Accreditation » State Authorization and Licensure

University of Saint Francis (USF) is a private not-for-profit Catholic institution located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  USF is authorized by name by the State of Indiana.  USF seeks authorization or exemption, as applicable, in U.S. states and territories in compliance with federal and state regulations that govern the offering of online programs. USF is in a continuous process to monitor regulations in states and territories in which it offers programs and courses. Regulations vary by state. Please review regulatory information and professional licensing requirements in your state of residence.

For specific information regarding state authorization, approval, licensure or exemption, contact Gwen Hefty or Dr. Marcia Sauter in the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

 *Updated 7/9/2014

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Arizona 

USF is not required to be licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education because the university has no physical presence in Arizona.

State of Arizona Exemption

California 

USF is not required to be licensed by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education because the university has no physical presence in California.

Colorado 

USF is not required to be licensed by the Colorado Department of Higher Education because the university has no physical presence in Colorado.

State of Colorado Exemption

Connecticut

USF is not required to be authorized by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education because the university has no physical presence in Connecticut.

Connecticut Exemption

District of Columbia

USF is not required to seek licensure from the D.C. Education Licensure Commission for the university's hybrid or purely online distance education programs (Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration Completion, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability, Master of Environmental Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Studio Art, Associate of Liberal Studies).

USF will be required to apply for a conditional exemption from licensure before any student completes experiential learning activities in D.C. or if the university offers distance education programs with a physical presence in D.C. (RN-BSN, Master of Science in Education (Special Education)).

D.C. Exemption

Florida

USF is not required to seek authorization from the Florida Commission for Independent Education because the university has no physical presence in Florida.

Florida Exemption

Georgia

USF is not required to seek authorization from the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission for the period of 9/1/2013 through 8/31/2014 because the university engages in none of the activities that trigger authorization as determined by the Commission.

State of Georgia Exemption

Idaho

USF is not required to be licensed by the Idaho State Board of Education because the university has no physical presence in Idaho.

Illinois 

USF is not required to request approval to operate in Illinois because the university meets the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s description of an Institution with Limited Physical Presence.

State of Illinois Exemption

Iowa

USF has submitted a regulatory compliance inquiry to the state.

Kansas 

USF is not required to apply for a Certificate of Approval from the Kansas Board of Regents for the period of 9/5/2012 through 9/4/2014.

Kentucky

USF is not required to seek licensure from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education for the university's hybrid or purely online distance education programs (Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration Completion, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability, Master of Environmental Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Studio Art, Associate of Liberal Studies).

USF will be required to seek licensure before any student completes experiential learning activities in Kentucky or if the university offers distance education programs with a physical presence in Kentucky (RN-BSN, Master of Science in Education (Special Education)).

Louisiana

USF is not required to seek licensure from the Louisiana Board of Regents for the university's hybrid or purely online distance education programs (Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration Completion, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability, Master of Environmental Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Studio Art, Associate of Liberal Studies).

USF will be required to seek licensure before any student completes experiential learning activities in Louisiana or if the university offers distance education programs with a physical presence in Louisiana (RN-BSN, Master of Science in Education (Special Education)).

Maine

USF is not required to be authorized by the Maine Department of Education because the university has no physical presence in Maine.

Maryland

USF is in the process of compiling registration materials for the Maryland Higher Education Commission so that the university might begin to offer hybrid and purely online distance education programs in Maryland (Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration Completion, Master of Business Administration, Master of Environmental Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Studio Art, Associate of Liberal Studies).

USF will be required to apply for a certificate of approval before any student completes experiential learning activities in Maryland or if the university offers distance education programs with a physical presence in Maryland (RN-BSN, Master of Science in Education (Special Education)). 

Massachusetts

USF is not required to seek authorization from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education for our hybrid or purely online distance education programs (Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration Completion, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability, Master of Environmental Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Studio Art, Associate of Liberal Studies).

USF will be required to seek approval to operate in Massachusetts before any student completes experiential learning activities in Massachusetts or if the university offers distance education programs with a physical presence in Massachusetts (RN-BSN, Master of Science in Education (Special Education)).

Michigan

USF is not required to be licensed to provide online instruction to Michigan residents because the university has no physical presence in the State of Michigan.

Minnesota

USF is not currently registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.  USF will be required to register with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education before the university offers distance education programs or courses to residents of Minnesota.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education letter

Mississippi

USF is not required to be licensed by the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation because the university has no physical presence in Mississippi.

Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation letter

Missouri 

USF is not required to be licensed by the Missouri Department of Higher Education because the university has no physical presence in Missouri.

Montana

USF has submitted a regulatory compliance inquiry to the state.

Nebraska

USF is not required to be authorized by the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education because the university has no physical presence in Nebraska.

Nevada

USF is not required to be licensed by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education for the university's hybrid or purely online distance education programs (Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration Completion, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability, Master of Environmental Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Studio Art, Associate of Liberal Studies).

State of Nevada partial Exemption 

USF will be required to seek licensure before any student completes experiential learning activities in Nevada or if the university offers distance education programs with a physical presence in Nevada (RN-BSN, Master of Science in Education (Special Education)).

New Jersey

USF is not required to be licensed by the department of New Jersey Higher Education because the university has no physical presence in New Jersey.

New Mexico

USF is not required to seek licensure from the New Mexico Higher Education Department for our hybrid or purely online distance education programs (Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration Completion, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability, Master of Environmental Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Studio Art, Associate of Liberal Studies).

USF will be required to seek licensure before any student completes experiential learning activities in New Mexico or if the university offers distance education programs with a physical presence in New Mexico (RN-BSN, Master of Science in Education (Special Education)).

New York

USF is not required to seek permission to operate in New York for the following programs:  Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration Completion, Master of Science in Education (Special Education), RN-BSN, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability, Master of Environmental Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Studio Arts, Associate of Liberal Studies.

USF will be required to seek permission to operate in New York before the university offers hybrid or distance education programs with a physical presence in New York that lead to a different professional license (Master of Science in Nursing, RN-MSN).

2010 Nursing Memo New York State Education Department

North Carolina 

USF is not required to be licensed by the North Carolina Board of Governors for the university's hybrid or purely online distance education programs (Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration Completion, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability, Master of Environmental Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Studio Arts, Associate of Liberal Studies).

USF will be required to seek licensure before any student completes experiential learning activities in North Carolina or if the university offers distance education programs with a physical presence in North Carolina (RN-BSN, Master of Science in Education (Special Education)).

North Dakota 

USF submitted an exemption request to the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education on 12/4/2012.

Ohio 

USF is authorized to offer the online RN-BSN program in Ohio.  Our current authorization period is 1/9/2013 - 12/31/2016.

Ohio Board of Regents authorization

USF is not required to be authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents for the university's hybrid or purely online distance education programs (Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration Completion, Master of Science in Nursing, RN-MSN, Master of Arts in Studio Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability, Master of Environmental Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Associate of Liberal Studies).

USF is not required to be authorized for Ohio students enrolled in the university's Master of Science in Education (Special Education) programs provided that students do not complete any experiential learning activities (student teaching, practica) in the state of Ohio.  USF will be required to apply for MSEd program authorization before any student completes experiential learning activities in Ohio.

Oklahoma 

USF is not required to be authorized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education because the university has no physical presence in Oklahoma.

Oregon

USF is exempt from the authorization requirements of the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission for the university's hybrid or purely online distance education programs (Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration Completion, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability, Master of Environmental Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Studio Art, Associate of Liberal Studies).

USF will be required to seek authorization before any student completes experiential learning activities in Oregon or if the university offers distance education programs with a physical presence in Oregon (RN-BSN, Master of Science in Education (Special Education)).

State of Oregon exemption letter

Pennsylvania

USF is approved to offer distance education or conduct other activities in Pennsylvania for the period of 7/1/2013 through 6/30/2016.

State of Pennsylvania exemption

Rhode Island

USF is not required to be licensed by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education because the university has no physical presence in Rhode Island.

South Carolina 

USF is not required to seek authorization from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education for our hybrid or purely online distance education programs (Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration Completion, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability, Master of Environmental Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Studio Art, Associate of Liberal Studies).

USF has submitted a regulatory compliance inquiry to the state for our programs with experiential learning activities that may take place in South Carolina (Master of Science in Education (Special Education), RN-BSN, Master of Science in Nursing, RN-MSN).

South Dakota

USF is not required to seek authorization from the South Dakota Secretary of State for the university's hybrid or purely online distance education programs (Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration Completion, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability, Master of Environmental Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Studio Art, Associate of Liberal Studies).

Tennessee

USF is not required to be authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission because the university has no physical presence in Tennessee.

Texas 

USF is not required to be authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board unless we have a physical presence in Texas (i.e. when a student is preparing to begin a field experience at a clinical site).

USF is eligible for and will apply for the Certificate of Authorization so that students may complete experiential learning activities in Texas (RN-BSN, Master of Science in Education (Special Education), Master of Science in Nursing, RN-MSN). 

USF is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code. 

Utah

USF is exempt from registration requirements of the Utah Division of Consumer Protection.

State of Utah exemption

Vermont

USF is not required to be authorized by the Vermont Agency of Education because the university has no physical presence in Vermont.

State of Vermont exemption letter

Virginia 

USF is exempt from certification requirements of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia because the university has no physical presence in Virginia.

Washington 

USF is not required to seek authorization by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board for the university's hybrid or purely online distance education programs (Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration Completion, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability, Master of Environmental Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Studio Art, Associate of Liberal Studies).

USF will be required to seek authorization before any student completes experiential learning activities in Washington or if the university offers distance education programs with a physical presence in Washington (RN-BSN, Master of Science in Education (Special Education)).

Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board letter

West Virginia

USF has submitted a regulatory compliance inquiry to the state.

Wisconsin

USF is not currently approved by the Wisconsin Education Approval Board.  USF would be required to be approved by the Wisconsin Education Approval Board if the university offers distance education programs or courses to residents of Wisconsin.  The Wisconsin Education Approval Board has temporarily suspended its approving of out-of-state institutions that enroll Wisconsin residents in online programs.

USF is not required to seek licensure from the Louisiana Board of Regents for the university's hybrid or purely online distance education programs (Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration Completion, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Sustainability, Master of Environmental Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Studio Art, Associate of Liberal Studies).

USF will be required to seek licensure before any student completes experiential learning activities in Louisiana or if the university offers distance education programs with a physical presence in Louisiana (RN-BSN, Master of Science in Education (Special Education)).