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State Authorization

States in which Creighton University is Authorized to Operate

If you are not a resident of the state where your online program is based, you should ensure that the program and institution are authorized to operate in your state.   

Nebraska is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), and Creighton is a participating institution. This means we are part of a group working together to make it easier for students to take online courses offered in other states. We are committed to complying with all states’ regulations for distance learning programs.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

US map denoting which states Creighton is operating under the SARA

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. 

Creighton University is offering online courses to all 50 states and Washington D.C. Forty-eight (49) states and D.C. operate under SARA policies and procedures (see map above).   

California is not yet a member state of SARA, but it currently does not require authorization or registration from Creighton to offer online courses or supervised field visits/externships.  

Potential Nursing Graduate Students: Due to regulatory requirements in the following states, the Creighton University College of Nursing is unable to accept or enroll students who intend to reside in any of these states while pursuing a MSN or DNP nursing program, or Post-Graduate Certificate: Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee and Oregon.**
** In Oregon, neonatal NP students are still eligible to apply​

Registration Required

The following states require registration: 

Arizona*: Creighton University has been granted licensure for its Doctor of Medicine Program at the Creighton School of Medicine and College of Nursing second-degree BSN Program at the Regional Campus at St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. All other online programs are operating under SARA.

Field Experience 

Please note: SARA and Non-SARA states have different requirements for internship/externship/field experience and/or clinicals and must be clarified prior to engaging in such. Programs should contact Lannette Chavez – Office of General Counsel


Although Creighton University accepts out-of-state students in its distance education programs involving licensure or certification, it does not imply or guarantee recognition, or equivalency, and/or transfer to another state. Before seeking admission or beginning study in a distance education course or program involving licensure or certification, please visit the program’s webpage or contact the program for information on the state in which you intend to pursue licensure.