Accreditation and Licensure

On February 1, 2018 Florida Technical College became an academic unit of National University College (NUC). As an accredited school, Florida Technical College has educated students for 35 years. However, with the transition to becoming an academic unit of NUC, we believe we are an educational institution with an even brighter future that will allow us to serve your educational needs even better than before!

National University College (NUC) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)*. The MSCHE is a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. We believe the MSCHE accreditation process will further enhance FTC’s programs through self-evaluation and improve our students’ opportunities in the future.

Florida Technical College is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education (CIE).

Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at: 325 West Gaines Street Suite 1414 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400 Toll-free: (888) 224-6684 Florida Technical College is a member of the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges.

For more information, please visit our Catalog – Accreditation and Licensure.

American Culinary Federation

The Baking and Pastelería and Culinary Arts Diploma programs at the Kissimmee campus are programmatically accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF).

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National University College

*National University College (NUC) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. NUC’s National University College – IBC Institute (NUC-IBC), Florida Technical College (FTC), and The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School (The DAVE School) are included in this accreditation. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

FTC recently reorganized its operational structure to increase its resources and academic offerings. It merged as an academic unit with National University College (NUC), which until recently had been a sister institution. NUC also took under its tutelage The Digital Animation & Visual Effects (DAVE) School.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Frequently Asked Questions: FTC, FTC CE, DAVE

What does the FTC organizational change consist of?

FTC recently reorganized its operational structure to increase its resources and academic offerings. It merged as an academic unit with National University College (NUC), which until recently had been a sister institution. NUC also took under its tutelage The Digital Animation & Visual Effects (DAVE) School which was a division of FTC.

What does this change represent for me as a student?

This change adds value and opportunities to your career. The fusion of our institutions will expand our academic offerings and provides a great variety of programs to choose from as you continue your studies. Likewise, we believe it will strengthen the education you receive as a National University College student based on Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s (MSCHE).

Who is MSCHE?

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It conducts accreditation activities for degree-granting nonprofit, public and for-profit higher education institutions in a defined geographic area, including institutions in that geographic area offering distance education. Its accreditation focuses on the educational excellence of the institution as a whole.

See www.msche.org (opens in new window) for more information on MSCHE.

Is MSCHE accreditation regional?

Yes. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education provides regional accreditation to universities and colleges in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States as well as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

What is the difference between regional and national accreditation?

The concept of national accreditation is much newer than regional accreditation. Although the term “national accreditation” might suggest a broader type of accreditation, that is not necessarily the case. National accreditors tend to accredit career, vocational, and trade schools that offer certificate and/or degree programs.

Regional accrediting agencies established the first type of academic standards for educational institutions. They are peer-based, nonprofit associations that allow a peer-evaluation of public and private educational institutions within their designated region.

Most regionally accredited institutions are predominantly degree-granting and public or nonprofit. A smaller number of for-profit institutions are regionally accredited. Regional accreditation can be viewed as more prestigious than national accreditation. Although nationally accredited institutions may accept credits from regionally or nationally accredited institutions, regionally accredited schools often do not accept credits from nationally accredited institutions.

In short, regionally accredited institutions provide a greater chance of credit transferability. However, regional accreditation does not guarantee credit transferability. This varies depending on the institution, program, course, and accrediting agency. FTC does not imply or guarantee that credits earned at FTC will be accepted or transferable to any other college, university, or institution. Graduates or students who would like to transfer credits earned at FTC to another school should understand that the decision to accept transfer credits is always at the discretion of the receiving institution. We advise students to consult the policies of other institutions to determine if they will accept credits from FTC.

What accreditation should I look for in a university?

The most recognized and accepted type of accreditation in the United States is regional accreditation. Often, college credits or degrees received at a regionally accredited institution are accepted by other regionally accredited colleges or universities. Non-regionally accredited programs are not as widely accepted. However, FTC does not imply or guarantee that credits earned at FTC will be accepted or transferable to any other college, university, or institution. Graduates or students who would like to transfer credits earned at FTC to another school should understand that the decision to accept transfer credits is always at the discretion of the receiving institution. We advise students to consult the policies of other institutions to determine if they will accept credits from FTC.

Why are the academic units of NUC located in Florida accredited by MSCHE instead of the regional agency, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)?

FTC is an academic unit of National University College (NUC) headquartered outside of the state of Florida. NUC is accredited by MSCHE. MSCHE’s directory of member institutions can be found clicking here (opens in new window).

Does this imply a change in the location of my institution?

No. You will continue studying at the campus where you enrolled and receive the same excellent service you have enjoyed thus far.

How does MSCHE accreditation benefit me as a student?

MSCHE accreditation provides students with:

  • Assurance that the institution in which you are enrolled meets the rigorous and comprehensive standards of MSCHE.
  • Potentially greater opportunities for transfer and validation of credits at other institutions in Puerto Rico and the United States.

Will the program in which I am enrolled experience any changes?

No. Your program will remain the same. Our programs are submitted to regular revisions that allow us to ensure the curriculum is up-to-date and complies with quality, accreditation, and employability standards.

Can I use facilities and services at NUC or other NUC Institutions?

Yes. As long as you use your student ID, you will have access to libraries, study rooms, and other student areas at our institutions.

Will I have the same professors?

Yes. We will continue to have our fully committed and trained faculty that teaches courses according to the curriculum.

Will I have to resubmit admission or financial aid documents after this change?

No. You are still an active student. Therefore, your enrollment and financial aid documents are already in your file.

Will I lose credits for classes I already took?

No. Your credits are still valid.

Will I lose my student aid or student loan?

No. You will keep your financial aid benefits.

Will the cost per credit or program increase?

The cost of programs at a diploma level will remain the same. The costs of associate, bachelor´s and master´s degrees will be adjusted to the cost per credit at NUC starting March 2018.

Will I still be able to use the transportation service currently provided by the institution?

Yes. You will still be able to use the transportation service.

Will I have to take the College Board?

You will only have to take the College Board if you transfer to an academic program that requires it.

Can I use the same uniform?

Yes. You can still use the same uniform. You will be notified if there are any changes.

What will happen with my externship?

The externship will continue according to your program with no changes.

(Graduates) Will my diploma no longer be valid due to the institution’s name change?

Your diploma remains valid. The institution has been licensed to operate in the state of Florida and accredited by an institutional accrediting agency.

Florida Technical College is an academic unit of National University College (NUC), which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Florida Technical College is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free (888) 224-6684. Florida Technical College is a member of the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. NOTICE: Credits and degrees earned from colleges which are licensed in the State of Florida do not necessarily qualify the holder to participate in professional licensing examinations in Florida. Any person interested in practicing a regulated profession in Florida should contact the appropriate State regulatory agency in the field of his or her interest.