State Authorization

State authorization is the legal directive that requires higher education institutions to be in compliance with the laws and regulations of each state where it conducts business. Each state has the authority to regulate educational activities that are delivered within and across its borders, including distance/online education.   Compliance with individual state requirements is now part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Amended 2010.  The act states that institutions offering distance education courses or programs must provide current and prospective students with the contact information for filing complaints with the college, its accrediting agency, and with the state agencies that handle complaints in the students’ state of residence. There can be significant consequences to institutions that are not in compliance with state authorization regulations, so Sandhills Community College takes this requirement very seriously.

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) provides a regional approach to oversight of distance education and streamlines the process for institutions to become compliant in other states for distance education. Membership in NC-SARA is voluntary. NC-SARA ensures students are afforded various consumer protection benefits as well as access to quality programs by establishing a set of guidelines to which member institutions must adhere. You can read more about NC-SARA here.  In December, 2017 Sandhills Community College was granted membership into NC-SARA. While membership in NC-SARA allows Sandhills to meet the basic state authorization requirements in other member states, we still must be compliant with professional licensing board requirements in other states.


To verify that Sandhills Community College is authorized to offer Distance Learning courses in your state, please visit the NC-SARA website. California is not part of NC-SARA. As an out-of-state public institution, SCC is not under the purview of the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education. SCC is in compliance with California regulations to offer online/distance learning programs to California residents.

Student Complaint Process for Online Courses

Students who wish to resolve a grievance should first follow Sandhill’s Student Grievance Procedure outlined in the current  college catalog.

Out-of-state students who wish to file a complaint with their home state should refer to the list of state agencies responsible for handling complaints.

Student Complaint Information by State and Agency

Contact for Student Conduct
DJ Farmer, Associate Vice President of Student Services
Phone: (910) 695-3714
Office: 123 Stone Hall

Contact for Student Academic
Julie Voigt, Dean of Instruction
Phone: (910) 695-3715
Office: 106 Stone Hall

NC Post-Secondary Education Complaint Procedures

If a complaint cannot be resolved through the institution’s complaint process, students may file a complaint with the North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints unit. Please review the NC Post-Secondary Education Student Complaint Policy (PDF), print and complete the NC Post-Secondary Education Complaint Form (PDF)and submit the complaint to:

North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Student Complaints
University of North Carolina System Office
910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688

Phone: (919) 962-4550
Website: North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints

SACSCOC Student Complaint Process

Sandhills Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. If a complaint directly related to specific compliance with the Principles of Accreditation is not satisfactorily resolved, students are able to file a complaint with SACSCOC.

Students should follow the SACSCOC Complaint Procedure.

1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
Telephone: 404-679-4500

SARA-NC Complaint Process and Information

Students may also file a complaint through SARA-NC.

SARA North Carolina
North Caroline State Education Assistance Authority
P.O. Box 14103
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
T: (855) SARA-1-NC (727-2162)
T: (919) 549-8614, ext. 4667
SARA-NC Complaint Process
SARA-NC Complaint Form (PDF)

Licensure and certification programs offered by Sandhills Community College

If you are considering a program at SCC that leads to licensure or certification and you do not live in North Carolina, please contact the individual below that corresponds to your desired program.

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)

Dave Reece, Coordinator & Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Program
Phone: (910) 695-3931
Office: 230 Van Dusen Hall

BLET Licensure Disclosure

Continuing Education

Sandy Perry, Director Career Training Allied Health
Phone: (910) 695-3974
Office: 131 Van Dusen Hall

Nurse Aide Level 1

Jenny Powell, Coordinator & Professor, Nursing Assistant Program
Phone: (910) 695-3965
Office: 150 Kennedy Hall

Medication Aide

Lori Degre, Senior Director Career Training
Phone: (910)695-3939
Office: 126 Van Dusen Hall

Auto Safety

OBD Emmissions

Escort Vehicle Operator

Real Estate Pre-licensing

Notary Public

Michelle Bauer, Dean of ConEd Workforce Development Programs
Phone: (910)695-3912
Office: 123 Van Dusen Hall

NC Firefighter Certification

Denise Cameron, Senior Director of ConEd Public Safety Program
Phone: (910)695-3944
Office: 121 Van Dusen Hall

EMT-Basic Certification Class


Tonya Parks, Department Chair/Coordinator & Professor, Cosmetology
Phone: (910) 695-3794
Office: 110 Causey Hall

Cosmetology Program Licensure Disclosure

Early Childhood Education

Susan Wright, Department Chair, Public Services and Coordinator & Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education
Phone: (910) 246-5360
Office: 231 Van Dusen Hall

Early Childhood Education Licensure Disclosure

Emergency Medical Service

Ryan Teal, Coordinator & Instructor, EMS
Phone: (910) 695-3768
Office: 167 Causey Hall

Emergency Medical Science Licensure Disclosure

Health Sciences

Tricia Donadio, Director, Health Programs and Student Support
Phone: (910) 695-3727
Office: 160 Kennedy Hall

Medical Laboratory Technology Licensure Disclosure

Nursing Aid Licensure Disclosure

Ophthalmic Medical Personnel Licensure Disclosure

Radiography Licensure Disclosure

Respiratory Therapy Licensure Disclosure

Surgical Technology Licensure Disclosure


Lynne Phifer, Department Chair/Coordinator & Professor, Nursing
Phone: (910) 695-3924
Office: 122 Kennedy Hall

Nursing – LPN Transition to AND Licensure Disclosure

Nursing – RIBN Licensure Disclosure

Nursing – Associates Degree Licensure Disclosure


View the Licensure List to learn about the appropriate licensing or certification organization for your program.

Although Sandhills Community College strives to connect you with the best information possible, no determination has been made whether a particular program meets educational requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside of the State of North Carolina.