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State Authorization

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The Higher Learning Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, many of UC's academic programs carry specialized accreditation specific to the field. For a list of organizations which accredit programs within UC, please refer to http://www.uc.edu/about/accreditation.html.

State Regulations

Every state has authority to regulate institutions offering education within the state’s boundaries, including online/distance learning. The need to seek state authorization for distance learning depends on a combination of the state’s laws and the activities that the program/institution is conducting in that state. UC is committed to complying with all states’ regulations for distance learning programs. For specific information regarding state authorization or to find out which UC online programs are available in your state, please click on your state or territory below. Please note that this information is subject to change.

If the online program in which you are interested is not available in your state, or you have questions regarding state authorization, approval or exemption, please email Stateaut@UCMAIL.UC.EDU.

Information contained on this site applies to Distance Learning programs ONLY.  Students from outside Ohio who are interested in UC's on-campus programs are encouraged to contact UC Admissions.

State Specific Information

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education to offer online/distance learning programs to Alabama residents.

Teacher Education: State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate.  Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate.  Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). www.alsde.edu

Nursing: State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advance practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to practice. www.abn.alabama.gov

University of Cincinnati is determined exempt from authorization by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Alaska regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to Alaska residents.

As an out-of-state public institution, University of Cincinnati is not under the purview of the Arizona State Board. Therefore, UC is in compliance to offer online/distance learning programs to Arizona residents.

With the exception of the following programs, the University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer online/distance learning programs to Arkansas residents.

The programs listed below have not yet been approved to offer to AR residents:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Master of Science in Information Technology 
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Physician Practice Management
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Healthcare Privacy & Security
  • Post-Master's Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner

As an out-of-state public institution, the University of Cincinnati is not under the purview of the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education. Therefore, UC in in compliance with California regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to California residents.

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state, as defined by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE). Therefore, UC is in compliance with Colorado regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to Colorado residents.

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state, as defined by the Connecticut State Regulations for Licensure and Accreditation of Institutions and Programs of Higher Learning. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Connecticut regulations to offer online/distance programs to Connecticut residents.

With the exception of the following programs, the University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state as defined by the Delaware Department of Education. Therefore, UC is in compliance to offer online/distance learning programs to Delaware residents.

The programs listed below have not yet been approved to offer to DE residents:

College of Allied Health Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science Health Sciences in Health Information Management Administration 
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science
  • Master of Art in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics

Clermont College

  • Associates in Health Information Systems Technology

College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services:

  • Associates in Early Childhood Learning Community
  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Literacy and Second Language Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Adult/International TESL
  • Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction 
  • Graduate Certificate in PreK-12 Reading Instruction
  • Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leader
  • Graduate Certificate in TESOL

College of Nursing

  • Master of Science in Nursing tracks
  • Doctorate in Nursing (BSN to DNP) tracks
  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Education Licensure Commission of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington, DC. Therefore, UC is in compliance with DC regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to DC residents.

Nursing: Please note that as a result of state boards of nursing, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing will no longer be accepting applications for our distance learning programs from DC residents.

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state as defined by the Florida Commission for Independent Education. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Florida regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to Florida residents.

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state, as defined by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Georgia regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to Georgia residents.

University of Cincinnati is exempt from the Hawaii Post-secondary Education Authorization Program. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Hawaii regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to Hawaii residents.

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state, as defined by the Idaho State Board of Education. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Idaho regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to Idaho residents.

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to offer online/distance learning programs to Illinois residents.

The University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education to offer online/distance learning programs to Indiana residents.

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to offer online/distance learning programs to Iowa residents.

Iowa Military Deployment Student Refund Policy

In compliance with Iowa Code Section 261.9(1)(g), a student who is a resident of the State of Iowa and a member, or the spouse of a member if the member has a dependent child, of the Iowa national guard or reserve forces of the United States and who is ordered to state military service or federal service or duty, shall have following options made available to him/her:

i. Withdraw from the student’s entire registration and receive a full refund of tuition and mandatory fees. 

ii. Make arrangements with the student's instructors for course grades, or for incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the student's registration shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for the courses in full.

iii. Make arrangements with only some of the student's instructors for grades, or for incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the registration for those courses shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for those courses. Any course for which arrangements cannot be made for grades or incompletes shall be considered dropped and the tuition and mandatory fees for the course refunded.

Students in this situation, who withdraw from courses for the semester, should contact Ann Latham at lathamah@ucmail.uc.edu for additional information regarding how to initiate request for refund of tuition.

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents to offer online/distance learning programs to Kansas residents.

With the exception of the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program, the University of Cincinnati is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to operate and offer online/distance learning programs to Kentucky residents.

Teacher Education: Educator preparation programs require the approval of the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). This includes the University of Cincinnati’s Master of Education degrees in Curriculum & Instruction (all tracks), Educational Leadership, and Literacy & Second Language Studies; as well as, Graduate Certificates for Gifted Education, Teacher Leader, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and PreK-12 Reading Instruction.  If you seek admissions to any of the above-referenced programs, please contact the Academic Director, Laura Dell at laura.dell@uc.edu, prior to applying to the College. 

For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board's Website at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/certification/outofstate.asp. You may view a listing of University of Cincinnati’s approved programs on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education's Website at http://dataportal.cpe.ky.gov/acadprog.aspx.

Nursing: The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing no longer accepts distance learning admission applications in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPC-DL) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-DL) from the following Kentucky counties: Boone, Kenton, and Campbell. The decision to restrict admissions was in response to increased local competition for preceptors and viable regional clinical sites in primary care. Students who reside in the above counties are encouraged to apply to our onsite programs. Please refer to the College of Nursing website for additional information related to residential program opportunities and respective application deadlines at http://nursing.uc.edu/academic_programs.html.

 

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Louisiana Board of Regents to offer online/distance learning programs to Louisiana residents.

Nursing Programs: Please note that as a result of state boards of nursing, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing will no longer be accepting applications for our distance learning programs from residents in this state.

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state, as defined by the Maine Department of Education. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Maine regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to Maine residents.

With the exception of the following programs, the University of Cincinnati is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to enroll Maryland students in its fully online/distance learning programs. 

The programs listed below are not approved to be offered to MD residents: 

College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services:

  • Associates in Early Childhood Learning Community
  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Signed Language Instruction
  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Literacy and Second Language Studies
  • Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Graduate Certificate in Adult/International TESL
  • Graduate Certificate in Animal Audiology
  • Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction 
  • Graduate Certificate in PreK-12 Reading Instruction

Clermont College:

  • Associates in Health Information Systems Technology
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Physician Practice Management
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Healthcare Privacy & Security

Blue Ash College:

  • Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science Technology

College of Allied Health Sciences:

  • Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science Health Sciences in Behavioral and Occupational Studies
  • Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology
  • Master of Science in Health Administration
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics

Maryland Refund Policy: Pursuant to the Code of Maryland Regulations 13B.05.01, the university's fully online programs will follow the Maryland refund policy. The minimum refund policy that shall be paid to a Maryland student who withdraws or is terminated after completing only a portion of a course, program, or term within the applicable billing period is as follows: (Note: the following refund policy does not apply to the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science, Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate programs.)

Proportion of Total Course, Program, or Term Completed

as of Date of Withdrawal or Termination

Tuition Refund

Less than 10%

90% refund

10% up to but not including 20%

80% refund

20% up to but not including 30%

60% refund

30% up to but not including 40%

40% refund

40% up to and including 60%

20% refund

More than 60%

No refund

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Massachusetts regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to Massachusetts residents.

Nursing: Please note that as a result of state boards of nursing, the University Of Cincinnati College of Nursing will no longer be accepting applications for our distance learning programs from Massachusetts residents.

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state as defined by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Michigan regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to Michigan residents.

University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Minnesota regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to Minnesota students.

University of Cincinnati is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution.  Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions. 

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state as defined by the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Mississippi regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to Mississippi residents.

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Missouri Department of Higher Education to offer online/distance learning programs to Missouri residents.

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Montana University System to offer online/distance learning programs to Montana residents.

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state as defined by Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Nebraska regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to Nebraska residents.

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education to offer online/distance learning programs to Nevada residents.

With the exception of the following programs, the University of Cincinnati is authorized by the New Hampshire Department of Education to offer online/distance learning programs to New Hampshire residents.

The programs listed below are not approved to be offered to NH residents: 

College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services:

  • Associates in Early Childhood Learning Community
  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Literacy and Second Language Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Adult/International TESL
  • Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction 
  • Graduate Certificate in PreK-12 Reading Instruction
  • Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leader
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Clermont College:

  • Associates in Health Information Systems Technology

Blue Ash College:

  • Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science Technology

College of Allied Health Sciences:

  • Bachelor of Science Health Sciences in Behavioral and Occupational Studies
  • Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics

College of Nursing:

  • Post-Master's Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)
  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education
  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state as defined by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education. Therefore, UC is in compliance with New Jersey regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to New Jersey residents.

University of Cincinnati has been granted an exemption by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. Therefore, UC is in compliance with New Mexico regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to New Mexico residents.

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in state as defined by the New York Office of College and University Evaluation. Therefore, UC is in compliance with New York regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to New York residents.

Nursing Programs: Please note that as a result of state boards of nursing, the University of Cincinnati College Of Nursing will no longer be accepting applications for our distance learning programs from residents in this state.

With the exception of the following programs, the University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state as defined by the North Carolina Board of Governors. Therefore, UC is in compliance with North Carolina regulations to offer fully online/distance learning programs to North Carolina residents. 

The programs listed below have not yet been approved to offer to NC residents:

College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services:

  • Associates in Early Childhood Learning Community
  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Literacy and Second Language Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Adult/International TESL
  • Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction 
  • Graduate Certificate in PreK-12 Reading Instruction
  • Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leader
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Clermont College:

  • Associates in Health Information Systems Technology

Blue Ash College:

  • Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science Technology

College of Allied Health Sciences:

  • Bachelor of Science Health Sciences in Behavioral and Occupational Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science
  • Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics
  • Graduate Certificate in Animal Audiology

College of Nursing:

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)
  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education
  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the North Dakota University System to offer online/distance learning programs to North Dakota residents.

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to offer online/distance learning programs to Ohio residents.

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state as defined by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Oklahoma regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to Oklahoma residents.

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission/Office of Degree Authorization to offer online/distance learning programs to Oregon residents.

Nursing Programs: Please note that as a result of state boards of nursing, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing will no longer be accepting applications for our distance learning programs from residents in this state.

Oregon Refund Policy: Oregon residents are allowed a modified tuition refund policy in accordance with OAR 583-030-0035(18)(c): After classes begin for a term, a student who withdraws from a course is eligible for a partial refund through the middle week of the term. Refunds shall be based on unused instructional time and shall be prorated on a weekly basis for schools using a semester, quarter or nontraditional calendar.

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer online/distance learning programs to Pennsylvania residents.

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state as defined by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Rhode Island regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to Rhode Island residents.

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state as defined by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Therefore, UC is in compliance with South Carolina regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to South Carolina residents.

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the South Dakota Secretary of State to offer online/distance learning programs to South Dakota residents.

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state as defined by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Tennessee to offer online/distance learning programs to Tennessee residents.

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer online/distance learning programs to Texas residents.

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Utah Division of Consumer Protection/State of Utah Department of Commerce to offer online/distance learning programs to Utah residents.

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state as defined by the Vermont Department of Education. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Vermont regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to Vermont residents.

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence in the state as defined by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Virginia to offer online/distance learning programs to Virginia residents.

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act.  This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes University of Cincinnati to offer field placement components for specific degree programs.  The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs.  Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs.  Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, Washington 98504-3430.

Teacher Education: The following programs are not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether their program may qualify for salary advancement.

  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (General Studies)
  • Master of Education in Medical Education (Curriculum & Instruction)
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Education (Curriculum & Instruction)
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Adult/International TESOL
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Postsecondary Literacy Instruction  

The following teacher education programs are approved for Ohio licensure only. 

  • Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Literacy and Second Language Studies
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Gifted Education
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in PreK-12 Reading Instruction
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL)
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teacher Leader

Eligibility for initial teacher education in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to http://pathway.pesb.wa.gove/outofstate for more information. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether their program may qualify for teacher advancement.  

Nursing: "The University of Cincinnati is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in the state of Washington for Adult Gerontology Primary Care, FNP, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator graduate certificate, Nurse Midwifery, Psychiatric NP, Psychiatric Mental Health NP post-Master's certificate and Women's Health NP programs.”

It is the responsibility of the Washington State students to secure a site for any required field placement component (externships, internships, clinical training, practicums, etc.)

University of Cincinnati has been granted authorization by the West Virginia Education Policy Commission to offer online/distance learning programs to West Virginia residents.

As an out-of-state public institution, the University of Cincinnati is not under the purview of the Wisconsin Educational Board. Therefore, UC is in compliance with Wisconsin regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to Wisconsin residents.

University of Cincinnati is authorized by the Wyoming Department of Education to offer online/distance learning programs to Wyoming residents.

University of Cincinnati does not have physical presence as defined by the regulations in the U.S. territories Therefore, UC is in compliance to offer online/distance learning programs to residents of the U.S. territories.

 

Professional Licensure

UC does not guarantee that programs which fulfill Ohio licensure requirements will satisfy the criteria of professional licensure boards in other states or territories. Students from outside the State of Ohio, who are considering a program of study that may lead to professional licensure, should contact the appropriate licensing agency in their state of residence before beginning a course of study. Refer to UC’s program website and contact the program coordinator for specific program requirements. Eligibility for licensure and/or certification may involve more than successful degree completion.

Complaint Resolution

The University of Cincinnati is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities. If a conflict arises, the University wishes to resolve student grievances, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and collegial manner. The Student Complaint Information by State and Agency webpage provides additional information regarding UC's student complaint procedure and the complaint process and contacts for each state.