Professional Licensure Disclosures

Professional Licensure Disclosures

Merrimack College offers several programs leading to professional licensure within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. States and other jurisdictions vary in what professions they require to be licensed and the requirements for functions within their borders.

State Authorization

Merrimack is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Membership allows us to provide distance learning programs (both online and in the form of supervised field experiences) and coursework to residents of U.S. states, districts, and territories beyond just Massachusetts. As of April 2020, 49 states (excluding California), the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are members of NC-SARA. NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt students from state professional licensing requirements. As a result, licensing requirements in Massachusetts may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state.

For more information, visit our NC-SARA webpage

Relocation

Should a student relocate during the course of a program to another state, it may impact the student’s ability to remain in the program, meet the state licensure requirements and/or continue to receive financial aid funding. Prior to considering relocation, please contact your program director to discuss authorization and licensure eligibility requirements.

International Students

Prior to enrolling in any program at Merrimack College, prospective students living and/or working outside of the United States should confirm with the appropriate certifying agency whether successful completion of any degree program at Merrimack College will meet the credentialing requirements of the country in which they intend to seek employment, as to certain types of employment or for advanced/specialized educational programs.

Licensing Disclosures

The curricula for programs customarily leading to licensure or certification at Merrimack College have been designed to meet licensure/certification requirements as well as prepare students to apply for licensure exams in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Students who intend to seek licensure or certification in any state other than Massachusetts need to review the professional licensure disclosures pertaining to their program (below) and consult with that state’s professional licensing board. The state professional licensing boards make the ultimate decision as to whether or not an individual will be eligible to sit for licensure within their state.

Students should review the specific academic requirements for the program in which they are enrolling, including those related to practicum/internship, and pre-qualifications for licensure or certification, such as the need for a criminal background check. It is highly recommended that students 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. Many licensure boards 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 student 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. Merrimack College shall not be held liable if the student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction, as all situations are unique and requirements may change.

Currently, Merrimack College is in the process of researching whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure or certification outside the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. See the list below of the professional licensure programs offered at Merrimack College for specific information.

Merrimack College Programs Customarily Leading to Licensure or Certification

Please click on the links below to view program-specific information regarding professional licensure. This will indicate the states for which the institution has determined that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements, the states for which the institution has determined that its curriculum does not meet state licensure or certification requirements, and states for which the institution has not made a determination that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements. For these purposes, states include the District of Columbia and the US protectorates, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2.

Programs Not Listed
If you have questions regarding any program not listed here, please contact our team. For graduate programs, please contact the program director. For undergraduate programs, contact Ainsley Watt, Assistant Vice Provost, Strategic Analysis and Data Management, Office of the Provost.

Girard School of Business

Accounting

Accounting – Girard School of Business

Undergraduate Program
Business Administration, Accounting Concentration, B.S.B.A.
Graduate Program
Master of Science in Accounting
State Licensing Boards and Resources
Program Contact
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements (as of November 2021)
Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum does not meet state licensure or certification requirements (as of November 2021)
Florida, Texas, Washington
States for which the institution has not made a determination that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements (as of November 2021)
All states not mentioned above

Winston School of Education and Social Policy

Administrator Initial License

Administrator Initial License – Winston School of Education and Social Policy

Graduate Programs

M.Ed. in Teacher Education
M.Ed. in Higher Education

State Licensing Boards and Resources
Program Contact
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements

Massachusetts

States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum does not meet state licensure or certification requirements

None

States for which the institution has not made a determination that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements

All states except Massachusetts

Adjustment Counseling Add On License

Adjustment Counseling Add-On License – Winston School of Education and Social Policy

Graduate Program
M.Ed. in School Counseling
State Licensing Boards and Resources
Program Contact
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements
Massachusetts
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum does not meet state licensure or certification requirements
None
States for which the institution has not made a determination that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements
All states except Massachusetts

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Winston School of Education and Social Policy

Graduate Program

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

State Licensing Boards and Resources
Program Contacts
  • Michael Mobley,
    Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Director of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Associate Professor,
    mobleym@merrimack.edu, 978-837-3515
  • Lauren Credi, Administrative Assistant, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, cairniel@merrimack.edu, 978-837-5943
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements

Massachusetts, New Hampshire

States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum does not meet state licensure or certification requirements

None

States for which the institution has not made a determination that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements

All states except Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Criminology and Criminal Justice

MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice – Winston School of Education and Social Policy

Graduate Program
Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice w/Police Academy
State Licensing Boards and Resources
Program Contacts
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements
Massachusetts
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum does not meet state licensure or certification requirements
None
States for which the institution has not made a determination that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements
All states except Massachusetts

School Counseling Initial License

School Counseling Initial License – Winston School of Education and Social Policy

Graduate Program
M.Ed. in School Counseling
State Licensing Boards and Resources
Program Contact
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements
Massachusetts
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum does not meet state licensure or certification requirements
None
States for which the institution has not made a determination that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements
All states except Massachusetts

School Counseling Add On License

School Counseling Add-On License – Winston School of Education and Social Policy

Graduate Program
M.Ed. in School Counseling
State Licensing Boards and Resources
Program Contact
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements
Massachusetts
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum does not meet state licensure or certification requirements
None
States for which the institution has not made a determination that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements
All states except Massachusetts

Teacher Education Initial License

Teacher Education Initial License – Winston School of Education and Social Policy

Undergraduate Program

BA in Teacher Education

Graduate Program

M.Ed. in Teacher Education

State Licensing Boards and Resources
Program Contacts
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum does not meet state licensure or certification requirements

California, Iowa, Kentucky, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia

States for which the institution has not made a determination that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements

None

Teacher Education Add On License

Teacher Education Add-On License in Moderate Disabilities and in English as a Second Language – Winston School of Education and Social Policy

Graduate Program

M.Ed. in Teacher Education

State Licensing Boards and Resources
Program Contacts
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum does not meet state licensure or certification requirements

California, Iowa, Kentucky, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia

States for which the institution has not made a determination that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements

None

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Athletic Training

Athletic Training – School of Health Sciences

Undergraduate Program
BS in Athletic Training
Graduate Program
MS in Athletic Training
State Licensing Boards and Resources
Program Contact
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements
Massachusetts, Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum does not meet state licensure or certification requirements
None
States for which the institution has not made a determination that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements
All other states not identified

Nursing

Nursing – School of Health Sciences

Undergraduate Program
BS in Nursing
State Licensing Boards and Resources
Program Contact
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements
Massachusetts
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum does not meet state licensure or certification requirements
None
States for which the institution has not made a determination that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements
All states except Massachusetts

Professional Nursing Licensure Disclosure

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program within the School of Health Sciences at Merrimack College has received initial approval by the Massachusetts State Board of Registration in Nursing (MA BORN). The BSN Program is in compliance with 244 CMR 6.05: Procedures for the Establishment and Continuing Operation of Nursing Education Programs, and will prepare students to take the national licensure examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN®).  Individuals graduating from the program will meet the requirements for licensure in the state of Massachusetts and will be able to take the NCLEX-RN®. Passing the NCLEX-RN® is a requirement for licensure in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Additional licensure requirements may vary widely from state to state including, but not limited to, the number of required clinical hours, specific coursework, documentation verifying citizenship (i.e. social security number) as well as criminal background checks/fingerprinting. Merrimack College has not yet made a determination of whether the nursing program’s curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure in the remaining 49 states, District of Columbia or U.S. territories. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether Merrimack College’s BSN program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. To obtain the contact information for the nursing professional licensing boards, please go to the following link: https://www.ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm. If you wish to review your state’s Board of Nursing Professional Licensure Requirements please go to the following link: https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm.

Nutrition and Human Performance

MS in Nutrition and Human Performance – School of Health Sciences

Graduate Program

MS in Nutrition and Human Performance
State Licensing Boards and Resources
Program Contact
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum does not meet state licensure or certification requirements
To the best of our knowledge, the following states do not require professional licensure to practice within the profession: Arizona, Michigan
States for which the institution has not made a determination that its curriculum meets state licensure or certification requirements
None