State Authorization and Professional Licensure Programs
The College of Health Education and Professional Studies (CHEPS) provides professional licensure information for current and prospective students who are interested or enrolled in University programs that may lead to professional licensure in the following program areas:
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is a member of NC-SARA (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements) and is approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements which allows UTC to provide distance learning programs (both online and in the form of supervised field experiences) and coursework to residents of states other than Tennessee. NC-SARA provides national leadership over the reciprocity agreements regulation among U.S. member states. In collaboration with four regional compacts and a broad array of higher education stakeholders, NC-SARA helps ensure alignment on core elements and requirements of SARA, supports quality assurance and consumer protections for students, and increases the value of credits earned through education programs.
NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt students from state professional licensing requirements. Each state/territory defines its own requirements for licensing and certification in professional fields. As a result, licensing requirements in Tennessee may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in another state.
Before enrolling in an online/distance education program intended to satisfy a state’s educational requirements for the practice of a particular occupation, students should investigate whether that the program meets the requirements of the state in which he or she intends to practice. To assist students with this research, NC-SARA has created and maintains a Professional Licensure Directory which provides contact information for the 50 United States in the following programs that lead to professional license. While not a comprehensive list, it is intended to provide a starting place for searching and verifying licensure requirements.
The following tables provide an overview of the licensure programs offered at UTC, the accrediting agencies and professional agencies associated with each, the license/certification examinations required, and state requirements and reciprocity, if known.
Please note that the information provided does not guarantee that a state’s licensure or certification officials will approve or deny a candidate’s application. These disclosures do not take into consideration changes in state law or regulations that may impact a candidate’s application for licensure that occur after this disclosure has been made. If you are considering a program that leads to licensure or certification it is strongly recommended that you contact the State’s licensure office or professional agency to review all requirements imposed by the chosen state.
You should also contact the department and/or program director who oversees the academic program you are interested in for additional information about licensure and certification requirements.