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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.

Western University of Health Sciences has obtained special authorization/exemptions to operate in the following states, based on the program:

Western University of Health Sciences has obtained special authorization/exemptions to fully operate in the following states: California and Oregon. Inquiries regarding the standards or school/clinical site compliance can be directed to:


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.


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.