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Program Licensing Disclosure| NC-SARA

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Learn how online courses meet quality standards, plus program licensure requirements in different states.

State Authorization

Pikes Peak Community College is a member of National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which means we share a reciprocity agreement with all states who are part of the NC-SARA group. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts. Pikes Peak Community College has been approved by the State of Colorado to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

Pikes Peak Community College offers online courses and programs to a wide array of learners across the nation and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. If you plan on taking PPCC Online Campus classes, please check the NC-SARA Map to verify that your state has either authorized or exempted our college to offer classes or programs to you as a resident of your state.

Student Consumer Complaint Process

Pikes Peak Community College is working cooperatively with Higher Education Authorities in all states and other US jurisdictions to ensure compliance with state authorization requirements that govern the offering of online courses in those states, including complaint processes. Pursuant to the United States Department of Education’s Program Integrity Rule, institutions providing online education are required to provide all prospective and current students contact information of the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions offering distance learning within that state.

PIkes Peak Community College encourages students to seek resolution to any concerns by discussing them informally with a staff member at the College. If a complaint cannot be handled informally, Pikes Peak Community College students are encouraged to use the  PPCC student complaint system. For information about the student grievance process, contact the Dean of Students office, 719-502-2367. If a complaint cannot be resolved at the College level, students may contact Higher Education - Colorado.gov if you are a distance education student that resides out of state and in an NC-SARA state. To find out if you live in a state that has joined this consortium, view the NC-SARA map. Otherwise, students may contact their local state agency for further information. Students should begin the complaint process with the institution and if resolution is not found, the student would contact the institution’s home state SARA Portal Entity. NC-SARA maintains a directory of SARA State Portal Entities NC-SARA Student Complaint Process   Pikes Peak Community College will not make a determination that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification until more detailed research has been completed.

Academic Programs Leading to Licensure

Effective July 1, 2020 the U.S. Department of Education instated a new regulation (Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v)) which requires colleges to provide the following on all programs that lead to licensure:

  1. A list of all states/jurisdictions where the institution’s curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure or certification;
  2. A list of all states/jurisdictions where the institution’s curriculum does not meet state educational requirements for professional licensure or certification; and
  3. A list of all states/jurisdictions where the institution has not made a determination of whether the curriculum meets educational requirements.

If you are enrolled in a program that does not meet licensure requirements in your home state or a program for which no determination has been made, please consult the appropriate licensure board in your home state. This directory will assist you in locating your licensing board: National Associations for State Licensing Boards .To find out if you live in a state that has joined this consortium, view the NC-SARA map.

Pikes Peak Community College has approval to offer courses in the following states and territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

California is not a member of NC-SARA.

The California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (CBPPE) regulates distance education offerings of private institutions to residents of California. Students residing in California who are pursuing degrees / certificates at PPCC that will lead to a professional licensure are strongly encouraged to consult with the appropriate licensing agency in California to verify that the degree/certificate offered by PPCC will meet any California licensing requirements, prior to starting the degree/ certificate.


If you are plan to enroll in online classes at Pikes Peak Community College, please check the information provided above to verify that your state has either authorized or exempted our college to offer such classes or programs to you as a resident of that state. If you reside in an “unauthorized” state and plan to take online classes, please note that we are not authorized or exempted to offer distance education/online classes to you as a resident of an “unauthorized” state. 


For additional questions regarding state authorization rules for distance education and online programs, please contact Cynthia Krutsinger at 719-502-2236 or Cynthia.Krutsinger@ppcc.edu

Every student deserves a positive educational experience. Sometimes a student’s experience may not be what they anticipate, and the student may have a concern or a complaint.

Pursuant to the United States Department of Education’s Program Integrity Rule, institutions providing online education are required to provide all prospective and current students contact information of the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions offering distance learning within that state.

We encourage you to seek resolution to any concerns by discussing them informally with a staff member at the College. If a complaint cannot be handled informally, Pikes Peak Community College students are encouraged to use the PPCC student complaint system. For information about the student grievance process, contact the Dean of Students office, 719-502-2367.

If a complaint cannot be resolved at the College level and you are a distance education student that resides out of state and in an NC-SARA state, please contact Higher Education - Colorado.gov . Otherwise, please contact your local state agency for further information. NC-SARA maintains a directory of SARA State Portal Entities NC-SARA Student Complaint Process

Pikes Peak Community College will not make a determination that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification until more detailed research has been completed.

Effective July 1, 2020 the U.S. Department of Education instated a new regulation (Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v)) which requires colleges to provide the following on all programs that lead to licensure:

  1. A list of all states/jurisdictions where the institution’s curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure or certification;
  2. A list of all states/jurisdictions where the institution’s curriculum does not meet state educational requirements for professional licensure or certification; and
  3. A list of all states/jurisdictions where the institution has not made a determination of whether the curriculum meets educational requirements.

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education for participation in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), Pikes Peak Community College provides information pertaining to professional licensure and certification in correlation with programs offered at PPCC that may lead to state licensure.

Students are advised to review the following information BEFORE beginning a program at PPCC that leads to professional licensure with the intent to be licensed outside of the state of Colorado:

  • Review the licensing information provided for the applicable program(s) below.
  • Contact the appropriate licensing agency in the U.S. states and territories where licensure is intended. This will enable you to obtain the most up-to-date information about licensure requirements and confirm how a PPCC program facilitates those requirements.
  • Only a select few of PPCC programs are formally approved for professional licensure. However, while a program may not be formally approved in states outside of Colorado, it may still meet all or a portion of the “educational” requirements for licensure in other states and territories. Therefore, it may be necessary for you to contact the licensing agency directly to find out if a PPCC program will meet educational requirements in states other than Colorado.

Not all PPCC programs are formally approved for professional licensure. However, while a program may not be formally approved in states outside of Colorado, it may still meet all or a portion of the “educational” requirements for licensure in other states and territories. Therefore, it may be necessary for you to contact the licensing agency directly to find out if a PPCC program will meet educational requirements in states other than Colorado. 

Other online degrees and programs that may not require licensure or credentialing may be found here:

Online degrees and certificates

Review the licensing information provided for the applicable program(s) below:

Certified Dietary Management – status undetermined all states and territories. Eligible to test for Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Profession (CDM, CFPP) upon program completion. 

Credentialing agency: Certifying Board for Dietary Managers, the credentialing agency for the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals

PPCC licensing information provided for the applicable program(s) below:

Certified Dietary Management – status undetermined all states and territories. Eligible to test for Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Profession (CDM, CFPP) upon program completion. 

Credentialing agency: Certifying Board for Dietary Managers, the credentialing agency for the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals


If you are enrolled in a program that does not meet licensure requirements in your home state or a program for which no determination has been made, please consult the appropriate licensure board in your home state. This directory will assist you in locating your licensing board.

Profession

National Associations for State Licensure Boards

Accounting

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

Acupuncture

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

(NCCAOM)

Architecture

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) – Licensing Requirements Tool

Athletic Training

National Athletic Trainers’ Association - Athletic Training State Regulatory Boards

Barbering & Cosmetology

National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology, Inc. - State Agencies & Test Administration

Chiropractic

Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards – State Regulatory Boards (FCLB)

Construction Trades

National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) - Licensing Information

 

Counseling

American Counseling Association – State Boards

Counselor Education – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

National Board of Certified Counselors – State Board Directory

Dentistry

American Dental Association (ADA) – Initial Licensure Requirements by State

Dental Hygiene

American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) – State Associations

Dietetics & Nutrition

Commission on Dietetic Registration – State Agencies and State status of licensure and certification statutes pdf.

Engineering

National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying – State Licensing Board Links

Funerary Services

The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards State Licensing Requirements

Genetic Counseling

The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) – States Issuing Licenses, Licensing Map

 

Geologist

National Association of State Boards of Geology – State Index

Interior Design

International Interior Design Association (IIDA) – 02 Interior Design Laws & 03 State Information

Landscape Architecture

Council for Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) – (Licensure Board Information & Requirements)

Law

National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and American Bar Association (ABA)

Long-Term Care Administration

National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) – state requirements

Marital and Family Therapy

The Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB)

Massage Therapy

American Massage Therapy Association – state regulations

Medical Degree

Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) – state medical board contacts

Medical – Health Information Management

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) – state associations

 

Midwifery

The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)

Music Therapy

Certification Board for Music Therapists

Nursing

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Nursing Home Administrator

National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) – state licensure requirements

Occupational Therapy

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy List by State

Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics

American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics – State Licensure

Osteopathic Physician

American Osteopathic Association - State Associations

Pharmacy

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) State Boards

Physician Assistant

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) - State Licensing Boards

Physical Therapy

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) – Licensing Authorities Contact Information

 

Psychology

Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards – State Board Contact Information

Radiology Technician

American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)

Individual State Licensure Information

Respiratory Therapy

American Association for Respiratory Care – List of Respiratory Therapist State Licensure Contacts

School Psychologists

National Association of School Psychologists – State School Psychologist Credentialing Requirements

Social Work

Curricular Guide for Licensing and Regulation Social Work License Map – Review per state

Speech Pathology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) State Requirements & Contact Information

Teacher Education

National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) – Websites of Jurisdictions

Veterinary

International Council for Veterinary Assessment (ICVA) State & Provincial Licensing Board

 

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* Information provided is intended to provide guidance; it does not constitute legal advice. Institutions should consult their legal counsel for review of statutes and processes for each professional licensure agency to determine action needed.