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State Authorization Compliance

Federal and state regulations require that all institutions of higher education comply with existing state laws regarding distance learning. An Institution that offers distance/online education must comply with the laws of its home state as well as the laws of any host state where educational experiences are offered. Regulations associated with federal student financial aid program include the following requirements. The institution must make available for review to any enrolled or prospective student upon request, a copy of the documents describing the institution’s accreditation and its State and Federal approval or licensing. The institution must provide its students or prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accreditor and with its State approval or licensing entity and any other relevant State official or agency that would appropriately handle a student’s complaint. The institution must also disclose educational requirements for programs that lead to professional licensure or certification regardless of modality.

NC SARA

Spring Hill College is a participating member of NC-SARA (the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement).

This membership allows Spring Hill College to accept distance students from most states across the United States. From the list below, please review the status of the state where you are currently residing for any special restrictions which may exist for your academic program of interest. State Authorization is a complex and dynamic environment. Prospective students should check this site often for updates.

Prospective Online Students

Admission of out-of-state applicants to an online degree program or individual online courses offered by Spring Hill College is dependent upon the College’s ability to secure authorization from the applicant’s state of residence, if such authorization is required. Out-of-state applicants are advised to refer to specific state links below to determine whether the College is authorized in a particular state.

Accreditation Agency

Consumer and Student Complaints

Spring Hill College students must first use the College’s applicable internal complaint or review policies and procedures prior to filing a complaint with a state agency. If a student has a complaint and would like to contact the appropriate agency in the state where they reside, click on your state below for information on where to address the complaint. If a student has completed the internal institutional grievance process and the applicable state grievance process, they may appeal non‐instructional complaints to the ACHE NC SARA

Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement

All applicable programs prepare students to sit for licensure in Alabama. In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure Spring Hill College is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure outside the state of Alabama. Please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program.

The BSN degree at Spring Hill College is not designed to meet any specific licensure/certification requirements, the program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and graduates may sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) develops the National Council Licensure Examination to test the competency of nursing school graduates in the U.S. and provides licensure.

B.S. in Education: Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education
M.A.T in Elementary and Secondary Education provide teacher certfication through the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). The initial and standard certificate issued once the basic requirements for a teaching license are met is the Professional Educator Certificate (Class B). Please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program.

State Compliance Information

Does this program meet the certificate or licensure requirements in this state?
NursingTeacher Education
StateLicensing Agency/Link ComplaintStatusProfessional Licensure/CertificationSpecial RequirementsYesMaybeNo
AlabamaAlabama
Home State
Authorized by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.Authorized by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.X
AlaskaAlaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
ArizonaArizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
ArkansasArkansas Department of Higher Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
CaliforniaCalifornia Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education
Non-Exempt
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
ColoradoColorado Department of Higher Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
ConnecticutConnecticut Office of Higher Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
DelawareDelaware Department of Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
DC
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
FloridaFlorida Department of Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
GeorgiaGeorgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
HawaiiHawaii State Board of Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
IdahoIdaho State Board of Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
IllinoisIllinois Board of Higher Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
IndianaIndiana Board of Higher Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
IowaIowa College Student Aid Commission
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
KansasKansas Board of Regents
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
KentuckyKentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
LouisianaBoard of Regents, State of Louisiana
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
MaineMaine Department of Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
MarylandMaryland Higher Education Commission
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
MassachusettsMassachusetts Department of Higher Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
MichiganMichigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
MinnesotaMinnesota Office of Higher Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
MississippiMississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Commission
SARA State
Mississippi Board of Nursing
Mississippi Board of Education
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
Missouri
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
MontanaMontana University System
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
Nebraska
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
NevadaNevada System of Higher Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
New HampshireNew Hampshire Department of Education – HEC
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
New JerseyNew Jersey Secretary for Higher Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
New MexicoNew Mexico Higher Education Department
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
New YorkNew York Office of College and University Evaluation
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
North CarolinaUniversity of North Carolina System
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in Alabama
North DakotaNorth Dakota University System
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
OhioOhio Department of Higher Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
OklahomaOklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
OregonOregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Department of Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
Rhode IslandRhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Commission on Higher Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
South DakotaSouth Dakota Board of Regents
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
TennesseeTennessee Higher Education Commission
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
TexasTexas Higher Education Coordinating Board
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in Alabama
UtahUtah Division of Consumer Protection
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
VermontVermont Agency of Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in Alabama
VirginiaVirginia State Council of Higher Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
WashingtonWashington Student Achievement Council
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in Alabama
West VirginiaWest Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in Alabama
WisconsinWisconsin Distance Learning Authorization Board
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in Alabama
WyomingWyoming Department of Education
SARA State
Nursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
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