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DISTANCE EDUCATION DISCLOSURE

Ameritech College of Healthcare, as a participating member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), is authorized to offer distance programs in all states that participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Approval for institutional participation was granted by the State of Utah Office of Higher Education on March 04, 2020. California is the only state that does not participate in SARA.

SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories in which participating states adhere to established standards offering postsecondary distance education courses and programs. SARA allows students to participate in online courses and online programs in other SARA states with a few restrictions including externship/internships and clinical requirements. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts. For more information and a list of member states, please visit the website.

The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) is the agency designated to serve as the UT SARA portal entity —the Utah point of contact for students and institutions for SARA questions, complaints and other communications. USHE works to ensure complaints against schools are resolved according to state statute as well as NC-SARA policies. If a student has a complaint, the student should begin the complaint process with the institution and if resolution is not found, the student could file a complaint with Utah SARA or complete an online form here.

If a student wishes to contact the state portal entities for his or her home state, contact information for state authorization liaisons in each SARA state can be found on the NC-SARA website. State by state contact information for agencies responsible for receiving student consumer complaints is available online.

DISTANCE EDUCATION AUTHORIZATION

The United States Department of Education regulation 4 C.F.R.§ 600.9(c) requires each state to apply for and receive authorization to provide online/distance education programs to out-of-state students. The authorization requirements, as well the application processes, vary on a state-by-state basis.

Although Ameritech is authorized to deliver distance education in all forty-nine SARA-participating states, some state Boards of Nursing or state Higher Education Commissions have different education and licensure requirements, affecting where Ameritech programs meet requirements for desired licensure in states other than Utah. Although we outline this information below, prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the state Board of Nursing or equivalent licensing board of the state in which they intend to obtain licensure as requirements may be subject to change.