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State Authorization NC-SARA

Lewis-Clark State College delivers online educational programs and courses throughout Idaho and the United States. All LCSC programs have been approved by the Idaho State Board of Education.


Lewis-Clark State College applied for, and was approved, to operate under the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). LCSC adheres to an established common set of standards for offering post-secondary, online education among member states, districts, and territories. Participation in NC-SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. LCSC also works directly with states that are not NC-SARA members to ensure that when authorization or licensure is necessary, required approvals are secured.

While we do monitor the laws in each state, authorization of distance education is a dynamic environment and prospective students should check this site often for updates. It is the student's responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence.

For more information regarding the evolution or key attributes of SARA, please visit their website. 

NC-SARA Manual

SARA Unified Agreement

Approved SARA Institutions in Idaho

 Filing a Student Complaint

LCSC strives to resolve complaints in a fair and timely manner. Students residing inside and outside of the State of Idaho while attending LCSC who desire to resolve a complaint should first do so through the institution’s dispute resolution process. You can find more information about this process in the Student Grievance Policy. To file a complaint please use the form located on the Student Affairs Website.

If a SARA student is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process or if the issue is not resolved by the LCSC’s internal processes, you may choose to file an appeal with the university’s portal agent or with their home state’s portal agent. Any SARA student wishing to file a grievance may contact the State Portal Entity Contact for their home state, or that of the institution. California students have a separate state complaint process you can find here.

Professional Licensure Disclosures

For each licensure program (below), there is a list of all states for which LC State:

  • Has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification,
  • Has determined that its curriculum does not meet the state educational requirements for licensure or certification
  • Has not made a determination that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification


Teacher Education

Social Work

Medical Assistant

Radiographic Science