA accreditation since that time and was granted the maximum accreditation term of 5-years as a result of the 2020 AAA visit. The current term ends on December 31, 2025.
The College has been approved by the respective U.S. government agencies for acceptance of foreign students and for student eligibility under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits and the U.S. Department of Education and Health and Human Services loans and grants.
For the protection of students, the U.S. Department of Education requires that colleges and universities that offer distance education be registered in the home states of all their online students. This is a difficult and costly task for all institutions. The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) is an organization of states, districts, and territories of the United States that establishes quality standards and protections for online students. Institutions in each member state can register in their state and they are then authorized to offer distance education in all other member states. This agreement makes it much easier for institutions to offer clinical assignments and online education in SARA member states.
The State of Ohio is a member of NC-SARA and Kettering College (KC) participates in NC-SARA. At this time, California, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands do not participate in NC-SARA, and Kettering College must register in these jurisdictions to offer distance education there.
The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) is responsible for responding to formal complaints against public, independent non-profit and proprietary institutions of higher education in Ohio. While the ODHE has limited authority over colleges and universities, and cannot offer legal advice or initiate civil court cases, the Chancellor’s staff will review submitted complaints and work with student complainants and institutions.
Complaints not under the jurisdiction of the Ohio Department of Higher Education include:
- Complaints filed more than two years after the incident
- Grade disputes
- Student conduct violations
- Criminal misconduct
- Violations of federal law
For additional information and to submit a complaint, please see the Ohio Higher Education website https://www.ohiohighered.org/students/complaints
Approved Individual Professional Curricula
Professional Licensure & Certification Disclosures for Clinical Programs
Kettering College’s academic programs are designed to prepare students for their respective certification or licensure exams and to apply for licensure or certification in Ohio. To this end, Kettering College’s clinical programs are fully accredited by regional and programmatic accreditors, however, completion of a program may not meet all requirements for licensure or certification in another state. Separate from educational requirements, state licensure boards may require applicants to complete professional examinations, background checks, jurisprudence (state laws, rules, and/or regulations) exams, etc. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, it is strongly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding licensure or certification requirements before beginning an academic program. Kettering College makes every effort to ensure information about educational requirements for licensure or certification information is current; however, state requirements may change.
If your program leads to a professional license or certification, authorization may be required from the state professional licensing board prior to beginning a clinical or field experience in that state. Check with your program’s internship or clinical coordinator with questions about state professional licensing board requirements prior to beginning an internship or field experience in another state.
Click through the links to review whether a Kettering College licensure or certification program meets educational requirements for initial licensure or certification in each state.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The diagnostic medical sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756, upon recommendation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 6021 University Blvd., Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) prelicensure, the Accelerated BSN-P and the LPN to BSN tracks, have been granted full approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing 17 S. High St., Suite 660, Columbus, OH 43215-7410. The BSN degree (B.S.N. pre-licensure, Accelerated BSN-P, LPN to BSN and the BSN online completion tracks) is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org.
Physician Assistant Studies
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Kettering College. 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 2024. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the accreditation standards and ARC-PA policy.
The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at https://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-kettering-college/
The Physician Assistant Program is also an active member of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).
Radiologic Sciences and Imaging
Opened in 1965 as the Kettering Memorial Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, the radiologic technology program has been accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, since that time.
The advanced imaging programs are accredited within the scope of the College’s regional accreditation process.
The nuclear medicine program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT), 2000 W. Danforth Road, Suite 130, No. 203, Edmond, OK 73003; 405-285-0546; http://www.jrcnmt.org/.
The respiratory care program is approved by the Ohio Respiratory Care Board, 77 S. High St., 16th floor, Columbus, OH 43215. The respiratory care, Kettering College program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244.
The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program 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 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all 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.
The clinical facilities used by the College are accredited by appropriate agencies as applicable.