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Worcester State University offers academic programs in Education, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, School Psychology, and Speech and Language Pathology leading to degrees for which professional practice requires license or certification by state, local, and/or professional boards.
As of July 1, 2020, the Department of Education, per 34 CFR 688.43(a)(5)(v), requires that institutions with programs granting licensure must provide:
The curricula in these programs have been designed to be consistent with recognized professional and national standards. However, the requirements of the state boards and licensing agencies vary from state to state and over time. Worcester State University is currently completing research to determine whether our programs leading to professional licensure meet the initial licensure requirements of each state’s board of nursing, as well as other state and local regulators.
If you plan to seek licensure in a state/territory below with the status "Determination not made yet," please contact the office of the Dean of Education, Health and Natural Sciences (email@example.com) and we will work to expedite research on that state/territory.
Professional Licensure Disclosure by State
As per 34 CFR 668.43(c), prior to enrollment, direct disclosure is made if the program (whether hybrid, face-to-face or online) does not meet OR the institution has not made a determination whether the program meets education requirements.
The regulations state that "regarding the timing of these disclosures, the Department expects that the institution will provide this disclosure before a student signs an enrollment agreement, or in the event that an institution does not provide an enrollment agreement, before the student makes a financial commitment to the institution.
If the student is enrolled in a program and the institution makes a determination that the program does not meet educational requirements in the state where the student is located, the institution has 14 calendar days to notify the student.
(3)(i) Disclosures under paragraphs, (c)(1) and (2) ... must be made directly to the student in writing, which may include through email or other electronic communications.
Per 34 CFR 668.43(c)(3)(ii), institutions must provide the Department of Education with the institutional determination of where the student is located upon request. To achieve this an institution must establish policies or procedures to consistently determine where students are located. Institutions must determine where a student is located both at the time of enrollment in an institution and after receiving information provided by the student indicating that the student's location has changed.
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 program to discuss authorization and licensure eligibility requirements.
As per 34 CFR 600.9(c), upon request, the institution must document to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) the disclosure process used by the institution to determine the licensure and certification programs and the process for identifying student location. This requires an institution to develop a process for creating, maintaining and reporting on the disclosure of licensure and certification. This requires regular review of licensure and certification information as well as updating information on the website.