Southwest Mississippi Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southwest Mississippi Community College.

The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA)


As a federal requirement, Southwest Mississippi Community College must be authorized to provide postsecondary educational instruction by the home states of its students To accomplish this task for out-of-state students, Southwest participates in "the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary online education courses and programs.

Professional Licensure

Requirements for licensure vary from program to program and from state to state. If a student lives outside the state of Mississippi and is considering a program and desires licensure in another state, then the person should contact the appropriate state before applying to Southwest Mississippi Community College.

While it is the student's responsibility to contact the appropriate licensing board Southwest will make attempts to contact students who are residing out of state while enrolled in licensure programs to prompt them to check their state's requirements.

For your licensure or certification questions, click the appropriate link: Associate Degree Nursing, Practical NursingCosmetology, and Well Construction Technology.

Southwest Mississippi Community College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.