State regulations require legal authorization for post-secondary institutions to offer distance education degrees, certificates, courses as well as other activities or other operations to students who are located outside the institution's home state.

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Prince George’s Community College is an approved institutional member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Participation in NC-SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. With the exception of California, all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are NC-SARA member states. For more information about NC-SARA, including the states currently participating in the agreement, visit Prince George’s Community College is offering distance education in compliance with the laws of all other states.

Therefore, at this time, Prince George’s Community College is able to accept students from all states except California. We are also able to accept students from the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Clinical Placements

Currently, Prince George's Community College has affiliation agreements for clinical placements in the following states: Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Please contact the Health, Wellness, and Hospitality Division at for more information.

Professional Licensure and Certifications

Professional licensure is a process of state or other governmental entities that establish standards of practice and give legal permission to practice a profession by providing licenses or certifications to individuals who meet those standards. Requirements for professional licensure in fields, such as accounting, education, and nursing, and many others, vary from state to state. Certain credit and noncredit programs offered by the college are designed to meet licensure or certification requirements in the state of Maryland and may not meet requirements from other states. 

Laws regarding distance education and professional licensure requirements vary by state; consequently, compliance with state authorization and professional licensure requirements is an ongoing process and subject to change. We encourage you to contact that state's licensing board to determine whether the Prince George’s Community College program of study, and required courses, meet the requirements for licensure or certification in that state. For additional information, review the Licensure or Certification web page

Questions regarding State Authorization should be directed to the Office of the Provost at 301-546-0406.

Prince George’s Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Student complaint procedures for out-of-state students may be found on the Student Grievance Process for Out-of-State Students web page.

Students who are residents of Maryland should use the Student Complaint Form.