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State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Alcorn State University is an institutional participant in SARA. As such, Alcorn State University can offer distance education both online and through out-of-state supervised experiences. Alcorn State University seeks to resolve concerns and complaints in a fair and prompt manner. After having exhausted your institutional remedies (please see student complaint portal and student complaint section on the Provost Guidance page), a student taking distance education courses from a state outside of Mississippi may file a complaint with the SARA portal agent with all matters other than conduct and grade related complaints.

In the unlikely event that a complaint cannot be resolved through the Alcorn State University Complaint process, students may file a complaint with the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation using the MCCA Student Complaint Form (http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca/downloads/mccastudentcomplaintform.pdf) within two years of the incident. If the complaint is outside of MCCA’s jurisdiction, it may be directed to another agency that is authorized to address the concerns, if appropriate. Note: This process is not applicable for matters related to student grades or discipline/conduct matters.

Students may also send concerns to Alcorn State University’s regional accrediting agency, SACSCOC in the unlikely event a complaint is not resolved after all university avenues have been exhausted.

Professional Licensure

SARA approval does not extend to programs that lead to professional licensure. If you live outside the state of Mississippi and are considering a program that leads to licensure, then you should contact the appropriate licensing board in your home state before you apply to Alcorn State University. While every attempt is made to stay abreast of the laws in each state, it is the student's responsibility to contact the appropriate licensing board in his or her home state to confirm whether or not the Alcorn State University program will meet the state's licensure requirements.

Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP)

Upon completion of the program of study, graduates are eligible to write a national certification examination for Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP). The program of study is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters (including one summer) and 44 semester hours of full-time continuous study.

Nurse Educator (NE)

Upon completion of the program of study, graduates are eligible to write a national certification examination for Nurse Educators (CNE). The program of study is designed to be completed in four (4) semesters (including one summer) and 35 semester hours of full-time continuous study.

Post-Master’s Certificate

The Post-Master’s Certificate option is a special studies program for Master’s prepared nurses pursuing certification in a specialty area or seeking a program of study that may lead to a change in role (e.g., a CNS seeking an FNP specialty certificate). Alcorn offers Post-Master’s Certificate options for specialized study as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Nurse Educator (NE). Upon completion of the program of study, applicants are eligible to write a national certification examination.


Contact Information

Mississippi Board of Nursing
https://www.msbn.ms.gov/

National Accreditation Sites

Schools of Nursing in Mississippi are not regulated by the Mississippi Board of Nursing. They are regulated by Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
https://www.acenursing.org/acen-home/

Institutions of Higher Learning
http://www.mississippi.edu/nursing/

Contact

Office of Academic Affairs
Alcorn State University
1000 ASU Drive #569
Lorman, MS 39096-7500

Mr. Marcus D. Ward '00
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Executive Director, Alcorn State University Foundation, Inc.

Phone: 601-877-6296
Email: