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State regulations require legal authorization for post-secondary institutions to offer distance education degrees, certificates, and courses, to students who live outside the institution's home state. This may also include internships and clinical placements.

Online Classes/Programs

Anne Arundel Community College is an approved institutional member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Participation in SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. For more information about SARA, including the states currently participating in the agreement, visit

In addition to SARA member states, AACC is currently authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval in all states not currently participating in SARA. Therefore, at this time, AACC is able to accept students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.*

Note: The Veterans Counseling Certificate requires completion of a practicum in Maryland, or with permission, one of the following states/territories: Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.



AACC is not able to offer the opportunity to participate in internships in the following states:

  • Colorado
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts

In addition, the following states have stipulations on being able to offer internships in their state:

  • New Jersey - student-supervisor relationship one-on-one basis (no group reviews)
  • North Carolina - only internships for non-licensed professions are okay

For more information on internship opportunities at AACC, please visit ­

Professional Licensure and Certifications

Some programs of study are designed to meet requirements for professional licensure or certification in the state of Maryland. If you plan to apply for licensure or certification in a state other than Maryland, contact that state's licensing board to determine whether the AACC program of study, and required courses, meet the requirements for licensure or certification in that state.  If you need assistance finding contact information for your state, or if you need additional information regarding professional licensure or certification, please contact the academic school that is responsible for that program. 

Clinical Placemements

Currently, AACC will allow clinical placements in the following states: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia; and the District of Columbia.

Please contact Health Sciences at 410-777-7310 for more information.

Additional Information:

Anne Arundel Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Complaint procedures may be found on the Consumer Information page at

Attention Residents of the following states:

(Some states require that institutions authorized to operate in their state provide the following statements.)

Alaska: Anne Arundel Community College's programs are exempt from authorization under AS 14.48 and 20 AAC 17 because the programs are online and do not have a physical presence in Alaska.

Georgia: complaint process may be found at

Minnesota: "Anne Arundel Community College is registered as a Private Institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions."

Texas: Anne Arundel Community College is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code.

Utah: complaint process may be found at

*State laws regarding distance education vary by state; consequently, compliance with state authorization requirements is an ongoing process and subject to change.