State Authorization for Distance Education

For TTUHSC School of Nursing to offer (online or correspondence) courses in a state other than Texas, TTUHSC must first comply with that state's requirements. These requirements differ from state to state, with requirements being more rigorous and expensive in some states than others.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) has been approved by Texas to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Please see the SARA Policies and Standards document for details of specific authorized activities. This agreement covers all states except:

  • California
  • Florida, and
  • Massachusetts, (authorized via NC-SARA - updated January, 2017).

Please note that TTUHSC is not authorized to conduct internships leading to professional licensure without direct coordination with the licensure board in that state. TTUHSC has implicit or explicit agreement to conduct 100% online learning activities to students in the indicated states. These agreements do not explicitly allow additional activities with a few exceptions such as a limited number of legislative internships in Washington, D.C. NC-SARA also does NOT include approval by State Boards – such as Board of Nursing, Physical Therapy, etc. For TTUHSC School of Health Professions (SHP) and School of Nursing (SON) Licensing Boards, click here.

TTUHSC has been approved by Texas to particpate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.