University of Mississippi Medical Center is authorized in all states listed as National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) states as an institutional participant (see the NC-SARA directory web page). All states are participants in the NC-SARA reciprocity agreement other than California as are US Protectorates U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The other inhabited US Protectorates (i.e., American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands) are not members of NC-SARA. Both Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands are sovereign states in free association with the United States and are not members of NC-SARA.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center may need to be legally authorized to serve students in certain states outside of Mississippi. Please review the State Authorization Compliance Table to determine if the University of Mississippi Medical Center is currently able to admit students from your state or place students in an experiential activity outside of Mississippi.
If you have any questions about admissions, refer to the UMMC online application portal.
If you have any questions about experiential placements, contact Kenneth Heard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To provide education to students residing in other states, which constitutes operating in another, higher education institutions must comply with the laws and regulation of each of the states in which students are located while completing distance education. Distance education includes online as well as supervised field experiences including clinicals, internships, externships, and practicum. Per Section 1. Definitions of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, operate means:
31. "Operate" means: activities conducted by an institution in support of offering distance education degree or non-degree courses or programs, and non-credit bearing courses in a state, including but not limited to instruction, marketing recruiting, tutoring, supervised field experiences, experiential learning placements, out-of-state learning placements and other student support services.
In addition to being authorized directly or operating pursuant to a reciprocity agreement, an institution must also check with the state professional licensing boards to see if any program that they are offering that involves distance education requires reprove before a supervised field experience is conduct and leads to licensure in the state the students is located or where they complete their supervised field experience.
Whether a higher education institution engages in an action that triggers “physical presence” varies based on the laws of each specific state. Among the activities considered in determining if physical presence is triggered are:
If physical presence is triggered, the institution must become authorized in that state.
*State physical presence triggers apply if an institution that is an NC-SARA member exceeds their permitted physical presence in a state based on the NC-SARA guidelines (see NC-SARA paragraph below).
The University of Mississippi Medical Center is approved by the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).
NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postseason distance education. Visit the NC-SARA website to learn more.