State Authorization

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What Is 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 of 2008, Amended 2010. HEOA 600.9 (c).

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 post-secondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary [of Education] the State’s approval upon request. (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002)

In What States Is Bladen Community College Authorized To Offer Online Courses?

As a participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), Bladen Community College is authorized to offer Distance Learning courses in 49 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Bladen Community College is not authorized to offer Distance Learning courses in California and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Is Bladen Community College Accredited?

Bladen Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

For more about the accreditation status of Bladen Community College, visit this link or contact the Commission on Colleges using the information provided below.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges:
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033

Licensure Programs

Continuing Education & Workforce Development

Eligibility for licensure and/or certification may involve more than successful degree completion. All Bladen Community College academic programs prepare students to sit for applicable licensure and/or certification in North Carolina. In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure, Bladen Community College is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure and/or certification outside the state of North Carolina. 

 Bladen Community College cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside of the State of North Carolina. Please contact Applicable Licensure Boards in any state you may want to pursue licensure and/or certification prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure and/or certification requirements.

If you do not live in North Carolina and are considering a program at Bladen Community College that leads to licensure or certification, please use the information and contact list below to discuss licensure options.

Our programs may:

  1. meet state educational requirements for licensure or certification,
  2. not meet state educational requirements for licensure or certification, or
  3. no determination has been made.

What does a student do if they have complaints?

Barry Priest
P.O. Box 266
Dublin, NC 28332
Phone: 910-879-5579