The Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA) approved the opening of Kettering College in September 1967. The Ohio Board of Regents authorized the degrees in March 1968. The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (800) 621-7440, granted correspondent standing in July 1968, candidate standing in July 1970, and full accreditation in March 1974. 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. Individual professional curricula are approved as follows:
Diagnostic medical sonography
The diagnostic medical sonography program has been educating students since 1980 and 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, 2025 Woodlane Dr., St. Paul, MN 55125-2998.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prelicensure degree with advanced placement for LPNs has been granted full approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org.
The physician assistant degree at Kettering College is accredited through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, 12000 Findley Road, Suite 240, Duluth, GA 30097, and the Higher Learning Commission. 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 department 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 Rd., Suite 130, No. 203, Edmond OK 73003; (405) 285-0546.
The respiratory care department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244; (817) 283-2835.
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits more than 2000 educational programs in twenty (20) health science occupations.
The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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. Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates 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, most 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