State Authorization

Postsecondary institutions that offer distance education across state lines must comply with the laws and regulations of each state outside of South Dakota. Presentation College has been a member of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) since 2015, which centralizes the authorization process. NC-SARA allows member states to deliver distance education in other member states in accordance with membership policies. In addition to state authorization, state professional licensing boards often require that additional requirements be met before a student may become licensed in that state.

State Authorization affects all students who enroll in distance education courses or programs at Presentation College from outside the state of South Dakota. This includes online courses and programs, but also includes field experiences, practicums, internships, clinical experiences, etc.

Disclosure Statements

Federal Register Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, Vol. 81 No. 243 34 CFR Parts 600 and 668 Program Integrity and Improvement; Proposed Rules outline new rules requiring educational institutions to disclose specific information related to distance education and correspondence programs.

Presentation College is committed to operating in compliance with state authorization regulations for distance education. The link to the map below identifies PC’s authorization status for each individual state or U.S. Territory through membership with the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA).


NC-SARA Member States

Please Note: As of July 2019 all states are NC-SARA members except CA.
Presentation College is exempt per California 94858 (confirmed April 2018).

Prospective students who live in a U.S. Territory (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands) or in another country must contact the Compliance and Assessment Office

Complaint Processes

Presentation College provides an opportunity for students to submit non-academic and academic complaints. The policy, process, and procedures for submitting complaints is outlined in the 2018-2019 Catalog (p. 58-60).

State Complaint Processes and Contacts
Students should first follow Presentation College’s process to resolve a complaint. If further consideration is necessary to come to a resolution, complaints may also be submitted to the South Dakota NC-SARA portal agency at:

306 East Capitol Ave, Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501
phone: 605-773-3455

Or the appropriate state agency for the student’s resident state.
The contact information for each state is subject to change.

Accrediting Agencies

Presentation College is an accredited member of the Higher Learning Commission. You will find information about the College’s institutional and programmatic accreditation at:

Programs Leading to Professional Licensure

Some degree programs at Presentation College have been designed to meet the licensure requirements in South Dakota. Licensure boards in each state determine the requirements for licensure in their state. Distance students planning to practice in a state other than South Dakota should be aware of the unique requirements for that state. Presentation College cannot guarantee determination of the applicability of program coursework to satisfy licensing requirements outside of South Dakota. Additionally, state laws, regulations, and policies are subject to change at any time. For these reasons, prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director for the major to which they are applying or transferring, prior to beginning coursework that would potentially lead to licensure to discuss the licensure requirements for the intended state of residence.

Identified online programs leading to licensure (as of June 2018):

            BSN COMPLETION (LPN-to-BSN)


Refund Policies

Presentation College follows the refund policy published in the college catalog. Please see the 2018-2019 Catalog  for additional information

Presentation College has been approved by South Dakota to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.