Professional Licensure Disclosures
Professional Licensure Disclosures
The University of Southern Mississippi offers several programs leading to professional licensure 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. Others require an individual to “meet [the] 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. Often, licensed professionals must complete continuing education on an annual basis (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, 2018).
Licensure of Healthcare providers occur in one of the following three ways:
Mandatory licensure- a provider must be licensed before providing services
Title licensure- a provider cannot use a professional title before obtaining credentials
Registration- a provider must disclose information about the training and experience they have to a state’s consumer protection agency.(see https://nccih.nih.gov/health/decisions/credentialing.htm#hed2)
Other licensure requirements may include examinations specific to a profession, criminal background checks, work experience, fingerprinting requirements, etc.
USM is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) which allows us to provide distance learning programs (both online and in the form of supervised field experiences) and coursework to residents of states other than Mississippi.
Prior to enrolling in any program at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), prospective students living and/or working outside of the United States should confirm with the appropriate certifying agency whether successful completion of any degree program at USM will meet the credentialing requirements of the country in which they intend to seek employment, as to certain types of employment or for advanced/specialized educational programs.
The University of Southern Mississippi provides a process for enrolled students and the public to submit non-academic complaints. The process for such complaints is contained in the Student Grievance Policy, which can be found in the PolicyStat, policy management system. Student Complaints can be submitted electronically using the Maxient Student Complaint form.
Individuals who are enrolled in distance education offerings (i.e. online courses and supervised field experiences) can also submit their complaints to the NC-SARA portal agent at the following address or by filling out the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation (MCCA) Student Complaint form, which should be mailed to the portal agent at the following address:
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211-6453
Additional contact information for the NC-SARA portal agent is as follows:
As of February 10, 2020, The University of Southern Mississippi has no previous, current or pending adverse actions initiated by any state agencies.
As of February 10, 2020, The University of Southern Mississippi has no previous, current, or pending adverse actions initiated by any accrediting agencies
The University of Southern Mississippi follows the refund policy published by the Mississippi Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL).
The following individual disclosures are being sent out as indicated below:
Prior to prospective student enrollment – determination of student home state PLC pre-education requirements.
Each enrolled and prospective student - Adverse Actions initiated by a state or accrediting agency – 30-day notification
Each enrolled and prospective student – Program ceases to meet PLC pre-education requirements – 14-day notification
PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE DISCLOSURES
§668.50(b)(7) Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) pre-education requirements
The curriculum for programs customarily leading to licensure at The University of Southern Mississippi have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in Mississippi as well as preparing students to apply for licensure exams in Mississippi. The licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state. Students with intent of returning or moving to any state other than Mississippi need to review the professional licensure disclosures list contained below and consult with the state professional licensing board who make the ultimate decision as to whether or not an individual will be eligible to sit for licensure in a state; and the ultimate determination is made based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure.
Please click on the link to the right of the program name to view the program page indicating if the program does/does not/a determination cannot be made as to whether the program leads to licensure in the United States (which includes the District of Columbia and the US protectorates, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2).
Due to state sovereignty, state professional licensing board have unique standards for occupations that require either licensure or certification. “Occupational licensing laws” establish these “standards” “which may include specific education or training, work experience, examinations, background checks and professional organization membership reequipments” (Smith, Michaluk, Hall & Kanode, 2018, p. 3). To become licensed, prospective licensees must “demonstrate that they meet all the requirement professional standards” and pay the “registration and licensing fees” (p. 3). Across the United States, “over 1,000 different occupations require “occupational licensing” (p. 3). After becoming licensed, those who obtain a license agree to “adhere to a strict professional code of conduct” and are monitored as well as typically required [to undertake] ongoing training [along with] reporting” (p. 4).
Several states require licensure- Oklahoma, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah
To search type in the term licensure in the agency box.
Arizona State Board of Behavioral Health Examiners – Counseling
Arizona Medical Board - Medical Licensure
Arizona Department of Education - Teaching Certification
Arizona State Board of Technical Registration – Technical Licensure
Arkansas Department of Health
Arkansas State Board of Examiners in Counseling
Arkansas State Medical Board
Arkansas Department of Education
Delaware Division of Professional Regulation - Professional Standards
Delaware Division of Professional Regulation - Professional Counselor of
mental Health Licensure
Delaware Division of Professional Regulation - Board of Medical Licensure
State of Delaware - National Board Certifications – Educators
District of Columbia Department of Health (includes Medical and
District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education -
Florida Business and Professional Regulations - General Licensure
Florida Board of Medicine - Medical Licensure
Florida Department of Education – Educator Licensure
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and
Mental Health Counseling – Licensure
Georgia Secretary of State Professional Licensure
Georgia Professional Standards Commission - Educator Certification
Georgia Composite Medical Board - Medical Licensure
Illinois State Board of Education:
Kentucky Department of Education Educator Certification
Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners -
Louisiana Department of Education - Educator Licensure
Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners - Medical Licensure
State of Louisiana Professional and Occupational Licenses - Professional
State of Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine - Medical Licensure
Maine Department of Education – Educator Licensure
State of Maine Professional & Financial Regulation - Counseling Licensure https://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/counselors/