Private Non-Public schools like this do not normally go thru ‘accreditation’. To be legal, the institution must go through a process called ‘Authorization’ with the state of Georgia Non-Public Education Commission, normally referred to as GNPEC (pronounced jen-pek).
Obtaining authorization from the state is an arduous, and relatively expensive process that requires submission of hundreds of pages of documents over $2000 in fees, insurance, bonding, and 3 to 6 months of back and forth to get all of the information submitted. Not only that, but the school must be financially sound, having a minimum 3 months of operating expenses available at all times in the bank.
Once authorization is achieved, it is only valid for one year, and the institution has strict reporting and records retention rules in accordance with state law. The state is very strict on these requirements, and failing to meet them can result in a loss of your authorization to operate, fines, and penalties.
In some specific instances, some larger institutions not only go through an accreditation process, but STILL must go through the GNPEC authorization process for every program that is offered. So, in a nut-shell, if your school is not part of the University System of Georgia, you are required to be authorized by GNPEC, according to state law, no matter what agency has accredited your school.
Unique to this state authorization scheme, schools that are solely authorized by GNPEC cannot use the terms: University, College, Licensed by the State or Accredited by the State. The term ‘Authorized’ is the only term that can legally be used.
Good news for you? The Modern Dental Career Center has completed the authorization process, and is authorized to operate in the state of Georgia. If you have any questions about this or any other part of our school, please feel free to contact us, or better yet, feel free to attend one of our monthly open-house events to meet, greet and ask all the questions you have! Click the image below to go to the GNPEC website:
The website for the Georgia Non-Public Education Commission is gnpec.georgia.gov. If you would like a more comprehensive explanation of the authorization process from a private consultant, visit gnpechelp.com