Professional Licensure Disclosures
Background- Nightingale College (the College) offers two programs that lead to professional licensure within the State of Utah. 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.
State Authorization– Nightingale College is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) which allows the College to provide distance learning programs (both online and in the form of supervised field experiences) and coursework to residents of states other than Utah. NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt the College from state professional licensing requirements. As a result, licensing requirements in Utah may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state.
Relocation– Relocating during the course of a program to another state may impact if the learner can remain in the program, meet the state licensure requirements and/or continue to receive federal funding. Prior to considering relocation, the College encourages learners to contact their program director to discuss authorization and licensure eligibility requirements.
Responsibility of Learners– Learners 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. The College highly recommends that learners 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. Licensure boards may 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 educational requirements for licensure. It is the responsibility of the learner 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.
§668.50(b)(7) Professional Licensure/Certification
The curriculum for programs customarily leading to licensure at Nightingale College have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in Utah as well as preparing learners to apply for the national NCLEX licensure exam. The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. The state professional licensing boards make 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 their application for licensure.
CUSTOMARILY LEADING TO LICENSURE
Learners who receive an Associate or Bachelor of Science degree in nursing are eligible to sit for the national certification exam. If a learner plans to pursue licensure in a state that is considered undetermined in the list below, they are encouraged to contact that state for specific information relative to that state’s nursing practice act. This contact should be made as early as possible after the location decision has been made.
The table below indicates one of three options regarding program licensure for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Associate Degree in Nursing programs: the program meets licensure requirements; the program does not meet the licensure requirements; or a determination has not been made as to whether the program leads to licensure. For these purposes, “states” include the District of Columbia and the US protectorates, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2.
Does Not Meet Requirements
District of Columbia
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Republic of Palau
*Additional licensure requirements may be imposed by individual state boards of nursing. Contact the respective State Board of Nursing for to verify.