University of Mississippi Medical Center is authorized in all states listed as NC-SARA states as an institutional participant (see the Mississippi NC-SARA 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, 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 maintains a physical presence in Mississippi and is authorized to operate as an institution of higher education by the Mississippi Institutions for Higher Learning (IHL)/Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation (MCCA). The IHL/MCCA is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, many of the University of Mississippi Medical Center's academic programs carry specialized accreditation specific to the profession. For a list of organizations that accredit programs within the University of Mississippi Medical Center, refer to UMMC accreditation listing page.
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 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 practicums. Per Rule __ of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, operating means
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 preapproval 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 postsecondary distance education. Click here to learn more about NC-SARA.