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Cowley College has obtained exemption or authorization for all of our online programs in all 50 states and three territories.

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 distance or correspondence education in that State.

Cowley College has been accepted as an institutional participant in the SARA initiative through the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR).

Kansas was approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) on November 16, 2014, to join the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA).

Cowley College has also been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

NC SARA Seal“SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offerings of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.”

Cowley College’s online courses and programs are available to students in all SARA states. If the program includes internships, field experiences, student teaching, and/or clinical placements, please check with the Program Director.


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Complaint Process

If you are a student in an online program and you have concerns and/or complaints, please contact your advisor first.

Cowley College is dedicated to providing the best possible student experience. When an issues is brought to our attention, we will intervene in the matter to seek resolution.  Most complaints can be resolved utilizing the internal process available.

Student rights and expectations are described in the Student Code of Conduct. The Executive Director of Student affairs and Vice President of Academic Affairs investigates the nature of complaints confidentially and impartially in order to achieve equitable settlements, connecting students to the appropriate party for issue resolution.

Programs may have their own student codes of conduct and complaint processes as defined by the department.

If the student (all states except MA and CA) has exhausted all possible avenues for complaints, at the institution, they may contact the Kansas Board of Regents Complaint Process. If the student is from California, please contact the Department of Consumer Affairs - Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.


In compliance with U.S. Department of Education regulations, Cowley College provides information pertaining to professional licensure and certification for all relevant programs.

Professional Licensure Requirements May Vary State to State

Cowley College offers a number of programs that lead to professional licensure or certification within the State of Kansas as well as, potentially, other states. States vary in what professions they require to be licensed and how licensure or certification functions. Some states require individuals to graduate from an approved program. Others require individuals to meet the requirements of a national organization. Specific amounts of training may also be required as well as passage of an exam based on a state requisite exam score. Additionally, certain licensed professionals may be required to complete continuing education annually to maintain licensure or certification.


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Disclosures Based on Student Location

The U.S. Department of Education requires direct disclosures of professional licensure or certification information to students based on their locations. Cowley College identifies the location of its students based on information provided by students during the registration process identifying students’ physical locations or upon relocation.

Relocating to another state prior to completing a program may affect state licensure requirements. Prior to considering relocation, students are advised to contact their programs to discuss licensure and certification eligibility requirements. Following relocation, students must update their addresses at the Cowley College Student Request for Change of Information form. Cowley College will not consider a student to have relocated until it has received this completed form.

What All Students in Licensure Programs Should Do

Prior to enrolling in any program at Cowley College, prospective students living and/or working outside of the United States should confirm with the appropriate licensing or certifying agency whether successful completion of any program at Cowley College will meet the credentialing requirements of the country in which they intend to seek employment.

Students should review the specific academic requirements for the program in which they are enrolling, including those related to practicum/internships as well as pre-qualifications for licensure, such as the need for a criminal background check.

Cowley College strongly recommends that students contact the applicable licensure board(s) in their state of residence or in the state where they intend to obtain a license before beginning an academic program that results in licensure or certification and prior to beginning any practicum/internship.

Many licensing and certifying boards require more than successful degree completion to obtain a license or certification. Please be advised that state laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time, which can impact the program's ability to meet educational requirements for licensure or certification.

Professional Licensure Requirements For Technical and Health Programs Offered By Cowley College

Cowley College Programs that customarily lead to Licensure or Certification:

  • Allied Health-Certified Nurse Aide/Certified Medication Aide
  • Automotive Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Electromechanical Maintenance
  • EMT/Paramedic
  • Fire Science
  • Information Systems Technology
  • Machine and Tool Technology
  • Medical Coding
  • Milling Technician
  • NonDestructive Testing
  • Phlebotomy
  • Welding Technology

Allied Health

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

  • Kansas requires a state-recognized certification after completing a 90 Hr. CNA program and take the state exam.
  • Oklahoma requires a state-recognized certification, can obtain reciprocity from KS via application, and a valid active KS CNA certificate.
  • Arkansas requires a state-recognized certification, can obtain reciprocity from KS via application, a valid active KS CNA certificate, and take the AR state CNA exam.

Certified Medication Aide (CMA)

  • Kansas requires a state-recognized certification, having an active CNA certification, completing a 75 Hr. CMA program, and taking the state exam. Must be 18 years of age.
  • Oklahoma no reciprocity as CMA.
  • Arkansas no reciprocity as CMA.

Automotive Technology

Nationally recognized certifications.

Construction Technology

Nationally recognized certifications.


Kansas Upon successfully completing 1500 clock hours of coursework, students are eligible to take the Kansas State Board of Cosmetology (KBOC) licensing assessment.  Once they pass the KBOC State exams (written theory & written practical), with a score of 75% or higher, students are qualified to work in a salon.

Electromechanical Maintenance

Nationally recognized certifications.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)/Paramedic (EMT-P)

Kansas requires National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification for initial certification, member of The EMS Compact The Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate CompAct (REPLICA).

Oklahoma requires National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification and apply for reciprocity, may be required to take an ET practical exam to verify their intubation skills.

Arkansas requires National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification and apply for reciprocity.

Missouri requires National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification, member of The EMS Compact The Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate CompAct (REPLICA).

Fire Science

Nationally recognized certifications.

Information Systems Technology

Nationally recognized certifications.

Machine and Tool Technology

Nationally recognized certifications.

Medical Coding

Nationally recognized certifications

NonDestructive Testing

Nationally recognized certifications.


Nationally recognized certifications.

Welding Technology

Nationally recognized certifications.

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