National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

State Authorization for Online Education

All U.S. states require postsecondary educational institutions to be legally authorized to provide postsecondary educational instruction in their states. Hinds Community College wants to provide online education programs and courses to students in all states and territories. To facilitate this endeavor for out-of-state students, Hinds community College participates in “the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary online education courses and programs.

Professional Licensure

Requirements for licensure vary from one profession to another and from state to state. 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 HCC. While it is the student’s responsibility to contact the appropriate licensing board in his or her home state to confirm whether or not the HCC program will meet the state’s licensure requirements, HCC will make attempts to contact students who are residing out of state while enrolled in licensure programs to prompt them to check their state’s requirements.

Professional Licensure Disclosures

General Disclosures
  • For each program, Hinds Community College offers, a list of links to the professional licensing board that regulates associated professions has been compiled.
  • A specific email address for questions regarding professional licensure has been created and is available for student’s questions: stateauthorization@hindscc.edu 
  • Students are made aware of which category (Does Not Meet, Does Meet, Has Not Made a Determination) their program of study falls.
  • For programs identified as Has Not Made a Determination, Hinds Community College provides contact information for any applicable licensing boards.
Direct Disclosures
  • Hinds Community College directly discloses information to each student BEFORE the student enrolls in a program. We have added this to our online application
  • The records office directly emails all out-of-state students identified via our student information system. These emails go out on Mondays during registration for every term to ensure that the student gets the information before classes start.
Documentation
  • Student location is determined as disclosed by the student during the application process into the college and is stored within our Student Information System. Relocation, as provided by the student, is also recorded into this system.
  • Hinds Community College has currently compiled a comprehensive list of programs and has a list of links to the professional licensing boards that regulate associated professions. Currently, the eLearning Department handles these disclosures. To compile this list, the eLearning Department has worked with Deans and VPs to create and maintain an up-to-date listing.
  • Documentation of students’ locations and notifications made to these students will be retained for compliance defense.
Professional Licensure Disclosures

Students who are in programs that could lead to professional licensure and whose location has been reported to the college as being out of the State of Mississippi will be notified via email with reference to the following webpage on the college’s website and with an attached document listing the applicable programs and known licensure information.

Certificates & Licensures

Program Credentialling Agency
Accounting For students planning to seek licensure, please visit National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
Accounting Technology Office Proficiency Assessment and Certification
Administrative Office Technology Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Agribusiness Management Technology Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Animal Science Technology – Beef Option Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Animal Science Technology – Poultry Option Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Animation and Simulation Design Technology Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Automotive Machinist Technology Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Automotive Technology Automotive Service Excellence
Aviation Maintenance Technology Federal Aviation Administration
Banking and Finance Technology Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Barber/Stylist MS Barber Board
Barber/Stylist Instructor MS Barber Board
Biomedical Engineering Technology Certified Electronic Technician
Business Management Technology Office Proficiency Assessment and Certification
Clothing and Fashion Design Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Collision Repair Technology ASE
Commercial Truck Driving Mississippi Commercial Driver’s License and Mississippi Dept of Public Safety
Computer Networking Technology Certified Internet Webmaster and Cisco Certified Technician
Computer Programming Technology Certified Internet Webmaster and Certified Associate in Python Programming
Cosmetology MS State Board of Cosmetology
Counseling For students planning to seek licensure in Counseling, please visit Counseling Degree Guide
Culinary Arts Technology American Culinary Federation
Cyber Security Technology CompTIA Security + (CTE2001)
Dental Assisting Technology Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.
Dentistry For students planning to seek licensure in Dentistry, please visit American Dental Association
Diagnostic Medical Sonography American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
Diesel Equipment Technology Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Dietetics For students planning to seek licensure in Dietetics, please visit Eat Right Pro
Early Childhood Development Technology Pre-Professional Assessment and Certification
Education Elementary Education, Secondary Education
Electrical Technology National Occupational Competency Testing Institute
Electronics Technology Electronic Technicians Assoc, Basic Systems Technician
Emergency Medical Sciences – Paramedic National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Engineering, Drafting, and Design Technology AutoCAD Certified User
Entertainment Industry Mechanics Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Fashion Merchandising (program closed) Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Film and Video Technology Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Graphic Design Technology Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Health Care Assistant Credentia
Health Information Technology American Health Information Management Association
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation For students planning to seek licensure, please visit Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology North American Technician Excellence
Hotel and Restaurant Management Technology ServeSafe Manager Certification
Interior Design For students planning to seek licensure in Interior Design, please visit Council for Interior Design Qualification
Interpreter Training Technology Mississippi State Interpreter Quality Assurance Exam
Interpreting and Transliterating For students planning to seek licensure in Interpreting and Transliterating, please visit Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Lawyer For students planning to seek licensure as a Lawyer, please visit Lawyer EDU
Marketing Management Technology Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Meat Merchandising Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Medical Data Technology Office Proficiency Assessment and Certification
Medical Doctor For students planning to seek licensure as a Medical Doctor, please visit Nomad Health
Medical Laboratory Technology American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification
Medical Physics For students planning to seek licensure in Medical Physics, please visit American Board of Medical Physics
Nursing For students planning to seek licensure in Nursing, please visit Nursing License Map
Occupational Therapy For students planning to seek licensure in Occupational Therapy, please visit Occupational Therapy License
Paralegal For students planning to seek licensure as a Paralegal, please visit Paralegal EDU
Paralegal Technology Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Pharmacist For students planning to seek licensure as a Pharmacist, please visit Harbor Compliance
Physical Therapist Assistant Technology Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy For students planning to seek licensure in Physical Therapy, please visit Occupational Therapy License
Plumbing and Construction Technology National Center for Construction Education & Research
Practical Nursing Mississippi Board of Nursing *if applying for licensure in Mississippi; if applying for licensure in another state, contact the Board of Nursing in the state you wish to apply for licensure
Professional Engineer For students planning to seek licensure as a Professional Engineer, please visit PE Exam Coach
Psychology For students planning to seek licensure in Psychology, please visit Psychology Degree 411
Radio/Television Production & Broadcasting Technology Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Radiologic Technology American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification
Real Estate Technology Mississippi Real Estate Commission
Registered Nursing (RN) Mississippi Board of Nursing *if applying for licensure in Mississippi; if applying for licensure in another state, contact the Board of Nursing in the state you wish to apply for licensure
Respiratory Care Technology The National Board for Respiratory Care
Social Work For students planning to seek licensure in Social Work, please visit Social Work Guide
Speech-Language Pathology For students planning to seek licensure in Speech-Language Pathology, please visit Speech Pathology Graduate Programs
Surgical Technology National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
Teaching Certification For students planning to seek licensure for a Teaching Certification, please visit Teach.com
Telecommunications Technology Certified Electronic Technician
Therapeutic Recreation For students planning to seek licensure in Therapeutic Recreation, please visit American Therapeutic Recreation Association
Travel and Tourism Management Technology Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System
Veterinarian For students planning to seek licensure as a Veterinarian, please visit Relief Rover
Veterinary Technology American Veterinary Medical Association
Welding and Cutting Technology America Welding Society

Student Complaint and Grievance Procedures

Hinds Community College values high quality in the delivery of academic and administrative services to all students. If a student feels that the treatment he or she has received is not consistent with expectations based upon the College’s official documents, such as the Catalog or the Student Guide, the student is required to express his or her complaints in a manner that will provide documentation for a timely response and resolution. Full detail of the process begins on page 35 of the Student Handbook.