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State Authorizations

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) has a campus in Pomona, California and Lebanon, Oregon. According to Federal and State Regulations, institutions conducting educational activities outside of their home state must receive authorization, exemption, or license to conduct these activities. Educational activities include, but are not limited to: online courses and experiential learning opportunities (e.g. clinical rotations). States hold the right to choose whether and how to regulate institutions within its borders. The regulations also require a state to have a process to review, and appropriately act on, complaints about an institution.

As an institution in the state of California, the only state not part of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), state authorization is what allows WesternU to enroll students outside of California into its online programs. In addition, adhering to federal regulations around state authorization and distance learning is tied to the university’s participation in Federal Student Aid programs authorized under Title IV of the HEA.

Western University of Health Sciences pursues authorization to offer distance education programs and experiential learning opportunities in other states. Accordingly, WesternU, like all other California schools, is required to secure individual authorization/exemptions with a respective state, as required by their state law, with respect to its educational activities. While WesternU strives to establish a broad range of appropriate authorization/exemptions for our educational activities, we are unable to guarantee it.

Any inquiries regarding State Authorizations can be direct to:

Ms. Tina Loomis, State Authorization Associate
Western University of Heath Sciences
Office of the Provost
309 E. Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766
909.469.7013
tloomis@westernu.edu

Western University of Health Sciences has obtained special authorization/exemptions to fully operate in the States of California and Oregon. In addition, Western University of Health Sciences has obtained special authorization/exemptions to operate in the following states, based on the program.

Please click on the specific state for additional information about specific programmatic or regulatory requirements.

Inquiries regarding the standards or school/clinical site compliance can be selected below:

  • ALASKA
  • ARIZONA
  • ARKANSAS

    Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education
    101 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 300
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Phone: 501-371-2000
    Email: dhe.private.careered@adhe.edu

    Arkansas Department of Higher Education – Resources – Contact SBPCE (adhe.edu)

     

  • CALIFORNIA

    Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education

    An individual may contact the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education for review of a complaint. The bureau may be contacted at 2535 Capitol Oaks Dr, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, Telephone (916) 431-6924, or fax (916) 263-1897.

    Bureau for Private and Post-Secondary Education – BPPE

  • FLORIDA

    Florida Department of Education

    Office Toll Free 1-888-224-6684

    https://www.fldoe.org/sara/

    Concerns Regarding a FL-SARA Approved Institution (fldoe.org)

  • HAWAII

    Hawai`i Post-Secondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP)
    Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
    335 Merchant Street, Rm. 310, Honolulu, HI 96813
    (808) 586-7327 hpeap@dcca.hawaii.gov

    http://cca.hawaii.gov/hpeap/

    Any student complaints regarding Hawaii , please refer to California tab and B.P.P.E.

  • LOUISIANA
  • MICHIGAN
  • MONTANA
  • NEVADA

    Students Home (nv.gov)

    Students enrolled in a licensed private postsecondary educational institution have the right to register a legitimate complaint with CPE.  Prior to filing a complaint, the student must attempt to resolve the issue with school officials according to the policies of the school.  Each institution is required to publish a catalog and have each student complete an enrollment agreement for an enrollment to be legally valid.  Please review these documents when considering filing a complaint.

    If a student is unable to reach a resolution with the institution, the student can contact CPE and we will attempt to resolve the issue.  Until 1 year after the last date of attendance or date on which the damage occurred, whichever is later, a person claiming damage as a result of any act by a postsecondary educational institution or its agents that is a violation of NRS 394.383 to 394.560 inclusive or regulations adopted pursuant thereto. The complaint must set forth the alleged violation and contain other information as required by regulation of the Commission.

    Formal complaints are investigated by staff with a decision by the Administrator.  If either party does not agree with that decision, an appeal to the full Commission may be requested within 10 days of the Administrator decision.

    Students must provide CPE with a copy of the student enrollment agreement, receipt of monies paid, all support documentation related to the allegation and a written statement.  Failure to provide support documentation can impact the length of time to complete an investigation or impact the final outcome. CPE will not communicate with a student concerning the investigation until the investigation is concluded unless the agency requires additional information from the student.

    Investigations may take several months to complete based the complexity of issues, staff resources and documentation review.

    Complaint Form Initial(1).doc (live.com)

     

  • NEW MEXICO

    New Mexico Higher Education Department | NM Higher Education Department (state.nm.us)

    2044 Galisteo Street, Suite 4, Santa Fe, New Mexico  87505-2100

    Email: private.schools@state.nm.us

  • OREGON

    This school is a non-profit corporation and is authorized by the State of Oregon to offer and confer the academic degrees described herein, following a determination that state academic standards will be satisfied under OAR 583-030. Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the Office of Degree Authorization, Higher Education Coordinating Commission, 775 Court St NE, Salem, Oregon 97301.

    Additional state and program information will be provided here as it becomes available.

  • TEXAS
  • UTAH
  • WASHINGTON

    Western University of Health Sciences is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act.  This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Western University of Health Sciences to offer field placement components for specific degree programs.  The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs.  Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs.  Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 or by email at degreeauthorization@wsac.wa.gov.

    Western University of Health Sciences is authorized to provide clinical experiences in the State of Washington for the programs listed below. As per WAC 250-61-151(2)(e), WesternU must provide written disclosure to students and prospective students whether courses or programs potentially leading to licensure or post-licensure requirements meet such requirements in the state in which the student or prospective student is located. WesternU and our colleges have reviewed the educational programs and made the determination that the following programs meet the educational requirements necessary for licensure in the State of Washington. However, each professional licensing board may have additional requirements beyond these educational requirements. The student, graduate, or prospective licensee should review all licensing requirements with the professional licensing board or agency.

    The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program meets the educational requirements for post graduate training which then may lead to professional licensure as an osteopathic physician in the State of Washington.

    The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine program meets the educational requirements leading to professional licensure as a podiatrist in the State of Washington.

    The Doctor of Dental Medicine program meets the educational requirements leading to professional licensure as a dentist in the State of Washington.

    The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program meets the educational requirements leading to professional licensure as a veterinarian in the State of Washington.

    The Doctor of Pharmacy program meets the educational requirements leading to professional licensure as a pharmacist in the State of Washington.

    The Doctor of Physical Therapy program meets the educational requirements leading to professional licensure as a physical therapist in the State of Washington.

    The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program meets the educational requirements leading to professional licensure as a physician assistant in the State of Washington.

    The Master of Science in Nursing programs meet the educational requirements leading to professional licensure as a nurse practitioner in the State of Washington. Please contact the Washington State Department of Health for additional information about nursing licensure.

  • WEST VIRGINIA