National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Please see the  NC-SARA Policies and Standards document for details of specific authorized activities.

California is currently the only state that is not a NC-SARA member.  TTUHSC El Paso continues to work with this state in order to comply with regulatory requirements authorizing TTUHSC El Paso to deliver online education to California students. As a public institution, TTUHSC is exempt from state oversight in California and not required to register with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

Please note that TTUHSC El Paso is not authorized to conduct internships leading to professional licensure without direct coordination with the licensure board in that state. TTUHSC El Paso has implicit or explicit agreement to conduct 100% online learning activities for students in the indicated states. NC-SARA also does NOT include approval by state boards, such as the board of nursing, etc.

Complaint Resolution at TTUHSC El Paso 

TTUHSC El Paso seeks to resolve student complaints or grievances in a fair and prompt manner. All students, including those participating in distance education through TTUHSC El Paso, are encouraged to follow the institution’s Student Grievance Policies and Procedures.

Complaint Resolution Contacts by State

Complaints should be filed in the state where the student is receiving instruction, not in the state in which the student resides. For example, a student residing in Oklahoma but taking courses in Arkansas should file his/her compliant with the state contact for Arkansas. View a comprehensive list of complaint resolution contacts by state.

The NC-SARA Student Complaint Policy is found here: Student Complaints | NC-SARA

Professional Licensure

By law, TTUHSC El Paso is required to notify students and potential students about its degree programs’ ability to meet licensure requirements in a state. Please see the professional determination attachments for TTUHSC El Paso’s MD, DMD, and RN/MSN programs:

WLHSDM Licensure Determination

PLFSOM Licensure Determination

GGHSON Licensure Determination

TTUHSC El Paso makes every effort to ensure information regarding state licensure boards is current; however, board information and state requirements for licensure may change. Students enrolling in a TTUHSC El Paso professional degree program leading to licensure should review requirements of the specific licensing entity for the state/territory in which they intent to practice.

In addition to academic requirements, licensing boards may have additional requirements, such as professional examinations, background checks, years of professional experience, training, etc. It is recommended students contact the appropriate licensing entity to seek information regarding all certification or licensure requirements before beginning a program. TTUHSC El Paso shall not be held liable if a student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in their chosen state/territory.

For more information on the federal regulations for professional licensure disclosures, visit 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v).