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Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosures

Professional Licensure Disclosures

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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). 

State Authorization

USM is a member 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.