State by State Online Authorization

The U.S. Department of Education requires that any institution offering online programs to students outside of its home state must acquire authorization from the states in which students reside. Regulations vary from state to state.

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Lewis University participates in the National Council for State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. As a participating institution, Lewis University may offer online programming to students in other SARA member states without seeking authorization in that state.

In accordance with state nursing laws, the list below summarizes Lewis University’s authorization status for nursing students in all states plus the District of Columbia, indicating which online courses and programs are available to students from each state.

Prospective Students: If the online program that you are considering requires a professional license in your home state, we urge you to contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state for guidance before embarking on an academic program located outside of your state.

StateAccepting Nursing Students From That State?
AlabamaYes
AlaskaTBD
ArizonaNo
ArkansasYes
CaliforniaYes
ColoradoYes
ConnecticutYes
DelawareNo
FloridaYes
GeorgiaYes
HawaiiYes
IdahoNo
IndianaYes
IowaNo
KansasNo
KentuckyNo
LouisianaNo
MaineTBD
MarylandTBD
MassachusettsNo
MichiganYes
MinnesotaNo
MississippiNo
MissouriYes
MontanaYes
NebraskaYes
NevadaTBD
New HampshireYes
New JerseyYes
New MexicoYes
New YorkTBD
North CarolinaNo
North DakotaNo
OhioYes
OklahomaTBD
OregonNo
PennsylvaniaYes
Rhode IslandYes
South CarolinaYes
South DakotaYes
TennesseeNo
TexasYes
UtahTBD
VermontYes
VirginiaNo
WashingtonNo
West VirginiaYes
WisconsinTBD
WyomingYes