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Oklahoma City University offers several programs leading to professional licensure within the state of Oklahoma. States vary in what professions they require to be licensed and how licensure is acquired. Some states require an individual to graduate from an accredited program. Others require individuals to obtain additional coursework, additional fieldwork, background checks, passage of additional state licensing exams, additional fees, or other requirements.

Accreditation Statement

As an institution, Oklahoma City University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional institutional accreditors in the United States. Many individual programs have additional specific accreditations (https://www.okcu.edu/about/accreditations-and-affiliations).  

State Authorization

Oklahoma City University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), which allows us to provide distance learning programs and coursework to residents of states other than Oklahoma. NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt us from state professional licensing requirements. As a result, licensing requirements in Oklahoma may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state. 

Students have a right to submit a complaint or grievance via the NC-SARA Student Complaints Process. The student should begin the complaint process with the institution (https://www.okcu.edu/current/academic-affairs/academic-complaints) and if resolution is not found, Oklahoma City University students may find information about filing a complaint with another entity. (https://www.okcu.edu/current/distance-learning-complaints).   

This communication addresses disclosures to prospective and current students as required by Stetson’s membership with the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and those set forth in 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v), 34 CFR 668.43(c)(1), and 34 CFR 668.72(c)(2). 

Definition of Permanent Address

When students participate in distance education coursework, it is Oklahoma City University’s policy that the permanent address submitted on the student’s application/program approval form will be presumed to be the same as the location of the student when completing coursework, for the duration of enrollment. It is the student's responsibility to notify Oklahoma City University if their location while completing coursework differs from that listed on the application/program approval form. See the OCU Location Policy for further details. 

Relocation

Relocating during the course of a program to another state may impact state licensure requirements, access to practicums, and/or federal financial aid.  

Should a student relocate during the course of a program to another state, it may impact the student's ability to remain in the program, meet the state licensure requirements, and/or continue to receive financial aid funding. Prior to considering relocation, please contact your program to discuss authorization and licensure eligibility requirements. 

International Students

Prior to enrolling in any program at Oklahoma City 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 Oklahoma City University 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 Requirements

All of Oklahoma City University’s licensure or certification track programs curricula meet State of Oklahoma educational requirements for licensure or certification and/or prepares students to take an Oklahoma licensing exam. The curricula for programs customarily leading to licensure at Oklahoma City University have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in Oklahoma, as well as preparing students to apply for licensure exams in the State of Oklahoma.  

Determination outside of Oklahoma varies by program. States vary in what professions they require to be licensed and how licensure is acquired. Some states require an individual to graduate from an accredited program. Others require individuals to obtain additional coursework, additional fieldwork, background checks, passage of additional state licensing exams, additional fees, or other requirements. 

The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Students who intend to return or move to any state other than Oklahoma 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 for licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure. 

It is each student’s responsibility to regularly check with the state where you intend to seek licensure to confirm all licensing/certification requirements.  Licensure/certification requirements can vary by state, as each state sets their own standards. 

Licensure/certification requirements are always subject to change at the discretion of the state.  The University will routinely update these pages, but we strongly recommend you inquire with the state board or agency to confirm your eligibility for licensure/certification.  For questions regarding licensure/certification please contact the state board or agency directly. 

State Requirements by Program

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all institutions of higher education provide certain notifications to students who are pursuing a program that is designed to meet educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification that is required for employment in an occupation.

As required by this regulation, we have identified each of the programs below as being designed to meet educational requirements for licensure or certification. For each program, we have either determined that the program does or does not meet the licensure requirements for a given state, or have not made a determination. Please follow the link to the state-by-state licensure requirements for each program: https://www.okcu.edu/academics/overview/professional-licensure-disclosure

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