Online Programs: State Authorization Information

 



Berkeley College is approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), the New York State Education Department, and the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education to offer online education programs under the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (“SARA”). Colleges and universities that are SARA members may provide online education to residents in all SARA member states. For a current list of SARA member states and to learn more about SARA, visit http://nc-sara.org/. California and Massachusetts are not members of SARA. Residents of these states should contact an Admissions counselor for more information prior to applying.

 

Professional Licensure

Berkeley College cannot confirm or guarantee that its courses or programs will meet the requirements for professional licensure in the applicant’s state of residence. Applicants seeking professional licensure in a particular field should contact the appropriate national or state board to determine whether the program meets the requirements for licensure. Applicants for whom such requirements may be matters of concern are also strongly advised to contact an Admissions counselor prior to enrollment.

Accounting

Graduates of Berkeley College Accounting degree programs do not automatically become Certified Public Accountants (CPA), and such programs are not specifically intended to prepare graduates for the CPA examination. CPA requirements vary by jurisdiction. Generally, to be licensed as a CPA an applicant must complete a combination of specified educational and/or experience requirements, demonstrate good moral character (which may include an absence of criminal convictions), and pass a CPA examination. Applicants seeking professional licensure in the field of Accounting should contact the appropriate state board to determine whether the program meets the requirements for licensure. See the Boards of Accountancy by State document for licensing board contact information.

Financial Services

Berkeley College's Financial Services degree programs do not qualify students to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Examination. Generally, candidates for such certification or registration need to complete a combination of specified educational programs registered with the CFP Board of Standards, Inc. and/or experience requirements, demonstrate good moral character (which may include an absence of criminal convictions), and pass a licensing examination. Certified Financial Planners are regulated by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Applicants seeking a CFP credential should contact the Certified Financial Planner Board for more information: http://www.cfp.net/.

Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding (A.A.S. Program)

Graduates of the Medical Insurance Billing and Coding (MIBC) degree program are required to participate in the Certified Coding Associate examination (CCA) through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or the Certified Professional Coder examination (CPC) through AAPC — both are nationally accepted standards of achievement in the coding field. (If you have already completed the MIBC Certificate program at the college, Berkeley will apply all 11 courses from the MIBC certificate to the Medical Insurance Billing and Coding degree program.) The degree program covers both facility (inpatient) and professional (outpatient) coding. Both the AAPC and AHIMA recommend an Associate’s degree prior to sitting for the CCA and CPC certification examinations. For certain medical billing and coding jobs, an Associate’s degree is highly desirable, and may be required. For more information, visit http://www.ahima.org/certification and http://www.aapc.com/certification/cpc.


Online Student Complaint Process

Students enrolled in Berkeley College Online® must first direct their complaint to Berkeley College for investigation and resolution. See the Student Complaint Process page for details. If the complaint remains unresolved after all institutional procedures have been exhausted, complaints may be directed to the applicable SARA State Portal Entity. Students have two years of the incident about which the complaint is made to appeal to the applicable SARA State Portal Entity. Complaints regarding grade appeals or conduct are exclusively subject to Berkeley College procedures and will not be addressed by the State Portal Entity.

New York Programs: SARA State Portal Entity

Attn: Supervisor, Higher Education Programs
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234
(518)-474-1551
IHEauthorize@nysed.gov

For more information see http://www.nysed.gov/higher-ed-authorization/state-authorization-reciprocity-agreement-sara

New Jersey Programs: SARA State Portal Entity

Attn: Director, Office of Licensure
New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education
20 W. State Street, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 542 Trenton, NJ 08625
(609)-984-3738
Eric.taylor@oshe.nj.gov

For more information see http://www.state.nj.us/highereducation/SARA.shtml and http://www.state.nj.us/highereducation/OSHEComplaintInstructions.shtml.

Non-SARA States

California

Due to state regulation of distance education, Berkeley College cannot accept residents of California into its online courses or education programs.

Massachusetts

Due to state regulation of distance education, Berkeley College cannot accept residents of Massachusetts into its online courses or education programs.

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