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SACSCOC Accreditation Statement

Copiah-Lincoln Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Associate in Arts and Associate in Applied Science degrees. Contact the SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. The commission is ONLY to be contacted if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard. All normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, and other college-related information should be addressed directly to the college and NOT to the office of the SACSCOC. Co-Lin's Accreditation Status

Copiah-Lincoln Community College branch campuses, Copiah-Lincoln Community Natchez Campus and Copiah-Lincoln Community College Simpson County Center, accreditation depends on the continued accreditation of the parent institution.


Copiah-Lincoln is also an active member of the American Association of Community Colleges, the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges, and the Mississippi Association of Colleges & Employers.

Program Accreditations:

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning of Mississippi (3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211, (601) 432-6486, and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; Phone 404-975-5000; Fax 404-975-5020; *USDOE Recognized. Graduates that meet the requirements of the State Board of Nursing are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX®-RN).

The Medical Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. *USDOE Recognized

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences; 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119, 773.714.8880.

The Respiratory Care Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care; 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244, 817.283.2835,

The Practical Nursing program is accredited by the Mississippi Community College Board; 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39311,

The Automotive Technology program is accredited by ASE Education Foundation; 1503 Edwards Ferry Rd., NE Suite 401, Leesburg, VA 20176,


Copiah-Lincoln Community College is authorized in all states listed as NC-SARA states as an institutional participant. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a national initiative to provide more access to online courses while maintaining compliance standards with state regulatory agencies. SARA allows institutions to provide online courses outside of their own state borders by seeking and maintaining state approvals via a streamlined process. To learn more about SARA, please visit

Professional Licensure

Some degree programs at Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Co-Lin) are designed to be terminal while others are designed for transfer. A terminal degree (typically an Associate’s in Applied Science degree) is customarily for students who are looking to enter the workforce once they graduate from Co-Lin. A transfer degree (typically an Associate’s in Arts degree) is customarily for students who plan to continue their studies by transferring their credits to a four-year college or university.

Some of the terminal degree programs available at Co-Lin lead to professional licensure. Earning a degree from Co-Lin in any of these programs prepares the student to become licensed to work in Mississippi. However, there may be additional requirements if the student wishes to work outside of Mississippi. While Co-Lin attempts to identify and notify any student for which this may occur, if you are considering one of these programs and plan to apply for licensure outside of Mississippi, please contact the respective licensing board in that state to determine whether the Co-Lin program will meet its educational requirements for licensure.  

In addition to these program-specific notifications, Co-Lin has created a list of our transfer degree programs of study offered. Although no licensure is required upon earning one of these degrees from Co-Lin, some of the professions associated with these fields of study can ultimately require licensure once the student has earned a higher-level degree at the institution to which s/he has transferred.

This document provides details regarding licensure for both our terminal degree programs and for those potential professions associated with transfer degree programs. If you have questions regarding any program that is not listed in the document, please email