Accreditation & Approvals | South Hills School of Business & Technology

Accreditation & Approvals

South Hills School of Business & Technology (South Hills) is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC, 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302, Arlington, Virginia 22201, 703-247-4212) to award diplomas, Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) degrees, and Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) degrees. ACCSC is recognized by the United States Department of Education as an independent accrediting agency.

South Hills is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, State Board of Private Licensed Schools, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333, 717-783-8228.

South Hills has received the following approvals:

South Hills is authorized by Federal law for enrollment of nonimmigrant alien students.

Program-specific Accreditations

The Medical Assistant Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) Degree program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Upon successful completion of the MA program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS), Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus (DPP), and Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional (DMP) programs for General, Cardiac, and Vascular Sonography are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 25400 US Hwy 19 N. Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350, upon recommendation of the Joint Review Commission for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

The Health Information Technology (HIT) specialized associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Upon successful completion of the HIT program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the Registered Health Information Technology (RHIT) examination.

Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.