State Regulations

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Cincinnati Online Nursing State Regulations

As a result of state boards of nursing and the Department of Education Higher Education regulation changes, the University of Cincinnati’s Cincinnati Online College of Nursing will no longer be accepting applications for our distance learning programs from students residing in the following states:

  • Massachusetts and New York (effective as of June 25, 2012)
  • Louisiana (Nurse-Midwifery Distance Learning program only, effective as of Oct. 17, 2012; all other Master of Science in Nursing Distance Learning programs effective as of Feb. 26, 2014)
  • Oregon (effective as of Dec. 18, 2012)
  • Tennessee and District of Columbia (effective as of May 9, 2013)


Additional State Information

Ohio/Kentucky County Restrictions for Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Distance Learning Program

The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing will be restricting admission applications for local students in our Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPC-DL) Distance Learning Program. Effective March 1, 2015, we will no longer accept distance learning admission applications for the 2015 Summer term and beyond in AGPC from the following counties: Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont in Ohio, and Boone, Kenton and Campbell in Kentucky. The decision to restrict admissions was in response to increased local competition for preceptors and viable regional clinical sites in primary care. Students who reside in the above counties are encouraged to apply to our onsite programs. Please refer to our website for additional information related to residential program opportunities and respective application deadlines at


The University of Cincinnati is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in the state of Washington for Adult­ Gerontology Primary Care, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate, Nurse Midwifery, Psychiatric Mental Health NP post-Master’s certificate and Women’s Health NP programs.


Every state has authority to regulate institutions offering education within the state’s boundaries, including online/distance learning. The need for an institution to seek state authorization for distance learning depends on a combination of the state’s laws and the activities that the program/institution is conducting in that state. Review the Key Considerations regarding state authorization for online programs.

The University of Cincinnati has been approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) initiative. Participation in SARA provides the University with reciprocity to offer online/distance learning programs to residents of other SARA states (except where noted below). Additional information regarding SARA can be found at NC-SARA.

For specific information regarding state authorization or to find out which University of Cincinnati online programs are available in your state, visit the Distance Learning & Outreach State Authorization page.