Background

The University of Southern Mississippi offers several programs leading to professional licensure within the State of Mississippi.

Authorization for Distance Learning

USM is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (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 Mississippi.

Professional Licensure

NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt us from state professional licensing requirements. As a result, licensing requirements in Mississippi may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state.
The University of Southern Mississippi (hereinafter referred to as “USM”) cannot determine the applicability of program coursework to satisfy licensing requirements outside of Mississippi. Our programs and coursework are designed to meet the licensure requirements of licensing entities within Mississippi.

Recommended Approach to Licensing Requirements Verification

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

Specific Program Requirements

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.

Assistance with Licensure

Students may contact professionallicensure@usm.edu for assistance in identifying contact information for licensing boards in their state.

Acknowledgment

By checking the box when you apply for admission, you acknowledge that you understand and accept the statements in this Professional Licensure Disclosure and Acknowledgement, waive your right to hold USM liable for licensure issues, and will or already have contacted the licensing board in the state in which you intend to become licensed.