Arkansas Tech Online Policies


If you do not meet the requirements for unconditional admittance or if you need further details on any of the information below, email the Office of Admissions at You may also reach us by phone at (800) 582-6953 or (479) 968-0343. Unofficial documents can be faxed to (479) 964-0522. All final admission documents should be mailed to:

Arkansas Tech University
Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment
1605 Coliseum Drive, Suite 141
Russellville, AR 72801-2222

Arkansas Tech Admissions Requirements

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

As of August 11, 2015, Arkansas Tech University is a participant in the SARA initiative, which is a state-level reciprocity process aimed at making the effort to obtain state authorizations more efficient for institutions.  It also makes it easier for students to enroll in distance education programs outside of the state in which they reside.  Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide education to students from all SARA member states.  States and institutions that choose to become members of SARA operate under a set of policies and standards (C-RAC Guidelines) that are overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and administered by four regional higher education compacts.  For more information about the SARA initiative and the progress of state and institutional membership, please visit

C-RAC Guidelines

Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education, as published by the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (2011).

Student Issues and Appeals

Please refer to the Arkansas Tech University Student Handbook.

For complaints regarding online courses and procedures please refer to this document.

Student Non-Academic Issues and Appeals

Submit a written request with supporting documentation to

State Restrictions

Students wishing to enroll in our Nursing program who reside in Arizona, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, South Dakota or Tennessee need to contact their state board for requirements:

Arizona State Board of Nursing:  (602) 771-7800
Georgia Board of Nursing:  (478) 207-2440
Maryland Board of Nursing: (888) 202-9861 or (410) 585-1900
Minnesota Nursing Board:  (612) 317-3000
South Dakota Board of Nursing: (605) 362-2760
Tennessee Board of Nursing:  (615) 532-5166

Students wishing to enroll in our Education program who reside in Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, NebraskaNevada or Texas need to contact their state board for requirements:

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Educational Effectiveness:  (866) 772-8922 or (410) 333-6442
Minnesota Department of Education, Educator Licensing Division:  (651) 582-8415
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Educator Certification: (573) 751-0051
Nebraska Department of Education, Teacher Certification Division: (402) 471-0739
Nevada Department of Education, Office of Educator Licensure:
    Clark, Lincoln or Nye Counties: (702)486-6458
    All other counties:  (775) 687-5980
Texas Education Agency: (512) 463-9734

Due to other states' current regulations, Arkansas Tech is not currently providing online courses or instruction to students in the states listed below. If you reside in one of these states, you are not permitted to enroll in or be admitted to an Arkansas Tech online program or course at this time. Please contact your state's higher education regulation authorities for more details.

No States

North Carolina

Note: As licensure requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for licensure in his/her state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program.

Note to Alabama Students:

Teacher: State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama's test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s).

Nursing: State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offereing a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice.

Note to Ohio Students:

Teacher: Ohio procedures are routinely updated concerning their educational degree policies.  Please call the Ohio Department of Education at 877-644-6338 for their current requirements.