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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.
  • NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt us from state professional licensing requirements.
  • As a result, licensing requirements in Mississippi may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state.
  • The University of Southern Mississippi (hereinafter referred to as “USM”) cannot determine the applicability of program coursework to satisfy licensing requirements outside of Mississippi. Our programs and coursework are designed to meet the licensure requirements of licensing entities within Mississippi.
We highly recommend that students contact the applicable licensure board(s) in their state of residence or in the state where they intend to obtain a license before beginning an academic program that results in licensure and prior to beginning any internship/practicum. Many licensure boards require more than successful degree completion to obtain a license. Please be advised that state laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time. Changes in requirements can impact the program's ability to meet educational requirements for licensure. It is the responsibility of the student completing the licensure program to check with the licensing board(s) in their state of residence or in the state in which they intend to obtain a license for the most recent information and requirements. USM shall not be held liable if the student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction or cannot obtain a practicum/internship location.  
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. 

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.

Students should review the specific academic requirements for the program in which they are enrolling, including those related to practicum/internship as well as pre-qualifications for licensure such as the need for a criminal background check.
In the list of programs below, click the link for your program to read the specific professional licensure disclosure and the name of the program's contact person. 


Other Required Disclosures

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:

Menia Dykes
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211-6453

Additional contact information for the NC-SARA portal agent is as follows:

Telephone: 601.432.6372

Fax: 601.432.6225

Email: mdykes@mississippi.edu

Federal Program Integrity rules issued by the U.S. Department of Education require institutions to provide to all students including students and prospective students contact information needed to file a complaint with the accrediting agency and with relevant state agencies.  To see the list that includes contact info for all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the protectorates, please see the SARA page.  
For additional consumer disclosures see the Student Consumer Information Disclosures page.
 

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).

 

 

Individual Licensure Disclosures

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. 

USM PROGRAMS

CUSTOMARILY LEADING TO 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). 

 

Athletic Training
 
 
 Bachelors
 Masters in Education in School Counseling
 

National Entities (Licensing Boards or Accreditors)

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

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification

Professional Licensing Boards by State

 http://inform.alabama.gov/agencysearch.aspx

To search type in the term licensure in the agency box. 

Counseling Professionals
http://www.abec.state.al.us/ 

Education Professions
https://www.alsde.edu/sec/ec/Pages/home.aspx# 

General Licensure
http://www.alabama.gov/online-services/professional 

Medical Professions
http://www.albme.org/index.html 

 https://elicense.az.gov/ARDC_Support

https://az.gov/professional-licenses

https://btr.az.gov/search-for-licensees 

Arizona State Board of Behavioral Health Examiners – Counseling
Licensure
http://www.azbbhe.us/node/557 

Arizona Medical Board - Medical Licensure
https://www.azmd.gov/Licensure/Licensure 

Arizona Department of Education - Teaching Certification

http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/ 

Arizona State Board of Technical Registration – Technical Licensure
https://btr.az.gov/licensing-exams 

https://dpr.delaware.gov/ 

Delaware Division of Professional Regulation - Professional Standards
http://dpr.delaware.gov/

Delaware Division of Professional Regulation - Professional Counselor of
mental Health Licensure
https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/profcounselors/newlicense/

Delaware Division of Professional Regulation - Board of Medical Licensure
and Discipline
https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/medicalpractice/ 

State of Delaware - National Board Certifications – Educators
https://deeds.doe.k12.de.us/certificate/deeds_nbct.aspx 

https://dcra.dc.gov/professional-licensing 

District of Columbia Department of Health (includes Medical and
Counseling Licensure) 
http://doh.dc.gov/service/professional-license-applications 

District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education -
Educator Certification
http://osse.dc.gov/ed-credentials 

https://dos.myflorida.com/library-archives/research/florida-information/government/state-resources/professional-licensing/ 

Florida Business and Professional Regulations - General Licensure
https://www.myfloridalicense.com/intentions2.asp

Florida Board of Medicine - Medical Licensure
http://flboardofmedicine.gov/licensing/ 

Florida Department of Education – Educator Licensure
http://fldoe.org/teaching/certification 


Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and
Mental Health Counseling – Licensure
http://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/ 

https://www.louisiana.gov/licenses/ 

Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners -
Counselor Licensure
http://www.lpcboard.org/ 

Louisiana Department of Education - Educator Licensure
https://www.teachlouisiana.net/ 

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners - Medical Licensure
http://www.lsbme.la.gov/licensure/index 

State of Louisiana Professional and Occupational Licenses - Professional
Licensure
http://louisiana.gov/Services/POLicenses/ 

https://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions.html 

State of Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine - Medical Licensure
http://www.maine.gov/md/

Maine Department of Education – Educator Licensure
http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/

State of Maine Professional & Financial Regulation - Counseling Licensure https://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/counselors/ 

 Does not have a website that links to other state boards. 
https://sos.vermont.gov/