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 programs 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 certification 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 the 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
AlabamaAlabamaHome StateAuthorized by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.Authorized by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.X
AlaskaAlaska Commission on Postsecondary EducationSARA StateAlaska Board of NursingAlaska Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
ArizonaArizona State Board for Private Postsecondary EducationSARA StateArizona Board of NursingArizona Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
ArkansasArkansas Department of Higher EducationSARA StateArkansas Board of NursingArkansas Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
CaliforniaCalifornia Bureau of Private Postsecondary EducationNon-ExemptCalifornia Board of NursingCalifornia Board of EducationCalifornia Professional Licensure BoardsNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
ColoradoColorado Department of Higher EducationSARA StateColorado Board of NursingColorado Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
ConnecticutConnecticut Office of Higher EducationSARA StateConnecticut Board of NursingConnecticut Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
DelawareDelaware Department of EducationSARA StateDelaware Board of NursingDelaware Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
DCDistrict of Columbia Higher Education Licensure CommissionSARA StateDistrict of Columbia Board of NursingDistrict of Columbia Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
FloridaFlorida Department of EducationSARA StateFlorida Board of NursingFlorida Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
GeorgiaGeorgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education CommissionSARA StateGeorgia Board of NursingGeorgia Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
HawaiiHawaii State Board of EducationSARA StateHawaii Board of NursingHawaii Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
IdahoIdaho State Board of EducationSARA StateIdaho Board of NursingIdaho Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
IllinoisIllinois Board of Higher EducationSARA StateIllinois Board of NursingIllinois Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
IndianaIndiana Board of Higher EducationSARA StateIndiana Board of NursingIndiana Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
IowaIowa College Student Aid CommissionSARA StateIowa Board of NursingIowa Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
KansasKansas Board of RegentsSARA StateKansas Board of NursingKansas Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
KentuckyKentucky Council on Postsecondary EducationSARA StateKentucky Board of NursingKentucky Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
LouisianaBoard of Regents, State of LouisianaSARA StateLouisiana Board of NursingLouisiana Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
MaineMaine Department of EducationSARA StateMaine Board of NursingMaine Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
MarylandMaryland Higher Education CommissionSARA StateMaryland Board of NursingMaryland Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
MassachusettsMassachusetts Department of Higher EducationSARA StateMassachusetts Board of NursingMassachusetts Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
MichiganMichigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory AffairsSARA StateMichigan Board of NursingMichigan Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
MinnesotaMinnesota Office of Higher EducationSARA StateMinnesota Board of NursingMinnesota Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
MississippiMississippi Institutions of Higher Learning CommissionSARA StateMississippi Board of NursingMississippi Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
MissouriMissouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce DevelopmentSARA StateMissouri Board of NursingMissouri Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
MontanaMontana University SystemSARA StateMontana Board of NursingMontana Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
NebraskaNebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary EducationSARA StateNebraska Board of NursingNebraska Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
NevadaNevada System of Higher EducationSARA StateNevada Board of NursingNevada Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
New HampshireNew Hampshire Department of Education – HECSARA StateNew Hampshire Board of NursingNew Hampshire Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
New JerseyNew Jersey Secretary for Higher EducationSARA StateNew Jersey Board of NursingNew Jersey Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
New MexicoNew Mexico Higher Education DepartmentSARA StateNew Mexico Board of NursingNew Mexico Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
New YorkNew York Office of College and University EvaluationSARA StateNew York Board of NursingNew York Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
North CarolinaUniversity of North Carolina SystemSARA StateNorth Carolina Board of NursingNorth Carolina Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in Alabama
North DakotaNorth Dakota University SystemSARA StateNorth Dakota Board of NursingNorth Dakota Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
OhioOhio Department of Higher EducationSARA StateOhio Board of NursingOhio Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
OklahomaOklahoma State Regents for Higher EducationSARA StateOklahoma Board of NursingOklahoma Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
OregonOregon Higher Education Coordinating CommissionSARA StateOregon Board of NursingOregon Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Department of EducationSARA StatePennsylvania Board of NursingPennsylvania Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
Rhode IslandRhode Island Board of Governors for Higher EducationSARA StateRhode Island Board of NursingRhode Island Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Commission on Higher EducationSARA StateSouth Carolina Board of NursingSouth Carolina Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
South DakotaSouth Dakota Board of RegentsSARA StateSouth Dakota Board of NursingSouth Dakota Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
TennesseeTennessee Higher Education CommissionSARA StateTennessee Board of NursingTennessee Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
TexasTexas Higher Education Coordinating BoardSARA StateTexas Board of NursingTexas Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in Alabama
UtahUtah Division of Consumer ProtectionSARA StateUtah Board of NursingUtah Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
VermontVermont Agency of EducationSARA StateVermont Board of NursingVermont State Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in Alabama
VirginiaVirginia State Council of Higher EducationSARA StateVirginia Board of NursingVirginia Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
WashingtonWashington Student Achievement CouncilSARA StateWashington Nursing CommissionWashington Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in Alabama
West VirginiaWest Virginia Higher Education Policy CommissionSARA StateWest Virginia Board of NursingWest Virginia Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in Alabama
WisconsinWisconsin Distance Learning Authorization BoardSARA StateWisconsin Board of NursingWisconsin Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in Alabama
WyomingWyoming Department of EducationSARA StateWyoming State Board of NursingWyoming Board of EducationNursing clinicals required in AlabamaX
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