Professional Licensure 2020-08-20T09:56:17+00:00

Professional Licensure Disclosures

SARA Licensure Disclosure

The curriculum for programs customarily leading to licensure at Northwestern State University have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in Louisiana as well as preparing students to apply for licensure exams in the State of Louisiana.  The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their states. Students who intend to return or move to any state other than Louisiana need to review the professional licensure disclosures pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board.  The state professional licensing boards make the ultimate decision as to whether or not an individual will be eligible to sit for licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure. If you are an out-of-state student who is considering an online academic program that leads to professional licensure, we advise you to contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state before beginning your academic program.

Relocation

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 advisor to discuss authorization and licensure eligibility requirements.

International Students

Prior to enrolling in any program at Northwestern State University, 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 NSU 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.

Responsibility of Students

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. We highly recommend that students contact the applicable licensure board(s) in their states 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. NSU 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.