Regents Online Degree Program Overview and Outlook

As administered by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), the Regents Online Degree Program is presented by the Regents Online Campus Collaborative, which consists of 46 member schools in the state of Tennessee. The collaborative is made up of universities, community colleges and technical centers offering online, asynchronous degree programs.

Through the Regents Online Degree program, Tennessee students can pursue online education.

What Is the Regents Online Degree Program?

The Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus. Six universities, 13 community colleges and 27 Tennessee Technology Centers (TTCs) around Tennessee participate in the Regents Online Degree Program and offer certificate, associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs. The RODP also offers the Regents Online Continuing Education and Workforce Development (ROCE) program.

Students must choose a home school that will handle the registration, admissions, recordkeeping and degree or certificate bestowment. Courses, which are offered asynchronously and entirely online, are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Semesters are 15 weeks in length, and programs are transferable to any participating college or university. Students should check individual programs for computer, Internet connection and software application requirements.

Program Recognition

The program has received many awards over the years, including:

  • The Platinum Award at the IMS Global Learning Consortium in 2008.
  • A Non-Credit Program Award at the 2009 Tennessee Alliance Continuing Higher Education Conference
  • The Bronze Award in the Horizons Interactive Awards competition in 2010

Programs Offered

Certificates and technical diplomas are offered through the technical centers, associate's degrees through the community colleges and bachelor's and master's degrees through the six universities. All Regents Online Degree Programs are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The technology centers are accredited through the Council on Occupational Education (COE).

Diplomas and Certificates

Online technical certificates and diplomas are awarded through the 27 Tennessee Technology Centers. Certificate programs are offered in areas such as:

  • Web page authoring
  • Computer information systems
  • Drafting and CAD technology
  • Administrative office technology
  • Licensed practice nurse refresher
  • Dementia care

Associate's Degrees

Associate's degree programs are offered through the 13 community colleges in the following subject areas:

  • Early childhood education
  • Teaching
  • Health information technology
  • Criminal justice
  • Web technology
  • Information technology
  • General studies
  • Teacher's aide

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Bachelor's programs are offered through six Tennessee universities. Students can pursue the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies with a concentration in:
    • Information technology
    • Organizational leadership
    • International organizational leadership
    • Health administration

Graduate Options

Master's degrees are offered in:

  • Nursing
  • Education
  • Professional studies with concentrations in:
    • Strategic leadership
    • Training and development
    • Human resources leadership

Experienced teachers may also earn endorsements to their teaching certifications in special education, ESL (English as a Second Language) or math.

The Regents Online Degree Program is provides a way for Tennessee students to pursue online studies through several different universities at multiple degree levels and in a wide range of subjects.


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