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State Authorization

  • As of May 18, 2016

    All U.S. States require post-secondary educational institutions to be legally authorized to provide post-secondary educational instruction in their states. Many of these state laws and regulations also apply to online, distance and correspondence educational instruction offered in that state. As such, Saint Francis University and its online/distance educations programs must be authorized in certain states prior to offering those courses or programs to students residing in those states. Likewise, many states require post-secondary educational institutions to be legally authorized to offer activities such as internships, clinical or fieldwork experiences in their state.

    Saint Francis University is in a continuous process to monitor regulations in states and territories in which it "operates." Prospective out-of-state students should consult the list below to determine their eligibility for admission to our online programs.

    Distance education program availability varies by state. Admission into a program is granted at the time of initial acceptance into the program and is dependent on program availability in the state where the student is physically located at the time of admission. If a student moves to a state other than the state where the student was physically present when admitted into the program, continuation within the program will depend on the availability of the program within the new state where the student is physically present. It is the student's responsibility to notify the institution of a change in physical presence.

    Students presently enrolled in our on-campus or online programs that wish to complete an activity such as an internship, clinical or fieldwork experience should consult the program coordinator before initializing any contact with a business or agency outside of Pennsylvania.

    Authorization

    Saint Francis University has received authorization (or is exempt from the requirement) to offer online degree programs to residents in the following states as well as opportunities for internships, clinical or fieldwork experiences as noted:

                       
     State or Territory      Status Authorization
     Authorized or Exempt 
     Online Programs
    Internships, Clinical or Fieldwork 
    Experiences (campus-based programs)  
             
    Alabama  Master of Health Science
     Master of Human Resource Management 
     B.S. in Behavioral Science
     B.S. in Health Studies
     Exempt
    Alaska  Master of Health Science
     Master of Human Resource Management
     B.S. in Behavioral Science
     B.S. in Health Studies

    These programs are exempt from authorization in the State of Alaska under AS 14.48 and 20 AAC 17 because the programs are online or distance delivered and do not have a physical presence in the state.
     Exempt
    Arizona  All online courses/programs except MSN   Exempt
    Arkansas

     Master of Health Science

    Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution or program.  Such certification merely indicates that certain criteria have been met as required under the rules and regulations implementing institutional and program certification as defined in Arkansas Code §6-61-301. 

     Exempt
     California  All online courses/programs except MSN 
     (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)  
     Exempt
     Colorado  All online courses/programs except MSN  Exempt 
     Connecticut  All online courses/programs except MSN
     Exempt
     Delaware

     All online courses/programs except MSN
    (internships approved for online MHRM)              

     Approved
     Dist. of Columbia  All online courses/programs except MSN
     (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)
     
     Exempt
     Florida  All online courses/programs except MSN  Exempt
     Georgia  All online courses/programs except MSN  Exempt
     Hawaii  All online courses/programs except MSN 
     (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)
     Exempt
     Idaho  All online courses/programs except MSN  Exempt
     Illinois  All online courses/programs except MSN  Exempt
     Indiana  Master of Health Science
     Master of Medical Science
     Master of Human Resource Management
     Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement
     B.S. in Health Studies 
     B.S. in Behavioral Science 

     This institution is authorized by:
     The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
     101 W. Ohio St., Suite 670
     Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984
     Exempt
     Iowa  All online courses/programs except MSN 
    (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)
     Exempt
     Kansas  All online courses/programs except MSN 
     Exempt
     Kentucky All online courses/programs except MSN                  
    (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)
     Select programs (see list below*)
     Louisiana All online courses/programs except MSN 
    (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)
     None permitted 
     Maine All online courses/programs except MSN 
    (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)
     None permitted
     Maryland Master of Health Science
    Master of Medical Science
    Master of Human Resource Management 
    B.S. Health Studies
    B.S. Behavioral Science
    (no internship, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)
    Exempt. No more than 10 students per program per semester permitted.
     Massachusetts All online courses/programs except MSN
    (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)
     None permitted
     Michigan  No distance education courses/programs permitted  Exempt
     Minnesota Master of Health Science
    Master of Human Resource Management

    Required (Registration) Disclosure Statement: 'Saint Francis University is registered  with the office pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

     Exempt
     Mississippi  All online courses/programs except MSN  Exempt
     Missouri  All online courses/programs except MSN  Exempt
     Montana  All online courses/programs except MSN  Exempt
     Nebraska  All online courses/programs except MSN  Exempt
     Nevada  All online courses/programs except MSN
     (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)
     Exempt
     New Hampshire  All online courses/programs except MSN
     (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)
     Select programs (see list below*)
     New Jersey  All online courses/programs except MSN  
     
     Exempt
     New Mexico  All online courses/programs except MSN  
     (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)
     None permitted
     New York  All online courses/programs except MSN
     Exempt
     North Carolina  All online courses/programs except MSN
     (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)
     None permitted. Application in progress
     North Dakota  All online courses/programs except MSN
     (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)
     Exempt
     Ohio  All online courses/programs except MSN
     (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)
     Exempt
     Oklahoma  All online courses/programs except MSN  Exempt** 
     Oregon Master of Health Science
    Master of Human Resource Management
    (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs) 
     Select programs (see list below*)
     Pennsylvania  All online courses/programs except MSN  Approved
     Puerto Rico  Master of Health Science  Exempt
     Rhode Island  All online courses/programs except MSN  Exempt
     South Carolina  All online courses/programs except MSN  Exempt
     South Dakota All online courses/programs except MSN Exempt
     Tennessee  All online courses/programs except MSN
    (any internship for online programs must be initiated by student)
     Exempt** 
     Texas  All online courses/programs except MSN
    (any internship for online programs must be initiated by student)
     Approved***
     Utah  All online courses/programs except MSN  Exempt
     Vermont  All online courses/programs except MSN  Exempt
     Virginia  All online courses/programs except MSN  Exempt
     Washington  All online courses/programs except MSN
    (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)
     Exempt
     West Virginia  All online courses/programs except MSN
    (no internships, fieldwork experiences, etc. for online programs)
     Approved
     Wisconsin  Application in process for approval of all online programs  Exempt
     Wyoming  All online courses/programs except MSN  Approved 

    ** Must be student-initiated process.
    *** Must be pre-approved by listing site on annual authorization renewal form to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

    Limited Authorization - Internships/Clinical or Fieldwork Experiences:

    Saint Francis University has limited authorization for internships, clinical or fieldwork experiences in the following states:

    •  Kentucky: Only non-credit experiences permitted
    •  New Hampshire: Authorized programs: MPAS
    •  Oregon: Authorized programs: DPT, MPAS, MOT

    No Authorization - Internships/Clinical or Fieldwork Experiences:

    Saint Francis University students are not authorized to complete internships, clinical or fieldwork experiences, etc. in the following states:

    • Louisiana
    • Maine
    • Massachusetts

    Pending Authorization:

    Saint Francis University is in the process of researching and applying for authorization in the following states and territories. Note: If your state of residence is on the pending approval list, this does not exclude you from applying to Saint Francis University. Contact the program enrollment counselor prior to completing the application to see if the status has changed.

    • North Carolina (internships, clinical and fieldwork experiences)
    • Wisconsin (distance education)

    Questions on State Authorization may be directed to (814) 472-3199.