State Authorization


Notice for applicants from outside the State of North Carolina
Admission of applicants residing outside the state of North Carolina to an online degree or certificate program or individual online course offered by Western Carolina University is dependent upon WCU’s ability to secure authorization from the applicant’s state of residence, if such authorization is required. If you have any questions, please contact WCU Distance & Online Programs at 828-227-7397 or toll-free at 866-928-4723.

Notice to online and resident students seeking to complete an internship, clinical or other field experience outside of North Carolina
A student's ability to participate in an internship, clinical or other field experience is dependent upon the individual states authorization requirements and WCU's authorization status with that state. Before engaging in any internship, clinical or other field experience outside of North Carolina, please check to see if WCU is authorized for such experiences in that state.

Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement
Programs at WCU that prepare students for professional licensure are designed to prepare a student to sit for applicable licensure in North Carolina.  In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure WCU is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure outside the state of North Carolina.  WCU cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of North Carolina.  Please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside North Carolina. 

Student Complaints and Concerns

If you are participating in a Western Carolina University online program or course, and you have a complaint or concern about your experiences with WCU other than your final grade, you are encouraged to first contact the Program Director for the program or course. If your concerns are still unresolved, we encourage you to visit our Online Student Complaint Procedures page.

For online students who reside outside North Carolina, if you have a complaint about WCU’s distance education programs and the issue could not be resolved internally, contact the appropriate authority in your state of residence: State Agencies Handling Distance Learning Complaints

Alabama

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Authorized, organized by student only
Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: N/A

Special Requirements: None

Alaska

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Authorized, Organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes
Special Requirements: None

arizona

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

arkansas

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes
Special Requirements: None

california

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: No

Special Requirements: None

colorado

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

connecticut

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

deleware

Online Programs: Partial (online programs that do not require internships, clinicals or other field experiences)
Internships: Not Authorized

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes
Special Requirements: No online academic programs requiring field placement in Delaware are authorized. Students in resident campus programs are not permitted to conduct any internships, field placements or clinicals in Delaware.

d.c.

Online Programs: Partial (online programs that do not require internships, clinicals or other field experiences)
Internships: No
Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: No online academic programs requiring field placement in the District of Columbia are authorized. Students in resident campus programs are not permitted to conduct any internships, field placements, or clinicals in Washington, DC.

florida

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student
Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

georgia

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

hawaii

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student
Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: No
Special Requirements: None

idaho

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: No
Special Requirements: None

illinois

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

indiana

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

iowa

Online Programs: Not Authorized

Internships: Students in resident programs only are permitted to take internships in Iowa.

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: N/A

Special Requirements: N/A

kansas

Online Programs: Partial (online programs that do not require internships, clinicals, or other field experiences)
Internships: Not Authorized

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: No online academic programs requiring field placement in Kansas are authorized. Students in resident campus programs are not permitted to conduct any internships, field placements or clinicals in Kansas.

kentucky

Online Programs: Partial (online programs that do not require internships, clinicals, or other field experiences)

Internships: Not Authorized

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: No online academic programs requiring field placement in Kentucky are authorized. Students in resident campus programs are not permitted to conduct any internships, field placements or clinicals in Kentucky.

louisiana

Online Programs: Partial (online programs that do not require internships, clinicals, or other field experiences)

Internships: Not Authorized

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: No online academic programs requiring field placement in Louisiana are authorized. Students in resident campus programs are not permitted to conduct any internships, field placements or clinicals in Louisiana.

maine

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: No
Special Requirements: None

maryland

Online Programs: Partial (online programs that do not require internships, clinicals, or other field experiences)
Internships: Not Authorized for Online Programs. Students in resident programs are authorized, if the experience is found independently by the student. 

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: No online academic programs requiring field placement in Maryland are authorized. Students in resident campus programs are permitted to conduct internships, field placements or clinicals in Maryland, if they are found by the student independently and not organized by WCU.

massachusetts

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Authorized

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

michigan

Online Programs: Not Authorized

Internships: Not Authorized

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: No
Special Requirements: None

minnesota

Online Programs: Not Authorized

Internships: Not Authorized

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: N/A

Special Requirements: N/A

mississippi

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student
Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

missouri

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Authorized, organized by the student only

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes
Special Requirements: All online programs are authorized, any student may participate in internships that are not directly organized by the university.

montana

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

nebraska

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student
Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

nevada

Online Programs: Partial (online programs that do not require internships, clinicals, or other field experiences)

Internships: Not Authorized

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: No online academic programs requiring field placement in Nevada are authorized. Students in resident campus programs are not permitted to conduct any internships, field placements or clinicals in Nevada.

new hampshire

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Authorized, organized by student only

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes
Special Requirements: All online programs are authorized, any student may participate in internships that are not directly organized by the university.

new jersey

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: No

Special Requirements: None

new mexico

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Not Authorized

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: No online academic programs requiring field placement in New Mexico are authorized. Students in resident campus programs are not permitted to conduct any internships, field placements or clinicals in New Mexico

new york

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Partial

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: Clinical internships related to certain licensed professions (e.g., nursing, counseling, respiratory therapy, etc.), the practices of which are typically restricted to licensed persons are NOT authorized  

north dakota

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

ohio

Online Programs: Partial (online programs that do not require internships, clinicals or other field experiences)

Internships: Not Authorized

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: No online academic programs requiring field placement in Ohio are authorized. Students in resident campus programs are not permitted to conduct any internships, field placements or clinicals in Ohio.

oklahoma

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None  

oregon

Online Programs: Not Authorized

Internships: Not Authorized

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: No

Special Requirements: No online academic programs requiring field placement in Oregon are authorized. Students in resident campus programs are not permitted to conduct any internships, field placements or clinicals in Oregon.

pennsylvania

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

rhode island

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

south carolina

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student
Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

south dakota

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

tennessee

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Authorized, organized by student only
Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: All online programs are authorized, any student may participate in internships that are not directly organized by the university.

texas

Online Programs: Partial (online programs that do not require internships, clinicals or other field experiences)
Internships: Not Authorized

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: No online academic programs requiring field placement in Texas are authorized. Students in resident campus programs are not permitted to conduct any internships, field placements or clinicals in Texas.

utah

Online Programs: Partial (online programs that do not require internships, clinicals or other field experiences)

Internships: Not Authorized

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: No online academic programs requiring field placement in Utah are authorized. Students in resident campus programs are not permitted to conduct any internships, field placements or clinicals in Utah.

vermont

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

virginia

Online Programs: Authorized

Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes
Special Requirements: None

washington

Online Programs: Partial (online programs that do not require internships, clinicals or other field experiences)
Internships: Students in resident programs only are permitted to take internships in Washington.

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: No online academic programs requiring field placement in Washington are authorized. Students in resident campus programs are permitted to conduct any internships, field placements or clinicals in Washington. 

west virginia

Online Programs: Partial (online programs that do not require internships, clinicals or other field experiences)
Internships: Not Authorized

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: No online academic programs requiring field placement in West Virginia are authorized. Students in resident campus programs are not permitted to conduct any internships, field placements or clinicals in West Virginia. 

wisconsin

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student

Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

wyoming

Online Programs: Authorized
Internships: Authorized, organized by university or student
Regulated Professions Require Additional Authorization: Yes

Special Requirements: None

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