Requirements for programs leading to professional licenses or certifications

The U.S. Department of Education requires the University to meet several requirements for programs that are designed or advertised to meet the educational requirements for a professional license or certification that is required for employment in a given field.

Disclosure information for students in professional licensure programs

Per 34 CFR 668.43, the University is required to determine whether each of its professional licensure programs meets the educational requirements to obtain a license in each state where the University or a student enrolled in the program is located. The University must also disclose these determinations publicly and directly notify prospective and enrolled students if the University has not determined that a student’s program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state in which the student is located. The University meets these requirements by maintaining disclosure tables on program websites (linked below) and sending disclosure notifications directly to students upon acceptance to the University and upon any changes to the University’s determinations or a student’s program or location.

Licensing requirements vary by state and SARA participation does not provide reciprocity for state requirements for professional licenses or certifications. Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state’s licensure requirements in order for a graduate to be eligible for a license or certification.

The University has identified the programs below as being designed to prepare students for a professional license or certification. Click on your program for more information.* If you have questions about state licensing requirements or see that a determination has not yet been made for the state in which you intend to seek an initial license, please reach out to your advisor in your academic program.

*Important: The University has made determinations listed on the pages linked above to the best of its ability. Determinations are based on available information about each state’s curricular requirements for professional education and training programs required for licensure and are reviewed annually. Determinations listed on these pages are NOT guarantees that all applicants will obtain licenses or certifications upon graduation from the program. Issuance of a license or certification is made at the sole discretion of the appropriate state licensing agency. Licensure and certification are complex processes that may require applicants to meet several criteria in addition to educational attainment, such as background checks and fingerprinting, aptitude tests or other exams, and professional experience.

Meeting state requirements for licensure

As of July 1, 2024, 34 CFR 668.14(b)(32), requires the University to determine that each professional licensure program meets the educational requirements for licensure in Nevada and in any state where a distance education student is located at the time the student initially enrolls in the program. This means that if a distance education student is located in a state where a professional licensure program does not meet the educational requirements for licensure, the University may not enroll the student in that professional licensure program. However, a distance education student may successfully enroll in a professional licensure program if they are able to attest that they intend to seek licensure and employment in a different state where their desired program meets the educational requirements for licensure. Click here for more information about Student Attestations for Professional Licensure Programs.

Distance education and student location

The U.S. Department of Education considers a student to be enrolled in distance education if they are enrolled in at least one distance education class. This includes online classes.

Per 34 CFR 600.9, the University is required to determine the location of each student enrolled in distance education using a uniform method. The University determines the location of a distance education student using the home address and presence of residential charges listed in the student’s MyNevada account.

Link to student attestation webpage.

Do you have more questions about professional licensure programs and disclosure requirements?

For more detailed information about the disclosure requirements for professional licensure programs, visit the State Authorization Resources site on SharePoint or contact the Provost’s Office.