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What Students Need to Know About Professional Licensure

Many students attend college to earn a certificate and/or degree that prepares them for a specific field: to become a nurse, medical assistant, pharmacy technician or one of the many other occupations regulated by State and/or other government entities. States and other government entities have established standards of practice for the occupations or professions they have chosen to regulate, and they provide legal permission to practice those professions only to individuals who meet those standards. This is called professional licensure: professions for which people need to meet certain criteria in order to practice in that field.

Confirm Your Program Meets Professional Licensure Requirements

Before enrolling in a program intended to satisfy a particular State’s educational requirements for the practice of a particular occupation, students should be assured by the institution that the program actually does meet the requirements of the State in which he or she intends to practice.

Charter College is researching the State-level educational requirements for the practice of particular occupations that are regulated. Please refer to this chart to determine the status of your program in your respective State. This chart is only a guide; it is important that you confirm with the State’s licensing board if you will meet the professional licensure/certification requirements upon graduation from Charter College’s program.

Certifying Boards

Certificate in Dental Assisting: American Dental Association

Certificate in Medical Assistant: American Association of Medical Assistants

Certificate in Pharmacy Technician: Pharmacy Technician Certification Board

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing: National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography: The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology: American Society of Radiologic Technologists

If you are planning to apply for professional licensure/certification in a State other than where the program is offered, please contact that State’s licensing board to determine whether Charter College’s program meets the professional licensure/certification requirements in that State.

If you need additional assistance finding contact information for your State, or if you need additional information regarding professional licensure, please email