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SARA Recognized Institution

On June 22, 2015, New Mexico State University (NMSU) became a SARA Recognized Institution and a member of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Thus, NMSU abides by the national standards for the interstate offering of distance education (DE) courses and programs. Being a SARA Recognized Institution increases access to NMSU distance education for students from other states and territories.

NMSU State Authorization Map

If you physically reside outside New Mexico and are currently enrolled in or are planning to enroll in a Distance Education program at NMSU, the following State Authorization information applies to you.

State Authorization does not apply to NMSU Las Cruces campus students from other states who take online courses while living in Las Cruces and taking them in combination with face-to-face courses. 

Before you can enroll in an NMSU distance education program or course, NMSU must be authorized in your state to offer distance education. Please note for distance education  programs with internships, clinicals, and practicums additional state restrictions may apply for which NMSU might not be authorized.

To find out the NMSU’s authorization status in your state, review your state’s status information. It’s recommended you check back. Since NMSU is working on getting authorized in more states or a state becomes a SARA state, this information will change.


US State Authorization

Washington DC

Terminology

Term Meaning
Exempt  Students in these states can enroll in NMSU’s Distance Education programs.
Limited  Students in these states can enroll in some of NMSU’s Distance Education programs. NMSU may not be approved to offer some DE programs with internships, clinicals, or practicums. You will need to review the requirements of the DE program and your state’s status information to determine if you can enroll.
Alabama - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Alabama’s regulation to offer programs to Alabama residents.  However, successful completion of an NMSU Distance Education Educator or Nursing program “does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate, or eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama.”  Please check with the appropriate Alabama state agency or licensing body for additional information.

Alaska - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Alaska’s regulations to offer programs to Alaska residents.

Arizona - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Arizona’s regulations to offer programs to Arizona residents.

Arkansas - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Arkansas’ regulations to offer programs to Arkansas residents.

California - Exempt

NMSU can offer DE programs and courses to California residents. No application is required by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education.

Colorado - Limited

NMSU can offer DE programs and courses to Colorado residents except for Nursing programs that require clinicals. However, since the Doctorate in Nursing (Ph.D.) is a research-based program, CO residents can apply for this program. At this time, for the other DE Nursing Programs, which require clinicals, NMSU is not accepting CO residents.

Connecticut - Limited

NMSU can offer DE programs and courses to Connecticut residents, except for educator and principal licensure DE programs. Since NMSU doesn’t have a physical presence in Connecticut, no application is required by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education.

Delaware - Limited

NMSU can offer DE programs and courses except for programs that have a field experience (clinicals, internships/externships, practicums) to Delaware residents. Except for the Doctorate in Nursing (Ph.D.), which is a research-based program, Delaware residents can apply for this program. At this time NMSU does not accept Delaware residents for the other DE Nursing programs, which do require clinicals.

Florida - Limited

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Florida’s regulations to offer programs to Florida residents. At this time NMSU does not accept Florida residents for DE Nursing programs, which require clinicals. However, since the Doctorate in Nursing (Ph.D.) is a research-based program, Florida residents can apply for this program.

Georgia - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Georgia’s regulation to offer programs to Georgia residents.

Hawaii - Exempt

NMSU can offer DE programs and courses to Hawaii residents. No application is required by the Hawaii Postsecondary Education Authorization Program.

Idaho - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Idaho’s regulations to offer programs to Idaho residents.

Illinois - Exempt

According to Illinois regulations, NMSU does not have a physical presence in the state and no application is required. NMSU can offer programs to Illinois residents.

Indiana - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Indiana’s regulations to offer programs to Indiana residents.

Iowa - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Iowa’s regulations to offer programs to Iowa residents.

Kansas - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Kansas’ regulations to offer programs to Kansas residents.

Kentucky - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Kentucky’s regulations to offer programs to Kentucky residents.

Louisiana - Limited

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Louisiana’s regulations to offer programs to Louisiana residents except for Teacher and Nursing Education programs, which require field experiences (clinicals, practicums, internships, etc).  However, since the Doctorate in Nursing (Ph.D.) is a research-based program, Louisiana residents can apply for this program.

Maine - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Maine’s regulation to offer programs to Maine residents.

Maryland - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Maryland’s regulations to offer programs to Maryland residents.

Massachusetts - Limited

NMSU can offer DE programs and courses to Massachusetts’  residents, except for programs which require a  field experience (internships, clinicals or practicums), such as Teacher and Nursing Education programs, However, since the Doctorate in Nursing (Ph.D.) is a research-based program, Massachusetts’ residents can apply for this program. At this time, NMSU is not accepting Massachusetts’ residents for other DE Nursing Programs.

Michigan - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Michigan’s regulation to offer programs to Michigan residents.

Minnesota - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Minnesota’s regulations to offer programs to Minnesota residents.

Mississippi - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance Mississippi’s regulations to offer programs to Mississippi residents.

Missouri - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Missouri’s regulations to offer programs to Missouri residents.

Montana - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Montana’s regulations to offer programs to Montana residents.

Nebraska - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Nebraska’s regulations to offer programs to Nebraska residents.

Nevada - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Nevada’s regulations to offer programs to Nevada residents.

New Hampshire - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with New Hampshire’s regulations to offer programs to New Hampshire residents.

New Jersey - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with New Jersey’s regulations to offer programs to New Jersey residents.

New Mexico - Exempt

As an institution of higher education accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, New Mexico State University (NMSU) is authorized by the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) to offer its programs to residents of New Mexico. Therefore, NMSU is in compliance with NMHED regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.

New York - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with New York’s regulations to offer programs to New York residents.

North Carolina - Limited

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with North Carolina’ s regulations to offer programs to North Carolina residents except for Public Health, Nursing, and Education programs.  If you are interested in the Master’s in Public Health, please check with the appropriate state agency about online programs requiring a field experience (clinicals, internships, and practicums). Except for the Doctorate in Nursing (Ph.D.), which is a research-based program, at this time,  NMSU does not accept North Carolina residents for NMSU’s other DE Nursing programs.

North Dakota - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with North Dakota’s regulations to offer programs to North Dakota residents.

Ohio - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Ohio’s regulations to offer programs to Ohio residents.

Oklahoma - Exempt

NMSU can offer DE programs and courses to Oklahoma residents. No application is required by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Oregon - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Oregon’s regulations to offer programs to Oregon residents.

Pennsylvania - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Pennsylvania’s regulation to offer programs to Pennsylvania residents.

Rhode Island - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Rhode Island’s regulations to offer programs to Rhode Island residents.

South Carolina - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with South Carolina’ s regulations to offer programs to South Carolina residents.

South Dakota - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with South Dakota’s regulations to offer programs to South Dakota residents.

Tennessee - Limited

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Tennesee’s regulations to offer programs to Tennesee residents except for Nursing DE programs. NMSU has not applied to the Tennessee Board of Health for approval of its DE Nursing programs. At this time NMSU does not accept Tennesee residents for DE Nursing programs.

Texas - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Texas’ regulations to offer programs to Texas  residents. NMSU is authorized to offer DE programs by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer it programs requiring a field experience (clinicals, internships, practicums) to residents of Texas.

Utah - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Utah’s regulation to offer programs to Utah residents.

Vermont - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Vermont’s regulations to offer programs to Vermont residents.

Virginia - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Virginia’s regulations to offer programs to Virginia residents.

Washington - Limited

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Washington’s regulations to offer programs to Washington residents, except for DE Nursing programs.  NMSU has not applied to the Washington State Nursing Commission for approval of its DE Nursing degree programs. At this time NMSU does not accept Washington residents for DE Nursing programs.

West Virginia - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with West Virginia’s regulations to offer programs to West Virginia residents.

Wisconsin - Exempt

NMSU is exempt from authorization in Wisconsin and can offer DE programs to residents.

Wyoming - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with Wyoming’s regulations to offer programs to Wyoming residents.

Washington DC - Exempt

As an approved SARA institution, NMSU is in compliance with the District of Columbia’s regulations to offer programs to District of Columbia residents.