Distance Education

State Authorization

State Authorization is a legal issue dealing with a college’s adherence to state requirements for colleges to secure authorization to offer instruction in that state. Compliance with individual state requirements is now part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, Amended 2010. In addition, an institution’s compliance with State Authorization requirements is included in the criteria reviewed by accrediting bodies during an institution’s accreditation or re accreditation process.

HEOA § 600.9 (c)  State Authorization

If an institution is offering post-secondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering postsecondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State’s approval upon request.

What is Rowan-Cabarrus is doing to comply with State Authorization?

While the majority of our online students live within the state of North Carolina, and we do not recruit from nor market to outside states, we are complying with the Federal Requirements by monitoring incoming applications for out of state students who may wish to register for courses. Once the Registrar identifies the student(s), communication will begin towards seeking State Authorization for the particular state of residency.

Below are states and U.S. territories from which Rowan-Cabarrus has obtained State Authorization or qualifies for an exemption. If you reside in a state or territory not listed below, please note that Rowan-Cabarrus may accept your application for enrollment, but cannot process course registrations until the appropriate authorization or exemption has been obtained.

Authorized or Exempted States & US Territories for Distance Education


  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
Licensure and Certification Programs offered by Rowan-Cabarrus

In accordance with federal requirements Rowan-Cabarrus is working to provide a complete list of all courses and programs that lead to professional certification and/or licensure and information on how internal requirements match those of other states. If you are participating in a course or program that leads to professional certification and/or licensure and intend on participating in a clinical or field experience or applying for certification and/or licensure outside of North Carolina, please contact the program contact for more information.


Emergency Medical Training

Alan Thompson, NRP
Emergency Services Director
Program Chair Emergency Medical Science and Emergency Management
alan.thompson@rccc.edu, 704-216-7141