Founded in 1850, Hiram College provides students of all backgrounds an attainable private education that teaches the 21st-century skills needed to thrive professionally and personally in the face of inevitable and constant change.

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Built on a community that fosters student-faculty collaboration, the College equips all students with the tools necessary to embrace active learning in the classroom, in Ohio, and beyond through technology, internship, study away, research, and other experiential opportunities for growth and development. Recognized by Colleges of Distinction, The Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report, and as a top baccalaureate college by Washington Monthly.

College Accreditations

Higher Learning Commission

Ohio Department of Education

Hiram College is authorized by the Ohio Department of Education.

Ohio Department of Education


Hiram College seeks to provide courses and programs to students across Ohio and throughout the United States. Please see the catalog for the academic programs offered in online modality. Each state has different requirements for distance learning and or educational activities that may lead to licensure or certification.

Hiram College is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which allows students from NC-SARA approved states outside of Ohio to enroll in online degree programs and earn credit for campus-based courses with out-of-state educational experiences such as clinicals, internships, or student teaching.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts. Most states now belong to SARA, as indicated in the map below. Ohio became a member state in March 2015. Hiram College became a SARA institution on 3/16/18. This membership allows students to enroll in courses from other NC-SARA approved states and member institutions.

View the directory of institutions participating in SARA



A professional license is typically regulated by state laws and is required for a graduate of those programs to practice, to use the professional designation in their title, and /or to gain employment in certain occupations. Professional designations such as “licensed,” “registered,” and “certified” are a type of formal acknowledgment of competence in a given occupation or profession and may or may not be required for employment in a given field. These designations are typically conveyed to a person by a regulatory body or professional association, and individuals must complete various requirements to become eligible to receive and maintain the designation.

Eligibility for professional designations varies by occupation and location, and often involves more than successful degree completion (such as submitting an application, passing an examination, paying an entrance/application fee, or providing evidence of work experience). Some professional designations do not require degree completion to obtain.

Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Requirements for teacher licensure vary by state and may involve more than successful degree completion. Graduates who apply for a license may need to satisfy other requirements, such as passing an examination, completing an application, and submitting to a background check. Some states have different processes and requirements for applicants who have completed their academic program in a different state. Educational requirements for teacher licensure can include specifications for the applicant’s type of academic degree, type of educational institution where the academic program was completed, and curriculum content within the academic program. Some states offer multiple pathways to teacher licensure, including recognizing a license earned in another state or providing options for qualified professionals who wish to transition into the education field. The lists below pertain only to the educational requirements to obtain an initial state teaching license. Alternative pathways to licensure and additional requirements, other than educational, are not considered in these lists.

Hiram College makes every effort to ensure the information provided on educational requirements for licensure is accurate and up-to-date; however, these requirements are subject to change at any time. Students who will be seeking licensure as a teacher are strongly encouraged to visit the associated agency website in the state in which they intend to teach to review all requirements to obtain licensure.

Council for the Accerditation of Educator Preparation

BSN in Nursing

The BSN program at Hiram College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( The BSN prepares students for licensure based on the requirements set by the State of Ohio. Students who plan to seek licensure or certification in other states will need to contact that State Licensure Board for specific requirements.

Hiram College makes every effort to ensure the information provided on educational requirements for licensure is accurate and up-to-date; however, these requirements are subject to change at any time. Students who will be seeking licensure in nursing are strongly encouraged to visit the associated agency website (linked in the lists below) in the state in which they intend to practice to review all requirements to obtain licensure.


For concerns or complaints regarding academic issues, please contact: Issues not resolved at the institutional level may be pursued with several organizations:

  • The student may file a grievance with the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
  • Students may contact our accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission.
  • The student may appeal to the portal entity of the home state of the institution through NC-SARA. The state portal entity will notify NC-SARA of the appealed complaint and will also notify the portal entity of the host state where the student is location.

For Ohio, that contact information is:

Matt Exline
Assistant Director of Program Approval Operations
Ohio Department of Higher Education
25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215