What is state authorization?

State authorization allows institutions to conduct certain educational activities outside their home state (for MSUB, outside of Montana). Each state has unique authorization requirements. The US Department of Education requires institutions be authorized to provide education outside their home state. MSU Billings meets this standard through membership in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) which provides a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

Professional Licensure 

NC-SARA has worked with the SARA State Portal Entities (SPEs) and regional compacts to create the Professional Licensure Directory, which provides contact information for five programs that lead to a professional license. This professional licensure directory is general contact information, not regulations or requirements.

This resource will NOT house regulations or requirements. It is exclusively general contact information. We will update the contact information twice annually. We hope that this Professional Licensure Directory helps in your regulatory compliance.

Professional licensure information for students can be found under the Student tab.

Professional Licensure Directory

Physical Location Disclosure

Due to federal and individual state regulations, MSUB is limited in providing online courses and programs to students in certain states and countries. Acceptance into an online program or enrollment in an online course is based on where the student is physically located while taking the course(s). Activities such as completing clinical and internship requirements in a location outside of Montana are also governed by these regulations. Therefore, should an enrolled student CHANGE PHYSICAL LOCATION, he/she must notify the Registrar’s Office at least 3 months in advance. This policy applies to students who are taking online courses in a state/country outside of Montana (study abroad) and students who are planning to complete their clinical coursework or internship in a state/country outside of Montana. 

Student Complaint Information

 

MSU Billings Student Policies & Procedures Handbook

MSU Billings Policy Complaint Process

Montana University System

SARA Portal Agency

 

How will I know if a program meets professional licensure requirements in states other than Montana?

The curriculum for degree programs at MSUB have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in Montana. Licensure requirements vary by state and can often change. The licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state. Distance students with the intent of returning or moving to any state other than Montana should be aware of the unique requirements for that state.

View Professional Licensure Program Information

Successful completion of the MSUB Athletic Training program and National Certification Exam permits students to be eligible for licensure.  Currently, 49 states and the District of Columbia regulate the practice of athletic training. Individuals must be legally recognized by the appropriate state regulatory agency prior to practicing athletic training. The BOC exam is recognized by all Athletic Trainer state regulatory agencies to meet their exam requirement. Compliance with state regulatory requirements is mandatory and the only avenue to legal athletic training practice. Please find additional information from the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers on individual state licensure, certification, and registration.

States for which MSUB’s Athletic Training program meets the educational requirements for licensure:

All – see link above for licensure, certification, and registration details.

States for which MSUB’s Athletic Training program does NOT meet the educational requirements for licensure:

None

States for which MSUB has not yet determined whether the Athletic Training program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification:

None

Licensure is available in 31 states for behavior analysts. See the specific state regulatory information.

States for which MSUB’s Applied Behavior program meets the educational requirements for licensure:

TBD

States for which MSUB’s Applied Behavior program does NOT meet the educational requirements for licensure:

TBD

States for which MSUB has not yet determined whether the Applied Behavior program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification:

All

Students who wish to practice in a state other than Montana will have additional licensing requirements to complete prior to practicing in a state outside of Montana. Prior to enrollment, students should review the lists below to determine whether this program meets the educational requirements in a specific state. It is important to note that all states determine their own requirements. Most states have provisions for individuals, credentialed in Montana, to teach on a temporary basis while they complete the additional requirements needed for a specific state. Each state is responsible for its own certification/licensure requirements. You must contact the office of certification in any state in which you plan to teach to get the most accurate information on certification requirements. For details on reciprocity,  please review the following resource.

For specific state agencies offering educator certification,  please see the professional licensure directory for teacher education. Although each state is different, if you have completed the MSUB teacher preparation program and hold a Montana teaching license, you may qualify for out of state teaching certificates by meeting specific coursework and exam requirements.

 

Professional Board Licensure – Montana Board of Education

 

States for which MSUB’s teacher preparation programs meet the educational requirements for licensure

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • North Dakota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

 

States for which MSUB’s teacher preparation programs do NOT meet the educational requirements for licensure

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington

 

 

States for which MSUB has not yet determined whether the teacher preparation programs meet the educational requirements for licensure or certification

  • Colorado
  • Indiana
  • North Carolina
  • New Mexico
  • Pennsylvania
  • Wisconsin

Students who wish to practice in a state other than Montana will likely have additional licensing requirements to complete prior to practicing in a state outside of Montana. Nursing regulatory boards outline standards for safe nursing care and issue licenses to practice nursing. Prior to enrollment, students should review the lists below to determine whether this program meets the licensing requirements in a specific state. It is important to note that all states determine their own requirements. Nursing has compact state licensing. If the state you are licensed in is a compact state (Montana is), you can take your license and practice as a nurse in any other state which is a compact state without paying for a license in that state. The NCLEX exam is a national test, so you also would not have to retest. Varying continuing education (CEU) hours may apply. See additional information available for nursing licensure from NCSBN Nurse Licensure Compact.

For specific state agencies offering nursing licensure, please see the professional licensure directory for nursing.

States for which MSUB’s Nursing program meets the educational requirements for licensure:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indian
  • Iowa
  • Kansa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

 

States for which MSUB’s Nursing program does NOT meet the educational requirements for licensure:

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington
  • California
  • District of Columbia

 

States for which MSUB has not yet determined whether the Nursing program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification:

  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Vermont

For specific state agencies offering counseling, psychology, and social work licensure, please see the professional licensure directory.

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