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Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations for the School of Health Professions

Distance Learning/State Authorizations
The School of Health Professions at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences offers online and distance learning opportunities for students across the country, with an emphasis on Allied Health.  SHP has designed and implemented online undergraduate and graduate programs that parallel the classroom experience, providing academic and financial provisions that allow participants to feel supported and prepared for what is next.  The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) was amended to include State Authorization which specifically targets distance and online learners.  Recently, State Authorization regulations have impacted SHP’s ability to offer admission to fully-qualified candidates for our programs due to each state’s regulations.  The specific portion of HEA §600.9 State authorization is posted below.

If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering postsecondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State's approval upon request. (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002)

Current Distance Education and Clinical Status
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey School of Health Professions is authorized or exempted from authorization in the green states on the map below for all distance programs, unless otherwise noted . The red states indicate that we are seeking authorization and will keep updating as we get more information.  For the states that are green with an astrisk (*), Rutgers SHP is authorized or exempted from distance education only; we are not permitted to host clinical experiences in those states but are actively seeing authorization.

Map Statue Authorization

*Residents of DC, GA, Guam, IA, KY, ME, NV, NH, NM, NY++, NC, OH, Puerto Rico, RI, TN, WA, and WV+ must complete clinicals in the Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition, Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science, Master of Science in Radiology Assistant, Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management, and the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics programs in a (green) state without an astrisk.

MD MD has specific rules regarding clinical education and many not be available depending on semester/program; please check with your program director.

NY ++ in NY, SHP has clinical placement authorization for the following programs: Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition, Doctor of Physical Therapy (Newark and Stratford), Master of Science in Physician Assistant, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietetic Internship, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences concentration in Coordinated Dietetics, & Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science. All non-clinical distance programs are authorized.

WV + in WV, SHP has authorization for the following programs: Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition, Master of Science in Radiologist Assistant, Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management, Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Imaging Modalities, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences concentration in Coordinated Dietetics, & Certificate in Radiologic Imagining Modalities.

Important Note for Current and Prospective Students: In-person and distance education programs in health professions may require additional approval from licensing boards overseeing the respective disciplines in the state where the students seek to train and/or practice. Students that reside outside the state of New Jersey, or who seek to work outside the state of New Jersey, who are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate Board in their state of residency(or the state in which they plan to practice) prior to beginning a course of study. Rutgers School of Health Profession cannot confirm whether the course(s) or program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student’s current or future state of residence and/or practice.

Complaint Resolution
SHP strives to provide the highest quality distance learning opportunities. However, if a conflict does arise, our efforts are meant to resolve your grievances, complaints, and concerns in an expeditious, fair, and amicable manner. If an issue cannot be resolved by SHP’s internal processes, you may choose to file a complaint with your state of residence. Click here  to see the complaint process for each state.

To file a complaint, please email

University Accreditation
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is authorized by the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education, P.O. Box 542, Trenton, NJ 08625.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is a member of the Association of American Universities, a prestigious body of 62 public and private research institutions.

Rutgers is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), a voluntary, nongovernmental, peer-based membership association dedicated to promoting standards of excellence and improvement in higher education.

*Specific content used with permission from Ohio University, eLearning OHIO
*Content subject to change. Updated: March 7, 2017


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