Florida is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) and AdventHealth University is an approved SARA institution. SARA allows institutions to offer distance education courses and programs to other SARA participating institutions and ensures adherence to national standards for postsecondary distance education. We work through the SARA process and with states to ensure that when authorization or licensure of online programs is necessary, required approvals are secured.
It is the student’s responsibility to understand the current status or special requirements related to the authorization of distance education in their state of residence. For more information about NC-SARA, please visit http://www.nc-sara.org/.
Professional Licensure Considerations
The curriculum for several degree programs at AdventHealth University have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in Florida and prepare students to sit for licensure exams in Florida. The various licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state and distance students with intent of returning or moving to any state other than Florida should be aware of the unique requirements for that state.
If considering an academic program that leads to a professional licensure (example: Nursing), it is recommended students first contact the appropriate licensing agency in their home state prior to starting a program outside their state of residency. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the appropriate licensing entity in the student’s home state to confirm whether an AHU program will meet the requirements for licensure in that state. Although a program may be available in your resident state, there may be additional obligations required by the institution and AHU has the right to determine if program will be available in state of residence.
Students seeking to establish licensure outside the state of Florida can find information pertaining to the licensure requirements in your state. Students are encouraged to engage with an academic advisor prior to beginning any online SARA Licensure Notification Requirement academic program that would lead to licensure, in order to best understand the licensure program in your intended state of residence.
Though SARA authorizes the University to offer its programs in member states, there is the possibility that other state requirements not covered by SARA (such as requirements from state licensing boards) could necessitate the restriction of certain programs in certain states. Please note that should a student choose to enroll in a restricted program in a particular state, there may be restrictions that could affect him/her. Examples could include:
- The student may be unable to sit for local licensing in that state.
- The student may be ineligible for consumer protection that state.
- The student may not be able to complete field placements (practicum, internship, clerkship, etc.) in that state. This could affect licensure or recognition of the degree to meet particular requirements in that state.
Additionally, if students move during the course of their studies to a state where their program is restricted, they are taking a risk that they may not be able to complete that program or use any of the credit earned in that program should they decide to pursue licensing in that field in that state.
Please note that the risks listed above are not exhaustive. Students should verify with their state’s professional licensing board that their plans are not impacted by these risks.
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