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Professional Licensure

BACKGROUND

  • Pursuant to the Federal Program Integrity Rules (34 CFR (B)(VI)(668)(F) and NC-SARA (Rule 7.2.1), the following information is provided about programs leading to professional licensure:
    • 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.
    • The University of Mississippi Medical Center is working on requesting confirmation from the professional licensing boards as to whether programs in licensed professions lead to licensure in the states in which they have students and in state in which prospective students inquire about matriculating in said programs.

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.

FIELD EXPERIENCES

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. Students should further 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 Mississippi Medical Center does not guarantee licensure, certification or employment in the relevant occupation.

LICENSURE INFORMATION

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 type of license:

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  • 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

STUDENT OBLIGATIONS RELATIVE TO LICENSURE

  • Students intending to practice a licensed profession outside of Mississippi who plan to enroll in any University of Mississippi Medical Center 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.
  • Students would need to advise the University of their intention to relocate during the course of a program or immediately thereafter to obtain assistance from the University who would contact the professional licensure board for the state in which the student seeks licensure to determine whether the program will lead to licensure or not, or if the board is imposing additional requirements.
  • If the state licensing board fails to respond, the University will provide the contact information for the licensing board to the student so that they may discuss licensure directly with the board.
  • While we are gathering responses from the professional licensure boards, you can begin an initial inquiry with us by emailing kheard2@umc.edu
    • If we have already obtained a response from the professional licensure board regarding the program you are inquiring about in the state in which you wish to be licensed, we will provide that information to you as well as the contact information from the board should you wish to speak to them.
    • If we have not yet obtained a response from the board, we will:
      • advise you of the rules and regulations and
      • provide you with a copy of our inquiry to the professional licensing board, who we will contact on your behalf several times to obtain a response.
      • Should we not obtain a response after three such inquiries over the course of 6 weeks, we will advise you in writing to contact the board directly and provide their contact information.

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.
  • 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.
  • Students should further 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 Mississippi Medical Center does not guarantee licensure, certification or employment in the relevant occupation.

ADVERSE ACTIONS

As of June 1, 2019, no adverse actions related to our online degree programs have been initiated by the Mississippi Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) or the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) against The University of Mississippi Medical Center for the past five years.

POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF CHANGING STATE OF RESIDENCE

The University of Mississippi Medical Center 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, please review the list below which indicates the states in which we can offer distance education.  If the state that you intend to relocate to is not listed, negative consequences may occur including, but not limited to, the loss of eligibility for certain forms of financial aid and/or in the inability to complete the academic program.  Additionally, each state professional licensing board has distinct standards.  Therefore, relocation may adversely affect your ability to become licensed.  Should you have any questions regarding state authorization, please email kheard2@umc.edu.  If you have any questions regarding professional licensure for a particular program, please email the designated program contact found on their respective webpage(s).

The University of Mississippi Medical Center does not guarantee nor can it confirm that programs that fulfill Mississippi licensure requirements will satisfy the criteria of professional licensure boards in other states or territories. If you are a student from outside the State of Mississippi, who is considering a program of study that may lead to professional licensure, please contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state of residence before beginning a course of study.

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. Although UMMC 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. Students should further 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 UMMC does not guarantee licensure, certification or employment in the relevant occupation.

Professional licensure contact information
ProfessionNational BodyDetails
Dental Hygiene

American Association of Dental Boards

Medical Laboratory Sciences

American Society for Clinical Laboratory ScienceStates which currently license medical laboratory practitioners are: California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia, Puerto Rico
Nursing

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Occupational Therapy

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

American Physical Therapy Association

Radiologic Sciences

Radiological Society of North America

Accuracy of information on page

Although UMMC has attempted to ensure that the information contained on this website is accurate and complete at the time of posting, the contents are subject to change at any time. UMMC will update information as obtained.

For more information

Additionally, refer to the University of Mississippi Medical Center's program website and contact the program coordinator for specific program requirements. Eligibility for licensure and/or certification may involve more than successful degree completion.