NC-SARA (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement)
Shawnee Community College is proud to participate in the nation-wide NC-SARA program, which ensures the overall quality of our online programs and allows us to accept online students from nearly any state in the nation.
To access a national map, a list of participating states, and a list of member institutions, visit the NC-SARA website. As a participating member in the NC-SARA agreement, Shawnee is authorized to offer online education opportunities to anyone in these participating states.
For information on student benefits of this agreement, visit this NC-SARA student web page.
SARA has no effect on state professional licensing requirements. Shawnee cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student’s state of residence. Graduation does not mean licensure approval in your state of residence.
Prospective students who reside outside of the state of Illinois and who are interested in any Shawnee academic program, which may lead to professional licensure, are expected to inquire with the appropriate licensing agency in their home state or the state they plan to work in, prior to beginning the program in order to assure that the program is approved to provide the desired licensure.
What is state authorization?
State authorization refers to state, federal, and professional licensing board regulations that impact where institutions of higher education can operate. Requirements to offer postsecondary education are different in every state. These requirements affect online programs, on-ground experiences, and programs that are designed to lead to licensure or certification in a professional field. Shawnee’s compliance with these requirements ensures that your degree will be recognized and that you would be eligible to apply for licensure in states other than Illinois.
Because each state has unique education requirements, Shawnee reviews the requirements of states that students enroll from. An institution can only offer education in a state if the program meets the minimum requirements for that state.
Why does state authorization matter?
State authorization regulations were put in place to protect students from investing time and money in a program that could not be recognized in a student’s state.
Requiring authorization of distance education, field experiences, and licensure programs ensures that students are protected as consumers. In addition, disclosure requirements ensure that a prospective student knows whether a program meets educational requirements for licensure in each state before enrolling.
What responsibilities do students have around state authorization?
As a student, it is your responsibility to notify Shawnee if you are planning to move to another state. Staff will work with you to determine if Shawnee is authorized to offer your program in your new state and whether the program meets state educational requirements for licensure, if applicable.
If you decide to move to a different state while enrolled in classes, or a field experience, you must update your physical location address.
What else should I do about state authorization?
- Contact the appropriate licensing agency in the state where you intend to work to verify the most up-to-date licensure requirements before beginning your program.
- Check with your program’s internship or clinical coordinator prior to beginning an internship or field experience in a state other than Illinois to ensure Shawnee is authorized to operate in that state.
- Students in on-ground programs that traditionally lead to licensure should contact staff to determine whether the program will lead to licensure in the state where they intend to seek a license.
Shawnee makes every effort to ensure information about educational requirements for licensure or certification is current; however, state requirements may change. Separate from educational requirements, state licensure boards may require applicants to complete professional examinations, background checks, years of professional experience, training, etc. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Illinois, it is strongly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding licensure or certification requirements before beginning an academic program.
If Shawnee has not determined whether completion of a licensure program meets educational requirements for licensure or certification in a state, you should contact the state licensing entity to determine whether completion of the Shawnee licensure program meets educational requirements for licensure in the state.
Licensure by Discipline
Shawnee has not determined whether completion of a program meets requirements to apply for a license, certification, or endorsement in the states outside of Illinois.
Nursing, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, and Teacher Education
Medical Coding Specialist
Medical Laboratory Technician
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Cosmetology, Cosmetology Instructor Training, Nail technology, Barbary and Esthetics
Nursing Boards by State
Shawnee has not determined whether completion of a program meets requirements to apply for a license, certification, or endorsement in the states below.