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Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosures

Professional Licensure Disclosures

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PROFESSIONAL LICENSING AND CERTIFICATION BOARDS BY USM COLLEGE


LICENSING BOARD LISTS

For a list of professional licensing boards created by national organizations, check the following resources:

Council on Licensure Enforcement and Regulation webpage

NC-SARA Licensure Directory for Counseling, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work and Teacher Education

US Department of Education Professional Licensure Page

 


PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE

Background

The University of Southern Mississippi offers several programs leading to professional licensure or certification within the State of Mississippi. States vary in what professions they require to be licensed and how licensure functions. Some states require an individual to graduate from an approved program while others require an individual to meet certification requirements of a national organization. A specific amount of training can also be required as well as passage of an exam based on a state requisite exam score. For purposes of the disclosures, the term professional licensure will be used to cover both licensure and certification which both require disclosures per §34 CFR 668.43 (a)(5)(v) and NC-SARA Rule 7.2.1.

Licensure is a state-specific determination made by state professional licensing boards based on state-determined criteria.

The rules applicable to a licensure application are the rules and regulations that are in place at the time the student applies for licensure.

When a student speaks to the state professional licensing board, the professional licensing board may require the student to inform them of whether or not the program leads to licensure in the state of Mississippi.

PROFESSIONAL LICENSING BOARDS

Requirements for licensure vary from one profession to another and from state to state.
Each state has professional licensing boards in place to regulate the criteria that need to be met to qualify for licensure within a state.

Many careers require you to meet specific licensing, training as well as other requirements.

Additional education may be required, including but not limited to, state-specific content such as additional coursework or additional supervised field experience hours.

Boards may also require background checks.

Some boards require an individual to be a resident in order to obtain a license in certain professions.

Some states require that an individual obtain a drivers’ license in the state thereby confirming residency in the state prior to considering a licensure application.

Licensure requires are governed by the states, not by the Federal government, and the criteria for licensure vary significantly from state to state.

Rules in place at the time the individual applies for licensure determine what the licensing requirements apply.

The Board determines how the rules and regulations in place are interpreted and applied at the time the licensure application is processed.

LICENSURE INFORMATION BASED ON FIELD

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 field in one is being licensed:

  • 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.

STUDENT OBLIGATIONS RELATIVE TO LICENSURE

Students intending to practice a licensed profession outside of Mississippi who plan to enroll in any University of Southern Mississippi education course(s), degree and/or certificate program leading to advanced licensure need to understand that the state that they are going to be working in will likely have specific requirements in terms of additional courses that are needed to become licensed in their state.

Initial Communication with Licensing Entity

Prior to applying to a program as well as prior to being accepted to a program, students are responsible for verifying that the program meets all requirements for licensure/certification once they complete the program.  This can be done by reaching out to the professional licensing board or licensing/certification entity overseeing the profession. 

USM has created a list of such entities and divided them under the college that oversees a particular program:

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Business and Economic Development

College of Education and Human Sciences

College of Nursing and Health Professions

 

 

Ongoing Communications with Licensing Entity

Requirements for licensing and certification may change over time.  To determine if a program will lead to licensure/certification in a state, students should contact the appropriate licensing agency and/or organization for the latest information.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

State Authorization

  • USM is a participating institution of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) which allows us to provide distance learning programs and coursework to residents of states other than Mississippi.
  • NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt our students from state professional licensing requirements.
  • As a result, satisfying licensing requirements in Mississippi may not be  sufficient to obtain a license in any other state.  

Location

Per 34 CFR 668.43 (c)(3)(ii), institutions must provide the Department of Education with the institutional determination of where the student is located upon request. To achieve this an institution must establish policies or procedures to consistently determine where students are located. Institutions must determine where a student is located both at the time of enrollment in an institution and after receiving information provided by the student indicating that the student's location has changed during their enrollment. 

USM collects location information from students as part of the registration process wherein students are asked to provide their physical location. This information is collected every semester.

Relocation

  • Relocating during the course of a program to another state may impact if the student can remain in the program, meet the state licensure requirements and/or continue to receive financial aid funding.
  • Prior to considering relocation, please contact your program to discuss authorization and licensure eligibility requirements.
  • Based on state specific rules and regulation in place at the time an individual submits their application for licensure, each state professional licensing board may have distinct requirements in place.

Potential Changes in Licensure/Certification Requirements

  • Students who plan to pursue licensure or certification outside of the State of Mississippi should be aware that requirements for professional licensure/certification can vary drastically by state, and these requirements can change frequently and often without notice.
  • While a program may originally meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification, changes in requirements could impact the program’s ability to meet any new educational requirements.
  • Students should always check with their state licensing board to confirm licensure requirements.

POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF CHANGING STATE OF RESIDENCE

  • The University of Southern Mississippi is able to offer distance education (online and supervised field experiences) in states that are NC-SARA member states through our membership in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).
  • Should you relocate while taking a distance program to a place in which we are not authorized to provide distance education, negative consequences may occur including, but not limited to, the loss of eligibility for certain forms of financial aid (including, but not limited to, Title IV financial aid eligibility, loan repayment or deferment, and/or veteran’s benefits), and/or in the inability to complete the academic program.
  • Each state professional licensing board has distinct standards. Therefore, relocation may adversely affect your ability to become licensed.  See our SARA page for a list of locations within which we can offer distance education. 
  • Should you have any questions regarding state authorization, please email stateauthorizationFREEMississippi
  • To determine the impact of relocation on financial aid, students should consult with the Financial Services Office and/or the Center for Military Veterans, Services Members and Families located at 3503 Morningside Drive Hattiesburg, MS 39406 to determine the impact of a change in location.

Background Checks

Students who are pursuing degrees related to professional licensure or certification, and/or who will be participating in clinical placements, internships, or practica through their degree program should be aware that their host facility may require any or all of the following:

  • criminal background check
  • fingerprinting or
  • drug screening

In such situations, each student is responsible for obtaining and paying for the background check or other screening process and for delivering required documentation to the facility.

IMPORTANT SUPERVISED FIELD EXPERIENCE INFORMATION

Although the University will make reasonable efforts to place admitted students in field experiences and internships, it will be up to the host facility to determine whether a student will be allowed to work at that facility.

Impact of Criminal Record on Licensure

  • Students should be aware that a criminal record may jeopardize licensure by the state certification body.
  • Students may consult the certification body corresponding to their intended occupation for more details.
  • Successful completion of a program of study at the University of Southern Mississippi does not guarantee licensure, certification or employment in the relevant occupation.

TYPES OF LICENSURE DISCLOSURES

34 CFR 668.43 (a)(5)(v) - General Disclosures

If a program is designed to meet educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification that is required for employment in an occupation, or is advertised as meeting such requirements, the institution must make the following information readily available to enrolled or prospective students.

(A) A list of all States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum meets the State educational requirements for licensure or certification; 

(B) A list of all States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum does not meet the State educational requirements for licensure or certification; and 

(C) A list of all States for which the institution has not made a determination that its curriculum meets the State educational requirements for licensure or certification.

34 CFR 668.43 (c) - Direct Disclosures

Prior to enrollment, direct disclosure is made if the program does not meet or the institution has not made a determination whether the program meets educational requirements. The regulations state that regarding the timing of these disclosures, the Department expects that the institution will provide this disclosure before a student signs an enrollment agreement, or in the event that an institution does not provide an enrollment agreement, before the student makes a financial commitment to the institution.

If the student is enrolled in a program and the institution makes a determination that the program does not meet educational requirements in the state where the student is located, the institution shall notify the student within 14 calendar days.

 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The University of Southern Mississippi does not guarantee nor confirm that any program that fulfill Mississippi licensure requirements will satisfy the professional licensure boards standards/requirements in other states or territories. If you are a student applying to/admitted to a program that leads to professional licensure and intend to practice outside of the State of Mississippi, please contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state of residence before beginning a course of study.


OTHER RESOURCES

For information about NC-SARA and state authorization, see the SARA web page

For information about different avenues for filing complaints related to USM enrollment, see the Complaints Web Page