State Operations, Registrations and Licensure


Map of USA with state distance education authorization info

SARA States

Creighton University is operating in the following states under SARA policies and procedures:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona*
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

What is SARA?

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 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. Nebraska is a member of SARA and Creighton University is a participating institution in SARA.

Field Experience

Please note: Non-SARA states each 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.

Registration Not Required

The following states do not require registration to provide online education:

  • California
  • Florida
  • Massachusetts

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.


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, it is highly recommended applicants contact the applicable licensing board in the states in which they wish to pursue licensure.