DISCLAIMER: As of 3/11/2016, the state of Ga is part of SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) This will drastically reduce the number of states in which we will have issues, going forward.

NOTE: States can change their requirements at any time and without notice. Therefore, if you are unsure, it is always best to check with UWG Online before enrolling an out-of-state resident in an online program (contact online@westga.edu).

Please also note that state authorization rules and reciprocity agreements such as SARA have no impact on state professional licensing requirements: 
Distance education programs in nursing, education, social work, counseling, allied health professions, veterinary medicine, etc. may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students that reside outside the state of Georgia who are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate Board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. UWG cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student’s state.










 
 













State-by-State Details (Where Can We Admit Students? Hold Practicums? Hire Instructors? Market?)
Subject to Change - Updated 4/21/2017 - Contact UWG Online (dereg@westga.edu/ 678-839-0630, if Uncertain)

 State        Admit?    
Market
Locally?  (applies to face-to-face programs too)
 Practicums?   
 Instructors?
 Alabama         Yes  
 Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Alaska        Yes     Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Arizona       Yes            Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Arkansas    Yes
 Yes     Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 California (non-SARA)   Yes     Yes Yes  Yes
 Connecticut
 related link
 Yes Yes Yes 
Yes but review SARA rules
 Yes
 Colorado     Yes Yes         Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Delaware
 
 Yes Yes  Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 District of Columbia Yes Yes Yes but review SARA Rules Yes
 Florida (non-SARA)
 SECRRA state    
 Yes Yes Yes, but SECCRA ends June 30, 2017 Yes
 Georgia Yes Yes             Yes Yes
 Hawaii 
 Yes Yes Yes but review SARA Rules Yes
 Idaho Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Illinois Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Indiana         Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules
Per email 1/24/2017, IN requires authorization and fees if we have more than 10 students in a practicum, clinical, internship, or similar on-ground experience in IN. We must submit each case for review. (we currently have two counseling students who are resident of IN and should complete in July 2017 - per eleak)
 Yes
 Iowa     Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Kansas     Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Kentucky
 SECRRA state
 Yes Yes Yes - SECRRA ends June 30, 2017 Yes
 Louisiana  Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Maine Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Maryland Yes
 Yes Yes but review SARA rules 
EXCEPTION: Per email 3/02/2017 Maryland Board of Nursing informed SON that in order for us to accept a student that is a MD resident any instructor teaching a course that the student is in would need an MD nursing license. Given this information the School of Nursing will not be able to accept students from Maryland at this time
 Yes

 Massachusetts (non-SARA) Yes YesMass rules here are under review - as of email 4/20/2017 clinicals are ok. 

At this time, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education’s definition of physical presence does not include distance education or experiential learning activities, such as internships, externships, clinical, or practica within the Commonwealth, unless an institution also engages in the one of the following activities requiring Board action:

1. Occupying, regardless of ownership, an actual physical location for instructional purposes, whether synchronous or asynchronous instruction;

2. Maintaining an administrative office to facilitate instruction in the Commonwealth, or for purposes of providing information to prospective students or the general public about the institution, or enrolling students or providing services to enrolled students;

3. Providing office space to instructional or non-instructional staff;

4. Establishing an institutional mailing address, street address or phone number in the Commonwealth. (cdean@bhe.mass.edu)

Related link
 Yes
 Michigan     Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Minnesota Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Mississippi Yes     Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Missouri Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 North Dakota
 Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Montana Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Nebraska Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 New Hampshire
 Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 New Jersey
 related link 1
 related link 2
 Yes
 Yes
Yes but review SARA rules
Authorized for practicums as long as arranged by the student. 
 Yes
 New Mexico
 Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 New York 
 related link1 related link 2
 Yes Yes
Yes but review SARA rules so check on practicums and interships
Prior to Dec 2016: we were not authorized for practicums or internships in NY, whether they are arranged by the institution or the student.
Do not hire online instructors who reside in this state. 
 Nevada Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 North Carolina 
 SECRAA state
 Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules - SECCRA ends June 30, 2017 Yes
 Ohio Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Oklahoma Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Oregon Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules
Per email 1/24/2017, Oregon may require authorization and fees if a NON Oregon resident participates in a practicum, clinical, internship, or similar on-ground experience in OR. We must submit each case for review. (we currently have one counseling student who is a resident of OR and should complete in July 2017 - per eleak)
 Yes
 Pennsylvania Yes Yes 
Yes but review SARA rules
 Yes
 Rhode Island
 Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 South Carolina 
 SECRRA state
 Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules - SECCRA ends June 30, 2017 Yes
 South Dakota
 Yes Yes 
Yes but review SARA rules EXCEPTION: Per email 2/15/2017 South Dakota Board of Nursing informed SON that in order for us to accept a student that is a South Dakota resident any instructor teaching a course that the student is in would need a SD nursing license or compact license. Given this information the School of Nursing will not be able to accept students from South Dakota at this time
 Yes
 Tennessee Yes Yes 
Yes but review SARA rules
Note professional licensure exception: As of 4/21/2017, the TN Board of Nursing has not yet approved UWG School of Nursing's application for approval. Therefore, we are not allowed to enroll TN residents in our online MSN or RN-BSN programs. However, we are allowed to enroll TN residents in our EdD Nursing program.
 Yes
 Texas Yes Yes  
Yes but review SARA rules
 Yes
 Utah
Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Vermont Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Virginia Yes     Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Washington Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules- (Note: 10/5/2016, Nursing was told that they were required to have Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission approval. 1/9/2017 WA changed their mind and agreed that the EdD in Nursing is not considered a practicum and thus needs to further approval). Yes
 West Virginia
 Yes Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Wisconsin Yes Yes
 Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 Wyoming Yes     Yes Yes but review SARA rules Yes
 DC Yes Yes
 Yes but review SARA rules Yes

References:
SARA Physical Presence Standards: some standards still apply in some SARA states
Reciprocity Agreements (Ga is a part of SARA & SREC (SECRRA *going away June 30, 2017))
SHEEO State Authorization Surveys: annual survey of state authorization reps, by state
History of State Authorization, with Updates: WCET site dedicate to this issue, to-date
ITC's History of State Authorization, with Updates: ITC site dedicate to this issue, to-date
UMass State Authorization Portal: includes notes and links to pertinent info from UMass
Myths about State Authorization: WCET blog post 7/2015



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