Disclosures for programs leading to professional licenses or certifications

Federal Title 34.668.43 requires that the University publicly disclose whether programs that are designed or advertised to meet the educational requirements for an initial license or certification required for employment in a given field have been determined to meet or not meet the educational requirements for licensure in each U.S. state and territory or if no determination has yet been made.

Licensure disclosure information for students

Licensing requirements vary by state and NC-SARA 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.

Faculty information about licensure disclosures

To meet the requirements under Federal Title 34.668.43, the University must determine whether a program does in fact meet the educational requirements for initial licensure in each state and disclose those determinations publicly on its website and directly to students in writing. The Provost’s Office works with the various colleges to identify programs that may lead to a professional license or certification and make the necessary disclosures. 

Why are universities required to make these disclosures?

The U.S. Department of Education adopted Title 34.668.43 as a consumer protection measure designed to help students make informed choices when planning their education and careers. While the disclosure requirements are largely targeted at helping students, they can work to the advantage of the University and its programs as well. The public disclosures demonstrate the University’s good faith while also showing students the many places they can go after graduating from their professional degree program.

Which programs are required to make disclosures?

The federal regulation requires that disclosures be made for any program that receives Title IV funding (student financial aid) and is designed or advertised as meeting the educational requirements for an initial license or certification that is required to be employed or practice in a given field or occupation. This includes programs that may prepare a graduate to seek a professional license but do not require that students take professional exams or pursue licensure/certification to graduate from the program.

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.