Professional Licensure Disclosure Policy

Background - Meridian Community College (MCC) offers several programs leading to professional licensure within the State of Mississippi.  States vary in what professions they require to be licensed and how licensure functions.  Some states require an individual to graduate from an approved program.  Others require an individual to “meet [the] certification requirements of a national organization”. A specific amount of training can also be required as well as passage of an exam based on a state requisite exam score.  Often, licensed professionals must complete continuing education on an annual basis (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, 2018).

State Authorization - MCC 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.  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.

Location - Per 34 CFR 668.43(c)(3)(ii) outgoing link, 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. 
MCC collects location information from students as part of the registration process wherein students are asked to provide their physical address. 

Relocation - Relocating during the course of a program to another state may impact the student’s enrollment in the program, meet the state licensure requirements, and/or continue to receive financial aid funding.

Students: Prior to considering relocation, please contact your program director or program advisor at MCC to discuss authorization and licensure eligibility requirements. Upon relocation, please complete the MCC Student Change Request Form on the MCC website and contact your program director to receive written notification about authorization and licensure eligibility requirements for your current state of residence. 

International Students - Prior to enrolling in any program at MCC, 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 MCC 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 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. Changes in requirements can impact the program's ability to meet the educational requirements for licensure. It is the responsibility of the student completing the licensure program to check with the licensing board(s) in the student’s state of residence or in the state in which the student intends to obtain a license for the most recent information and requirements. MCC 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.

General Professional Licensure Disclosure - The curricula for programs customarily leading to licensure at MCC have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in Mississippi as well as preparing students to apply for licensure exams in the State of Mississippi. The licensure board in each state is responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for its state. Students who intend to return or move to any state other than Mississippi need to review the professional licensure disclosures pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board. The state professional licensing board makes 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 an application for licensure.

Per Federal Regulation 34 CFR 668.43(aq)(5)(v) outgoing link, there are three categories for professional licensure disclosures for each state  (for these purposes, states include the District of Columbia and US territories, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2) outgoing link:

  • Meets Licensure Requirements
  • Does Not Meet Licensure Requirements
  • No Determination Made


Direct Disclosure - Prior to prospective student enrollment, students are advised if the program meets the student's home state professional licensure/certification pre-education requirements per 34 CFR 668.43 (c) outgoing link.

If a student moves to a different state before completing the course work for a program of study at MCC that leads to professional licensure, the student must notify the program director in writing using the MCC Student Change Request Form on the MCC website.

If the director of the program leading to professional licensure/certification determines the program of study at MCC does not meet the requirements for a state in which an enrolled student is currently located, the student must be notified in writing via email within 14 days of the determination.

MCC Programs Customarily Leading to Professional Licensure/Certification  

  • Associated Degree Nursing
  • Cosmetology/Cosmetology Teacher Training
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Emergency Medical Science Paramedic Technology
  • Emergency Medical Technician  
  • Hair Braiding
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Assisting Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Nail Technician
  • Pharmacy Tech
  • Phlebotomy
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Practical Nursing
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Respiratory Care Technology
  • Surgical Technology

 

For more informationFor more information:
Valerie Bishop, institutional effectiveness
vbishop@meridiancc.edu
601.484.8642