Every state has statutory regulations for out-of-state institutions offering online education to its residents. Many states require programs to be authorized before offering courses and/or operating in their state. "Operating" may include solicitation, advertising and/or recruiting students, as well as requiring students to complete clinical, internships and/or field placement courses.
Although statutory regulations vary by state, if the distance learning program is completed 100% with no field experience or on-the-ground marketing efforts; the program may not require State Authorization. However, if the program engages in any "physical presence triggers", it may require State Authorization. There are a few states that require authorization notwithstanding physical presence.
Please review the State Authorization Chart for information regarding individual state regulations and institutional compliance.
For New DL Programs:
- Know where your target students reside and, if State Authorization is required in that state.
- Understand which activities trigger physical presence.
- Review your program marketing campaign and field experience requirements.
- Submit the new program to the Academic Committee, click here for additional instructions.
- Contact Janet Staderman, Distance Learning Coordinator, to seek State Authorization.
Common Physical Presence Triggers:
- Mailing Address, Telephone Number or Facility within another state
- Field Experience (Clinical, Practicum, Internship)
- Local Advertising (Billboards, Newspapers, Local TV/Radio)
- Advertising or Soliciting a specific Geographic Target
- Employing Faculty in another State
- Articulation Agreements with other Institutions