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Professional Licensure Disclosures

Professional Licensure Disclosure by Program

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), and the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), Bethel University provides information pertaining to professional licensure in correlation with programs offered through the institution. Curriculum for programs at Bethel University that customarily lead to a professional licensure or certification are designed to meet the licensure requirements for the State of Tennessee.

Bethel University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) which allows us to provide distance learning programs (both online and in the form of supervised field experiences) and coursework to residents of states other than Tennessee. NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt us from state professional licensing requirements. As a result, licensing requirements in Tennessee may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state. Therefore, it may be necessary for you to contact the licensing agency directly to find out if a Bethel University program will meet educational requirements.

Although many of Bethel University’s programs meet all or a portion of the "educational" requirements for licensure in other States and territories, the licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Some states require an individual to graduate from an approved program, while other state licensing boards may require additional requirements beyond education. Additional requirement may include (but are not limited to): certification requirements of a national organization, additional post-graduation examinations or experience, application and licensing fees, criminal background checks, reference checks, fingerprint submissions, etc. A specific amount of training can also be required as well as passage of an exam based on a state requisite exam score. Often, licensed professionals must also complete continuing education on an annual basis.

Bethel University periodically reviews individual state requirements in an attempt to assist students by providing an initial assessment and guidance. However, professional licensure is generally regulated at the state level, and it is usually necessary to obtain a separate license for each State in which one wishes to practice. State professional licensing boards make the ultimate decision as to whether 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. Bethel University shall not be held liable if the student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction or cannot obtain a practicum/internship location.

Before you begin your chosen licensure program

Do you have intent on being licensed outside the State of Tennessee? If so, do the following:

  1. Review the licensing information provided for the applicable program(s) and for U.S. States and territories licensing requirements below
  2. Contact your academic advisor to discuss our program’s curriculum
  3. Contact the appropriate licensing agency in the U.S. States and territories where licensure is intended. This will enable you to obtain the most up-to-date information about licensure requirements and confirm how a Bethel University program facilitates those requirements.

The hyperlinks above, as well as those included in each program’s licensure disclosure lists, lead to websites created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links are provided for the user’s convenience. Bethel University does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Furthermore, the inclusion of these hyperlinks is not intended to reflect their importance or to endorse the organizations sponsoring the websites. The inclusion of these hyperlinks is also not intended to endorse the views expressed, or the products or services offered, on the websites. Please note that privacy policies on these websites may differ from the those on Bethel University’s website.

Nursing License Disclosure

Nursing License Disclosure (PDF)

Physician Assistant Licensure Disclosure

In order to obtain national certification via the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), an individual must pass NCCPA’s Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). To be eligible for NCCPA’s PANCE, an individual must have graduated from a physician assistant program that is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) at the time of graduation. Additional information regarding PANCE eligibility requirements may be found at

Bethel University’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies curriculum meets the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants’ (NCCPA) requirements for graduates to be eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and state licensure requirements for graduates to apply for licensure in all 50 states and all U.S. territories. Bethel University’s Physician Assistant Program is currently accredited by the ARC-PA. The program will monitor the NCCPA and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) websites for changes in these requirements.

Each individual state governs the practice of medicine and the issuance of medical licenses within that state. Therefore, the rules, regulations, and specific requirements for procuring a license to practice as a physician assistant will vary from state to state. The state specific rules and regulations governing the issuance of a license to practice as a physician assistant for all states are below (listed by state) and can be found at

The State Licensing Requirements should indicate if the program curriculum Meets the requirements in these states and US Territories, Does NOT Meet the requirement in these states and US Territories or Undetermined if the program has not yet determined if the curriculum requirements are met for these states and US Territories.

Physician Assistant Licensure Disclosure (PDF)

Teaching Licensure Disclosure

Teaching Licensure Areas:
Interdisciplinary Elementary Education
Special Education / Exceptional Learning and Development Interventionist
Secondary Subject Areas (grades 6-12 - Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics)
Music (Vocal/General and/or Instrumental)
Physical Education
Instructional Leadership
Initial Licensure
Leadership Excellence
Practitioner Licensure (initial licensure)

Bethel University College of Arts and Sciences Division of Education

Teaching licensure reciprocity is complex, and many states have specific requirements that must be met to earn a full teaching credential. Bethel University's Educators Preparation Program (EPP) is a regionally accredited and approved by the State of Tennessee. As such, our program fulfills the education requirement for all 50 states. In addition to educational requirements, State Departments of Education require successful completion of a variety of exams along with additional requirements.

Teaching License Disclosure (PDF)