About the TCAT //

Governance and Accreditation

The Tennessee Board of Regents

The Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology are governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system. The TBR is the largest higher education system in Tennessee, governing 40 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system is comprised of thirteen community colleges and twenty-seven technology colleges.

Chancellor Flora Tydings
Tennessee Board of Regents
1 Bridgestone Park, Third Floor
Nashville, TN 37214
http://www.tbr.edu

The activities of the Tennessee Board of Regents System are coordinated with the Tennessee Higher Education System in an effort to achieve unity in the programs of higher education in Tennessee.

Executive Director Mike Krause
Tennessee Higher Education Commission
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37243
https://www.tn.gov/thec/

Advisory Committees

Advisory committees provide information and recommendations to assist administrative and instructional staff members in the effective operation of the college; assessing the needs of the students and local industry; and keeping abreast of the latest equipment, methods, and technologies.

The ultimate goal of advisory committees is to make valuable recommendations for the development of new programs and to remain current in already established programs. 

College Accreditation

Tennessee College of Applied Technology is accredited by Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE).

Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
(770) 396-3968
http://www.council.org

The COE, originally founded in 1971 as a regional accrediting agency of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, is the successor to the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions (COEI). In 1995, the Council became a national accrediting agency. In 2006, the Council celebrated its 35th year of assuring quality and integrity in career and technical education. The Council's accreditation process is conducted on behalf of more than 181,000 students across the nation who pursue careers in a variety of technical fields.

Program Accreditations and Certifications

Some TCAT programs are accredited by external organizations. In addition, students in certain programs may be required or have the opportunity to sit for certified examinations to demonstrate expertise. The following is a list of accreditations and certifications by program:

Collision Repair Technology

Accreditation

  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

Certifications

  • Painting and Refinishing (ASE)
  • Structural Analysis and Damage Repair (ASE)
  • Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair (ASE)
  • Mechanical and Electrical (ASE)
  • Estimating (ASE)
  • EPA 6H Spray Painter Certificate
  • SP2 Collision Repair Pollution Prevention
  • SP2 Collision Repair Hazardous Material Handling
  • SP2 Collision Repair Safety
  • SP2 Land That Job Interview Skills
  • SP2 Mechanical Repair Safety
  • OSHA 10 General Industry Course

Surgical Technology

Accreditation

  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting

Certifications

  • Certified Surgical Technologist

Medical Assistant

Accreditation

  • American Medical Technologist (AMT)
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
  • Certified Administrative Medical Assistant (CAMA)

Certifications

  • Registered Medical Assistant
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA)

Medical Office Information Technology

Accreditation

  • Electronic Health Records Specialist by National Healthcare Association
  • Billing and Coding Specialist by National Healthcare Association
  • Medical Administrative Office Assistant by National Healthcare Association

Certifications

  • Certified Electronic Health Records (NHA)
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (NHA)
  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (NHA)

Welding

Accreditation

  • American Welding Society (AWS)

Certifications

  • Plate Certification MIG (AWS)
  • 6G Pipe Certification TIG (AWS)
  • Plate Certification TIG (AWS)
  • Pipe Certification TIG (AWS)
  • 6G Pipe Certification Stick (AWS)
  • Plate Certification Stick (AWS)

Machine Tool Technology

Accreditation

  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Certifications

  • NIMS certifications

Heating, Ventiliation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Accreditation

  • HVAC Excellence

Certifications

  • HVAC Excellence/ESCO - Electrical
  • HVAC Excellence/ESCO - Electric Heat
  • OSHA 10 Hour Certification
  • EPA Section 608
  • R410A Certification
  • Green Technician Certification
  • Snap-On Tools Building Performance Instruments

Diesel Powered Equipment Technology

Accreditation

  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

Certifications

  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

Dental Assisting

Accreditation

  • Commission on Dental Accreditation

Certifications

  • Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)
  • Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

Automotive Technology

Accreditation

  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

Certifications

  • Suspension and Steering (ASE)
  • Brakes (ASE)
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems (ASE)
  • Engine Performance (ASE)
  • Engine Repair (ASE)
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle (ASE)
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles (ASE)
  • Heating and Air Conditioning (ASE)
  • Maintenance and Light Repair (ASE)
  • SP2 Mechanical Pollution Prevention
  • SP2 Land That Job Interview Skills
  • SP2 Mechanical Safety
  • EPA Section 609 Certification