Information for International Applicants
The Ohio State University works to provide global access to its online degree programs. While we carefully track issues related to international authorization and licensure, it is a student’s responsibility to understand requirements related to whether an online degree will be recognized in a country other than the United States, how the collection of student data may be used in another country, and whether withholding taxes (in addition to the price of tuition) will apply.
Some countries may not formally recognize foreign online degrees, which may have implications for students who later seek to enroll in other educational programs, or for those who seek employment with that country’s government or other employers requiring specific credentials.
If you’re considering enrolling in an online program that leads to a professional license, contact the appropriate professional licensing board in your country of residence or the country where you intend to work in order to determine whether an online degree from Ohio State will be recognized.
Professional Licensure Information
If you live outside Ohio and are considering enrolling in an online program that leads to a professional license, we highly recommended that you contact the appropriate state licensing agency in your state or the state where you intend to work to seek the most up-to-date information about state licensure requirements before beginning the program. Ohio State makes every effort to ensure licensure information is current; however, licensure regulations are frequently revised.
For licensing board contact information, licensure requirements and program approval status, please see below.
Have questions about professional licensure requirements? Contact the State Authorization team.
Alabama Commission on Higher Education
The Ohio State University is authorized to operate in Alabama through mutual participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Ohio State's approval for institutional participation was granted by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) on September 22, 2015.
Professional Board Licensure
Alabama Board of Nursing
The Alabama Board of Nursing requires faculty teaching online nursing courses to students located in Alabama to be licensed in Alabama. The College of Nursing is not able to meet the Board's requirement for online faculty to be licensed in Alabama at this time. Therefore, The Ohio State University is not offering online nursing programs to students located in Alabama.
Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama
The Ohio State University’s online Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree program is designed for licensed dental hygienists who have earned an associate degree or certificate in dental hygiene from a CODA accredited program. The online Master of Science in Dental Hygiene degree program is designed for licensed dental hygienists who have earned a bachelor’s degree. These programs do not lead to an initial or additional license.
The Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama requires post-licensure dental hygiene programs to be CODA accredited but does not approve programs. Ohio State's online dental hygiene programs are CODA accredited. Therefore, Ohio State may offer those programs to students located in Alabama.
Alabama State Department of Education
The Alabama State Department of Education does not require approval of online out-of-state educator programs and the Board does not have authority over associate degree programs. Therefore, The Ohio State University may offer the online Master of Learning Technologies, Master of Arts in Art Education, Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE), and Core Practices in World Language Education programs to students located in Alabama.
The online ECDE program leads to Associate Licensure in Pre-Kindergarten Education and prepares completers to teach in childcare, pre-schools, and pre-k programs within a school district in Ohio. Alabama does not offer an equivalent associate pre-k certificate. A bachelor's degree is required for pre-k teacher certification in Alabama. However, the online ECDE program could qualify completers for other early childhood roles in Alabama if all other criteria are met.
The online Master of Arts in Art Education, Master of Learning Technologies, and Core Practices in World Language Education programs do not lead to initial or additional teacher licensure or certification in Ohio or Alabama.
Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners
The Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners requires out-of-state online social work programs to be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) but does not approve programs. The Ohio State University's online Master of Social Work degree programs are CSWE accredited. Therefore, Ohio State may offer those programs to students located in Alabama.
Ohio State's online Master of Social Work degree program meets Alabama education requirements to apply for licensure as a Licensed Master Social Worker or as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. However, additional Board requirements must be met before applying for a Master's prepared Social Worker License in Alabama.
The Ohio State University’s online AS to BS in Radiologic Sciences degree completion program is designed for individuals who hold an Associate of Science degree and are certified by the ARRT, NMTCB, or ARDMS. The program prepares completers for the AHRA Certified Radiology Administrator credential exam.
State licensure or certification is not required to work as a radiologic technologist in Alabama.
The Ohio State University's online Assistive & Rehabilitative Technology Certificate (ARTC) program is designed to meet assistive technology training and education requirements for national certification as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) or Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS). Alabama does not require a license to work as an assistive technology professional.
Medical Laboratory Science