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What is a professional licensure program?

A Professional Licensure Program (PLP) is an academic program offered by an institution of higher learning designed, marketed and/or advertised to meet the educational requirements for a specific license or certification required for employment in an occupation.

What is a professional licensure disclosure?

A professional licensure disclosure is a regulation of the U. S. Department of Education requiring all colleges and university to communicate publicly and directly to prospective and current students about academic programs, whether offered face-to-face or online: (1) that will or will not fulfill educational requirements for specific professional licensure required for employment in that field; and (2) that meet or do not meet the education requirements for licensure for each state and U.S. territory. 

Bethel University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) which allows us to provide distance learning programs (both online and in the form of supervised field experiences) and coursework to residents of states other than Minnesota. NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt us from state professional licensing requirements. As a result, licensing and/or certification requirements in Minnesota may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in other states.

The curricula for programs leading to licensure at Bethel University are designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in the state of Minnesota and to prepare students to apply for licensure examinations and/or certification. Each state and territory may have different professional licensure and certification requirements. Examples of other licensure requirements include professional examinations, background checks, years of work experience, fingerprinting, etc. Students who intend to return or move to any state other than Minnesota 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.

Per the U.S. Department of Education regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), we are obligated to disclose whether or not Bethel programs will meet the educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in any of the US states or territories. The information below reflects, to the best of our knowledge, accurate information about each of our licensing programs.

Business

Accounting and Finance (B.S.)

Per the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), we have determined that our  curriculum meets educational requirements for becoming credentialed as a Certified Public Accountant in Minnesota. We have not made a determination for all remaining states in this regard. This information is accurate as of July 1, 2020. Individuals can search for specific state information via the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (https://nasba.org/stateboards/)

Education

Per the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), we have determined that the listed programs meet the educational requirements to become a licensed teacher in the state of Minnesota. For all remaining states, we have not yet made a determination in this regard. Individuals can search for specific state information via the U.S. Department of Education (https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html).

This information is accurate as of July 1, 2020. This professional licensure information pertains to the following degree Teacher Preparation Programs:

Health Sciences

Athletic Training (M.S)

Per the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), we have determined that our curriculum meets educational requirements for professional licensure as an Athletic Trainer in all 50 states. This determination was informed by a review of state licensing requirements and information from the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (http://www.bocatc.org/state-regulation/state-regulation). This information is accurate as of July 1, 2020.

Nursing (BSN)

Per the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), we have determined that our BSN curriculum meets educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in Minnesota. For all remaining states, we have not yet made a determination in this regard. This information is accurate as of July 1, 2020.  Individuals can search for specific state information via the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) (https://www.ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm ).

Nurse-Midwifery (M.S.)

Per the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), we have determined that our Nurse-Midwifery (M.S.) curriculum meets educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in Minnesota. For all remaining states, we have not yet made a determination in this regard. This information is accurate as of July 1, 2020.  Individuals can search for specific state information via the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) (https://www.ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm ).

Physician Assistant (M.S.)

Per the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), we have determined that our curriculum meets educational requirements for professional licensure as a Physician Assistant in all 50 states. This determination was informed by a review of state licensing requirements and information from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (https://www.nccpa.net/stateboards). This information is accurate as of July 1, 2020.

Social Sciences

Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate

Per the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), we have determined that our Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate curriculum meets educational requirements for professional licensure as a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC) in Minnesota. For all remaining states, we have not yet made a determination in this regard. This information is accurate as of July 1, 2020. Individuals can search for specific state information via the American Association Of State Counseling Boards ( http://www.aascb.org/aws/AASCB/pt/sp/stateboards).

Counseling (M.A)

Per the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), we have determined that our Counseling (M.A.) curriculum meets educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in Minnesota. For all remaining states, we have not yet made a determination in this regard. This information is accurate as of July 1, 2020. Individuals can search for specific state information via the American Association Of State Counseling Boards (http://www.aascb.org/aws/AASCB/pt/sp/stateboards).

Marriage and Family Therapy (M.A.)

Per the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), we have determined that our Marriage and Family Therapy (M.A.) curriculum meets educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in Minnesota. For all remaining states, we have not yet made a determination in this regard. This information is accurate as of July 1, 2020. Individuals can search for specific state information via the Associate of Marital & Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (https://amftrb.org/#board).

Senior Care Leadership and Administration Certificate

Per the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), we have determined that our Senior Care Leadership and Administration Certificate curriculum meets educational requirements for professional licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) in Minnesota. For all remaining states, we have not yet made a determination in this regard. This information is accurate as of July 1, 2020. Individuals can search for specific state information via the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (https://www.nabweb.org/state-licensure-requirements).

Social Work (BSW)

The Bachelors of Social Work course of study is intended to meet the educational requirements to become a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Minnesota. Per the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), we have determined that our curriculum meets educational requirements for professional licensure in Minnesota. We have not made a determination for all remaining states in this regard. This information is accurate as of July 1, 2020. Individuals can search for specific state information via the Association of Social Work Boards (http://aswbsocialworkregulations.org/licensingWebsitesReportBuilder.jsp).

Social Work (MSW)

The Master of Social Work course of study is intended to meet the educational requirements to become a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in the state of Minnesota. Per the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), we have determined that our curriculum meets educational requirements for professional licensure in Minnesota. We have not made a determination for all remaining states in this regard. This information is accurate as of July 1, 2020. Individuals can search for specific state information via the Association of Social Work Boards (http://aswbsocialworkregulations.org/licensingWebsitesReportBuilder.jsp).