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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 for an institution 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. Reivew the Key Considerations regarding State Authorization for online programs.

NC-SARA authorized institution log

The University of Cincinnati has been approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) initiative. Participation in SARA provides the University with reciprocity to offer online/distance learning programs to residents of other SARA states (except where noted below). Additional information regarding SARA can be found at NC-SARA.

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.

State Specific Information

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Alabama regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

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

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Alaska regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Arizona regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Arkansas regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

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 is in compliance with California regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to California residents.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Colorado regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

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.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Delaware regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Disctrict of Columbia regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

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.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Georgia regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Hawaii regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Idaho regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Illinois regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Indiana regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Iowa regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Kansas regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

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.

 

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Louisiana regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

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.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Maine regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Maryland regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Nursing Programs: Please note that as a result of state board of nursing, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing is currently not accepting applications for the following distance learning programs from residents in this state:

  • BSN to DNP
  • Post MSN to DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner

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.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Michigan regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Minnesota regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Mississippi regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Missouri regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Montana regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Nebraska regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Nevada regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with New Hampshire regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

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.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with New Mexico regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

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.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with North Carolina regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with North Dakota regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

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

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Oklahoma regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Oregon regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

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

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Rhode Island regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with South Carolina regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with South Dakota regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Tennessee regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

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.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Texas regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

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.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Vermont regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Virginia regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Washington regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

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

  • RN to BSN
  • MSN in Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with West Virginia regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Wisconsin regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

As an approved SARA institution, University of Cincinnati is in compliance with Wyoming regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

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.

 

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.


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.