Each state has different professional licensure and certification requirements. LSU ensures its educational programs meet the requirements of the various accrediting agencies and works to confirm if programs meet the educational prerequisites of their specific professional licensure or certification outside the state of Louisiana. Other licensure requirements outside the state of Louisiana may include professional examinations, background checks, years of work experience, fingerprinting requirements, etc. Students who are considering an academic program that may allow them to pursue professional licensure in their state are strongly encouraged to check their state’s information and contact the appropriate licensing agency to seek information and additional guidance before beginning a program outside of their state.
This page was created as a starting point to help connect prospective students, applicants, and current students to this information. By clicking on the program of interest below, you will be redirected to the program’s webpage where you will find additional information about the preparation provided by the program. The program webpage also has contact information for program personnel that can help answer specific questions in this regard and who will do their best to help connect you to the credentialing requirements of the state in which you aspire to practice.
Students who plan to pursue licensure outside of Louisiana should be aware that state licensure requirements are subject to changes. Licensure information is reviewed and updated on this site in May of each year. While a program may originally meet the educational requirements for licensure, changes in requirements could impact the program's ability to meet any new educational requirements. Students should always check with their state licensure board to confirm licensure requirements.
Important note for relocating during the course of a program: Prospective and current students should keep in mind that licensing and authorization requirements vary by state and that relocating during the course of a program to another state could impact whether that student can continue in the course, meet the eligibility requirements of that state, and/or receive financial aid funding. If students are considering relocating, they should contact their program’s advisor to check for authorization and licensure eligibility requirements.
For information on the institutional process for filing distance education appeals as well as contact information for each state's SARA portal, please visit the Complaint Procedures website.