National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA)
Pierce College is a member of SARA, a regional compact unified under a national “Unified State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement” (SARA). This nationwide initiative makes online courses more accessible to students across state lines and make it easier for states to regulate – and institutions to participate in – interstate eLearning education.
Students from outside the State of Washington, who are considering a program of study that may lead to professional license, should contact the appropriate licensing agency in their state of residence before beginning a course of study.
Clinical experiences and internships are also addressed in the SARA participation. SARA member institutions can accept students from other SARA member institutions. Under the Unified State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (3.4.3), experiential learning opportunities include, such as a clinical, practicum, residency, or internship, provided that the institution has already obtained all the necessary professional and licensure approvals necessary (if any) to conduct the learning opportunity in the state, and only 10 students in the same academic program from each institution are physically present simultaneously at a single field placement site unless a higher number is approved by the host state’s portal agency.
For your convenience, please check on the licensing requirements for the state where you will seek employment. If you experience difficulty finding the license requirements for a specific state, please contact the program’s advisor for help.