Revisiting Professional Licensure Disclosures One Year Later
It has been just over a year since new federal regulations went into effect surrounding professional licensure disclosures.
Transparency in this area informs students whether completion of an Ohio State program will satisfy the educational requirements necessary to apply for licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio.
The state authorization team's work continues as we perform the essential research on Ohio State’s programs and state licensure requirements. There’s no better time to ensure the Ohio State community is aware of the importance of compliance with these regulations. In summary, these disclosure rules require institutions to disclose licensure information to current and prospective students, regardless of whether a program is offered online or on campus
It is essential for students to understand how their location may impact their eligibility to apply for licensure or certification prior to beginning a licensure program at Ohio State. A student’s eligibility to seek licensure or certification required in a state can be impacted if they relocate. As students become increasingly mobile, it is important for Ohio State to increase student awareness of these licensure requirements.
What is Ohio State disclosing?
Specifically, an institution must disclose states in which:
- a program meets educational requirements for licensure or certification,
- a program does not meet educational requirements for licensure or certification, and
- the institution has not determined whether the program meets educational requirements for licensure of certification.
The Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) researches and maintains licensure disclosure information for all 50 states on two central disclosure websites:
- Online program disclosures are located at go.osu.edu/disclosures
- On-campus program disclosures are located at go.osu.edu/onground
Compliance requires the support and participation of every Ohio State unit that offers a licensure or certification program, regardless of whether these programs are offered online or on campus.
Units must share links to disclosures on their websites and send direct disclosures to prospective students.
Public Web Disclosures
Units that offer licensure or certification programs should post a link to the central ODEE disclosure page on the program website maintained by the unit. Units can use the ODEE web disclosure template language, which includes the link.
Direct Email Disclosures
- If the program’s curriculum does not meet state educational requirements where the prospective student is located or no determination has been made, units are required to share a direct disclosure with the prospective student prior to the student making a financial commitment.
- If the program’s curriculum does not meet the state educational requirements in the location where an enrolled student is located, units are required to share a direct disclosure with the student within 14 calendar days of the institution making that determination.
Templates for these disclosures are available for programs to develop these resources.
How you can help
ODEE continues to prioritize and complete state licensure research for programs that lead to professional licensure or certification. Prioritization is based on the number of program enrollments.
Units should annually review the inventory list of programs that lead to professional licensure. If there is a program missing from this list within your unit, please let us know so that it can be added. It is important for this list to be comprehensive so that Ohio State continues to maintain compliance with these federal regulations.
If you have questions about professional licensure disclosures or any other aspect of state authorization, please contact our team at ODEE-StateAuth@osu.edu.