Please check this webpage for continual updates as state laws/rules/regulations are frequently subject to change. For states with an approved status, please be aware that individual programs may not be approved or may be pending approval by a state authority and cannot be offered to students residing in that state.

Relocation: Should a student relocate while enrolled in a program to another state, it may impact the student’s ability to remain in the program and/or continue to receive financial aid funding. Prior to considering relocation, please contact your program to discuss authorization and program and licensure eligibility requirements.

States have varying rules, requirements and regulations that govern online (distance) education offered by out-of-state institutions. These rules require higher education institutions that offer distance education to state residents to obtain exemption, approval, authorization or other certification from the relevant state agencies. Many of these regulations also apply to field experiences (e.g., internships, practicums, clinicals, etc.) in the state.

Pacific College monitors state authorization requirements in each state and continues to make good faith efforts to secure the appropriate authorization and/or licensure to offer online programs in each state in which it enrolls students.

Update Status Current as of December 2021

Alabama Commission on Higher Education (Exempt)

100 North Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 242-1998

Alabama Community College System (ACCS) (Not Initiated)

P.O. Box 302130
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 293-4500

Street Address:
135 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36104-4340

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (Exempt)

PO Box 110505
Juneau, AK 99811-0505
(907) 465-6741

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education (Exempt)

1740 W. Adams Street, Suite 3008
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-5709

Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Not Initiated)

423 Main Street, Suite 400
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
(501) 371-2000

Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution or degree program. Such certification merely indicates that certain criteria have been met under the rules and regulations of institutional and program certification as defined in Arkansas Coe §6-61-301. The student should be aware that these degree programs may not transfer. The transfer of course/degree credit is determined by the receiving institution.

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (Approved)

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 98018
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
(916) 431-6959 Website:

Physical Address
2535 Capital Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833

Colorado Commission on Higher Education (Exempt)

1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 862-3001

Connecticut Office of Higher Education (Approved)

450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 510
Hartford, Connecticut 06103-1841
(860) 947-1822

Delaware Department of Education (Approved)

401 Federal Street, Suite 2
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 735-4000

District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC) (Approved, BS PHEP not Initiated)

1050 First Street, NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 727-6436

Florida Department of Education (Exempt)

Commission for Independent Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 245-3212

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (Not Initiated)

2082 E. Exchange Place, Suite 220
Tucker, GA 30084-4113
(770) 414-3300

Hawaii Postsecondary Education Authorization Program (Exempt)

P.O. Box 541
Honolulu, HI 96809
(808) 586-7327

Idaho State Board of Education (Exempt)

650 W. State Street, 3rd Floor
Boise, ID 83720-0037
(208) 334-2270

Illinois Board of Higher Education (Approved)

Illinois Board of Higher Education
1 North Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333
Springfield, IL 62701-1377
(217) 782-2551

Indiana Commission on Higher Education (Approved)

101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204-4206
(317) 464-4400

Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Not Initiated)

475 SW Fifth Street, Suite D
Des Moines, IA 50309
(877) 272-4456 option 4

Kansas Board of Regents (Not Initiated)

1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612
(757) 430-4240

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (Not Initiated)

1024 Capital Center Drive, Ste. 320
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 573-1555

Louisiana Board of Regents (Exempt for 100% online, Nursing not Initiated)

1201 N 3rd Street, Suite #6
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 342-4253

Maine Department of Education (Exempt)

23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 624-6600

Maryland Higher Education Commission (Not Initiated)

6 N. Liberty Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-3301

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (Exempt)

1 Ashburton Place, Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 994-6950

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (Approved)

611 W. Ottawa
P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 335-9700

Minnesota Office of Higher Education (Approved, BS PHEP not Initiated)

1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108-5227
(651) 642-0567

Pacific College of Health and Science is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.


Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation (Exempt)

3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
(601) 432-6372

Missouri Department of Higher Education (Exempt)

205 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65201
(573) 751-3940

Montana Board of Regents (Approved)

2500 Broadway Street
P.O. Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201
(406) 444-6570

Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (Exempt)

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95005
Lincoln, NE 68509-5005
(402) 471-2847

Physical Address
140 N. 8th Street, Suite 300
Lincoln, NE 68508

Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education (100% online exempt, Nursing approved)

8778 S. Maryland Pkwy, Ste 115
Las Vegas, NV 89123
(702) 486-7330

New Hampshire Department of Education (100% online exempt, Nursing approved)

101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-0257

New Jersey Commission on Higher Education (Exempt)

20 West State Street
P.O. Box 542
Trenton, NJ 08625-0542
(609) 292-7225

New Mexico Higher Education Department (Approved)

2044 Galisteo Street, #4
Santa Fe, NM 87505

New York Office of College and University Evaluation (Approved)

89 Washing Avenue, Room 960
Education Building Annex
Albany, New York 12234
(518) 474-1551

Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina (Exempt for 100% online, Nursing not Initiated)

910 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27515
(919) 962-4558

North Dakota University System (Approved)

2000 44th Street, SW, Suite 301
Fargo, ND 58103

Ohio Board of Regents (Exempt for 100% online, Nursing approved)

25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-6000

Oklahoma Regents of Higher Education (Not Initiated)

655 Research Parkway, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 225-9100

Oregon Office of Degree Authorization (Approved, Nursing and BS PHEP Not Initiated)

3225 25th Street SE
Salem, OR 97302
(503) 378-5690
[email protected]

Students should attempt to resolve any grievances they may have with their institution first. Should attempts to resolve these problems with appropriate school officials fail, or should the student be dissatisfied with the final outcome of the college complaint process, then the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), can respond to a formal complaint. Students may contact the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, 3225 25th St. SE, Salem, OR 97302 or by sending an email to [email protected]. Students may also access the HECC complaints web page.

Pennsylvania Department of Education (Approved)

333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126
(717) 783-6788

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (Not Initiated)

560 Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 100
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 736-1100

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (Exempt)

1122 Lady Street, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 737-3476

South Dakota Secretary of State (Exempt)

500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3537

Tennessee Higher Education Commission (Exempt for 100% online, Nursing not Initiated)

404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 741-5293

Any authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.

Tennessee Residents: Any grievances not resolved on the institutional level may be forwarded to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville, TN 37243-0830, (615) 741-5293.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Exempt)

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 427-6223

Delivery Address:
1200 East Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78752

Texas Workforce Commission Career Schools and Colleges (Exempt)

101 E. 15th Street
Austin, TX 78778-0001
(512) 463-2222

Utah Division of Consumer Protection (Exempt for 100% Online, Nursing Approved)

160 East 300 South, Second Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
(801) 530-6601

Vermont Agency of Education (Exempt)

219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 479-1030

Virginia State Council of Higher Education (Exempt for 100% online, Nursing not Initiated)

James Moore Building
101 N 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 225-2600

Washington Student Achievement Council (100% online exempt, Nursing pending)

917 Lakeridge Way, SW
Olympia, WA 98504-3430
(306) 753-7800

For Washington State residents seeking information and resources about student loan repayment or seeking to submit a complaint relating to your student loans or student loan servicer, please visit or contact the Student Loan Advocate at [email protected].

The student loan advocate supports current and future student loan borrowers. Coordinating with other state agencies, the loan advocate: addresses student borrower complaints; provides information and resources about student loan repayment; and educates the public about the rights and responsibilities of student loan borrowers. Contact financial aid to talk to the student loan advocate.

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Approved)

1018 Kanawha Blvd E., Ste 700
Charleston, WV 25301-2800
(304) 558-2101

Wisconsin Educational Approval Board (Approved, Nursing/BS PHEP/Medical Cannabis Certificate not Initiated)

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 8366
Madison, WI 53708-8366
(608) 266-1996

Delivery Address:
431 Charmany Dr, #102
Madison, WI 53719

Wyoming Department of Education (Approved)

2300 Capitol Avenue
Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0050
(307) 777-7690