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Professional Licensure Disclosures

Licensure Disclosures





State Authorization

The University of Southern Mississippi is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) thereby allowing 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.  USM is not exempt from state professional licensure requirements. Hence, licensing and/or certification requirements in Mississippi may not be adequate to obtain a professional license in other states.  NOTE- Please be sure to review the SARA page for additional information by going to the NC-SARA page.

Programs and Licensure

All University of Southern Mississippi professional licensure programs are designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements for the state of Mississippi including  preparing students to apply for licensure examinations and/or certification within the State. However, each state and territory has different professional licensure and certification requirements. Additional licensure requirements may include professional examinations, background checks, years of work experience, fingerprinting requirements, etc.  Please be advised that state laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time thereby impacting the program's ability to meet educational requirements for licensure.  Should USM become aware that a professional licensure determination of a program changes so that a program no longer leads to licensure in the state in which the student is located, USM will advise students within a program within 14 days of making such a determination. 


Students who intend to return or move to any state other than Mississippi need to review the professional licensure disclosures pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board since each state professional licensing board for each specific profession makes the ultimate decision as to the eligibility of an individual applying for licensure to sit for a license based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure. 

International Students

Before you enroll in any program at USM, prospective students living and/or working outside of the United States should contact the appropriate certifying agency to confirm if 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.

Professional Licensure Program

A Professional Licensure Program (PLP) or program customarily leading to licensure is an academic program offered by institutions of higher learning designed, marketed and/or advertised to meet educational requirements: (1) for a specific license or certification; and (2) is required for employment in an occupation.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The U. S. Department of Education requires all colleges and university to communicate publicly and directly to prospective and current students by providing them with a professional licensure disclosure about: (1) academic programs that will not fulfill educational requirements for a specific professional licensure that is required for employment in that field; and (2) academic programs that do not meet the education requirements for licensure or for which an institution cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for each state and U.S. territory for all delivery modes of the program. 

Purpose of The Professional Licensure Disclosure Page

This page helps connect prospective students, applicants, and current students to professional licensure information. 

To view USM's PLP, review the table below and click on the link to the right of the program name.  You will be redirected to the program’s webpage where you will find additional information about the preparation provided by the program including the following specific disclosure:

  • the program does meet licensure in all states,
  • the program does not meet the requirements for licensure in all states or
  • a determination cannot be made as to whether the program leads to licensure in the all states.

For these purposes, states include the District of Columbia and the US protectorates, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2. 

The program webpage also has contact information for program personnel that can help answer specific questions in this regard and who will do their best to help connect you to the credentialing requirements of the state in which you aspire to practice.

Programs Not Listed- If you have questions regarding any program not listed on the Professional Licensure page, please contact the Director of the School within which the program resides. 

Additional Individual Licensure Disclosures

The following individual disclosures are being sent out as indicated below:

Prior to prospective student enrollment, students are being advised as to what determination has been made in terms of whether the program meets the student's home state PLC pre-education requirements.

Each enrolled and prospective student is receiving a notice of any adverse actions filed against the institution by a state or accrediting agency:   30-day notification.

Each enrolled and prospective student is being advised is a program in which they are enrolled ceases to meet PLC pre-education requirements: 14-day notification.

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.  Student Complaints can be submitted electronically using the Maxient Student Complaint form

Within two years of the incident regarding the complaint, individuals who are enrolled in distance education offerings (i.e. online courses and supervised field experiences) and who are unable to resolve the issue internally can also submit their complaints to the NC-SARA portal agent at the following address or by completing 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


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.

 Currently and for the previous five years, The University of Southern Mississippi has no previous, current or pending adverse actions initiated by any state agencies. 

Currently and for the previous five years, 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).

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

Additional Professional Licensing Board Resources

Professional Licensing Boards by State

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


Counseling Professionals 

Education Professions 

General Licensure 

Medical Professions

Respiratory Care 


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 

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
and Discipline 

State of Delaware - National Board Certifications – Educators 

District of Columbia Department of Health (includes Medical and
Counseling Licensure) 

District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education -
Educator Certification 

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 

Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners -
Counselor Licensure 

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 

 Does not have a website that links to other state boards.