State Authorization for Distance Education

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. There are currently three states that are not NC-SARA members. TTUHSC continues to work with these states in order to comply with their regulatory requirements authorizing TTUHSC to deliver online education to students in these states:

  • California – Allowed for TTUHSC Distance Education Students TTUHSC is exempt from authorization to offer online education in California.
  • Florida – Allowed for TTUHSC Distance Education Students TTUHSC does not conduct educational activity in the state of Florida that requires authorization.
  • Massachusetts – Allowed for TTUHSC Distance Education Students TTUHSC does not conduct educational activity in the commonwealth of Massachusetts that requires authorization.

Please see the SARA Policies and Standards document for details of specific authorized activities. Please note that TTUHSC is not authorized to conduct internships leading to professional licensure without direct coordination with the licensure board in that state. TTUHSC has implicit or explicit agreement to conduct 100% online learning activities to students in the indicated states. These agreements do not explicitly allow additional activities with a few exceptions such as a limited number of legislative internships in Washington, D.C. NC-SARA also does NOT include approval by State Boards – such as Board of Nursing, Physical Therapy, etc. TTUHSC School of Health Professions (SHP) and School of Nursing (SON) Licensing Boards, can be viewed in this document. 

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