Online Programs & Professional Licensure



PLEASE READ OUR PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE DISCLOSURE BY CLICKING THIS LINK.


 

BACKGROUND

  • Pursuant to the Federal Program Integrity Rules (34 CFR (B)(VI)(668)(F) and NC-SARA (Rule 7.2.1), the University of Southern Mississippi lists below the online programs that may lead to licensure in some states.  
  • Licensure is a state-specific determination made by state professional licensing boards based on state-determined criteria. 
  • Determining whether or not a program leads to licensure in another state requires the student to speak to a member of the state professional licensing board in the state in which they will be seeking licensure. 
  • Among the information the student may need to provide is whether the program leads to licensure in the state of Mississippi. 
  • See below a list of online programs with information relative to whether or not they lead to licensure in Mississippi.


GENERAL LICENSURE INFORMATION

To obtain a license in another state, the candidate should contact their state's professional licensing board as each state has different requirements for licensure.  Typically, state licensing boards will have added requirements including generally a criminal background check, added fees, and specifically the following types of requirements based on the type of license:

 
  • Engineering- most states require additional years of experience following graduation for candidates who apply for licensure with an Applied Technology, B.S. (which is only accepted in a few states) or an Engineering Technology, B.S. or an Industrial Engineering Technology, B.S. Typically, this would be an additional four years of experience for a total of eight years of professional experience, instead of the four years required for those who graduate with an Engineering degree.   
  • Medical Laboratory Science- ASCP certification is required by the states (see list-California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia) that require licensure.  
  • Nursing- Mississippi is part of the enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (e-NLC) along with the following states:  Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. For additional information about the e-NLC see the following website: e-NLC Implementation 
  • Teaching- additional coursework (i.e. a state history and state culture course), and distinct test scores.  Those seeking a license as an administrator may need to have a specific number of years of experience.   There may be additional qualifications and/or disqualifications applicable in order to work as a teacher with any local, state or federal entity.


UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE ONLINE PROGRAMS BY FIELD OF STUDY

Please see our online.usm.edu page for a list of our programs by field of study. 

https://online.usm.edu/programs/

Boards by Discipline:

Education

State Departments of Education (they generally handle licensure for education with some exceptions)

Dietetics

List of Dietetics Boards

Engineering

List of Engineering Boards

Medical Laboratory Technology

ASCP List of State Licensing Boards for MLS and MLT

Nursing

Professional Licensing Boards for Nursing

 



PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE INVESTIGATION PROCESS

Since students need to receive confirmation from the licensing boards, the Professional Licensure process will assist with:

  • confirming whether the program leads to licensure in Mississippi; and
  • identifying the professional licensing board number and/or the name of a contact person with whom the student can speak to obtain a direct response to their state-specific licensing inquiry.


QUESTIONS REGARDING LICENSURE

  • If you need assistance with professional licensure questions, fill out the Professional Licensure Form.  You will receive a response within 5 business days of your inquiry. 
  • For questions relative to how to fill out the form or licensing generally, please email professionallicensure@usm.edu.