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Professional-Technical Programs

Approval and Revisions

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is required to approve all professional-technical degree and certificate programs prior to program implementation.

In cooperation with the college system, SBCTC sets rules, procedures and guidelines for approving all proposed new professional/technical programs, curriculum modifications and program title changes.

For support with professional technical program approvals or revisions please contact, program approval staff. 

The new Plan Approval website is available for colleges to use! Please follow the instructions below and if you have any questions, please contact program approval staff. 

Process and forms needed for program approval:

  1. Review the guidelines for the Professional-Technical PAR Guidelines (updated February 2024).
  2. To request a new plan, access the Plan Approval website and complete the New Plan Form.
  3. Review the Program Advisory Committee Procedures. Attach this advisory committee membership form when submitting your program for approval.

Process for program modifications:

  1. Access the Plan Approval website to request modifications to an existing plan.

Process for adding/removing a last admit term:

  1. Access the Plan Approval website to request to add/remove a last admit term on an existing plan.

If you are having difficulty accessing the Plan Approval website, please contact program approval staff.


Shelby Means
Education Program Coordinator, Education Division

William Belden
Policy Associate, Workforce Education


  • Viability Analysis
    Programs should be continually reviewed for effectiveness in meeting industry training needs and fulfilling the college mission. Programs that are no longer effective should be should be subject to review for viability 

For more information regarding program advisory committees, contact SBCTC Program Approval Staff


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