State Authorization Status
Fully Online courses/programs are defined as programs or courses that do not require any physical presence activity within the designated state such as practicum, internships, cooperative education experiences, clinicals or field placements.
Eastern Kentucky University is committed to transparency. It is important that you understand that each state has different requirements for authorization for online programs to be offered in their state.
Practicum/Co-op/Clinical/Externships/Mentoring/Shadowing – “Co-op/Clinical”
In all online degree programs which have a required or optional co-op/clinical, based upon a specific state authorization status, you MAY not be able to have that experience in your state of residence. At the time you request approval to enroll in co-op/clinical, the program coordinator will evaluate and determine whether your co-op/clinical can occur in a particular state, or if the credit requirement can be waived, or if an alternative educational experience can be substituted, or other options.
State authorization status at the time of recruitment, admission, and enrollment into an online program may vary from the time of enrollment in a co-op/clinical. It is the state authorization status at the time of enrollment in the co-op/clinical that is controlling. Due to the constantly changing state authorization requirements for online programs, Eastern Kentucky University cannot guarantee that you will be able to complete a co-op/clinical in your state of residence.
You are encouraged to discuss this issue with your academic advisor/program coordinator.
State Authorization Status Report
- Fully Online courses/programs are defined as programs or courses that do not require any physical presence activity within the designated state such as practicum, internships, cooperative education experiences, clinicals or field placements.
- Exempt status means that EKU is not required to seek authorization or permission to offer its online programs in a state.
- Authorized means that EKU had to apply and has been granted authorization to offer its online programs in a state.
States Not Authorized
States with Pending Authorization
|States with partial*|
Maryland (Fully online courses are exempt)
Massachusetts (Fully online courses are exempt)
New York * (Fully online courses are exempt) Also exempt for MSN Administration and DNP
North Carolina (Fully online courses and certain programs are exempt) check with online advisors for more information.
Tennessee (Fully Online courses and “Student Driven” coops are okay)
Delaware (Fully online courses are exempt)
Iowa (Fully online courses are exempt)
North Dakota (Fully online courses are exempt)
Oregon (Fully online courses are exempt)
New Mexico (Fully online courses are exempt)
*Colorado (Authorized for all programs except nursing) – EKU is not currently taking nursing students in Colorado
*Georgia – EKU is not currently taking nursing students in Georgia
*New Hampshire – Authorized for fully online courses, MSN Nursing, Doctor of Nursing and Doctor of Occupational Therapy ONLY
*New York - EKU is not currently taking MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner or Rural Health Family Nurse Practitioner nursing students in New York/ Can accept Nursing Administration and DNP students.
Minnesota – EKU Is not currently taking MSN Nursing, Doctor of Nursing and Doctor of Occupational Therapy students in Minnesota
Washington – EKU Is not currently taking nursing students in Washington
*Louisiana – EKU is not currently taking nursing students in Louisiana
50 states exempt EKU from seeking authorization for FULLY ONLINE programs (programs that have no co-op, practicum, clinical placements, internships or field placements as part of the mandatory curriculum)
State Authorization Compliance Requirements by State
TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS: Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P – 12 school system(s). See www.alsde.edu
NURSING: State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice. See www.abn.alabama.gov
This institution is authorized by:
The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 670
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984
REGISTRATION DISCLOSURE: Eastern Kentucky University is registered as a Private Institution 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.
DEGREE STANDARDS: The General Education Standards for EKU’s Associate of Art and Bachelor of Art degrees are different from Minnesota’s Degree Standards for General Education. In most circumstances Minnesota students should have enough elective courses to meet Minnesota’s Degree Standards but some students may be required to take additional courses to meet these standards. Minnesota students should review these degree standards at http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=201
Online students residing in Oregon are eligible for refunds pursuant OAR 583-030-0035(18) (c): After classes begin for a term, a student who withdraws from a course is eligible for a partial refund through the middle week of the term. Refunds shall be based on unused instructional time and shall be prorated on a weekly basis for schools using a semester, quarter or nontraditional calendar.
Terms that are 17 weeks in length require a refund through week 9.
Terms that are 10 weeks in length require a refund through week 5
Terms that are 8 weeks in length require a refund through week 4.
Terns that are 5 weeks in length require a refund through week 3.
Terms that are 2 weeks in length require a refund through week 1.
Partial refunds will occur through the middle week of any given term, and prorated on a weekly basis as stipulated above.
Eastern Kentucky University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum education standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Eastern Kentucky University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.
Distance Education Complaint Process for Out-of-State Students
Students enrolled in EKU online programs should attempt to resolve complaints by using the policies and procedures of the university (see the Student Handbook). However, if the issue cannot be resolved internally, students can file a complaint about the institution by referring to the following list of State Agencies in compliance with U.S. Department of Education regulations.