Information for International Applicants
The Ohio State University works to provide global access to its online degree and certificate 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 or certificate 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 and certificates, 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 or certificate from Ohio State will be recognized.
Jan. 28, 2023 Update:
On January 28, 2023, the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE) announced the end to the temporary Covid-related exemption to allow Chinese students to complete their studies online. Effective immediately, students must complete international qualifications in-person and on-campus if they wish to have their degrees certified by the CSCSE.
The CSCSE will no longer provide accreditation services for overseas diplomas obtained in Spring semester 2023 and beyond in which distance learning is used.
Students who are unable to return to The Ohio State University for Spring semester 2023 due to special circumstances are required to keep relevant documentary evidence and provide it along with the student’s application for certification to the CSCSE.
Students may reach out to Caroline Omolesky with the Office of International Affairs at email@example.com or 614-292-6101 to obtain the required documentation. OIA is also prepared to assist students with any questions or concerns they may have regarding the announcement.
The CSCSE has provided answers to the most frequently asked questions they have received.
May 2, 2022 Update:
Ohio State uses a third-party service to grant secure access to many university systems. The service provider has informed Ohio State that it will block authentications originating from countries and regions under economic and trade sanctions from the United States as identified by the Office of Foreign Access Control (OFAC) beginning May 5. Sanctioned countries and regions include Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Crimea region, Sevastopol region, Donetsk region, and Luhansk region.
If you are planning to apply to an Ohio State program and learn online from a country or region subject to economic and trade sanctions, please be aware that you may be unable to access systems needed to learn online through Ohio State.
Professional Licensure Information
If you live outside Ohio and are considering enrolling in an online program that leads to a professional license or certification, we highly encourage you to contact the appropriate state licensing agency in your state or the state in which you intend to work to seek the most up-to-date information about state licensure requirements before enrolling in the program. Ohio State makes every effort to ensure licensure information is current; however, licensure regulations change frequently.
For detailed state licensure information related to an Ohio State program that leads to licensure or certification and licensing board contact information, visit State Authorization for Students.
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).
Professional Board Licensure
Alabama Board of Nursing
Alabama 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 requirement for online faculty to be licensed in Alabama at this time. Therefore, Ohio State is not offering online nursing programs to students located in Alabama.
The online School Nurse Professional Pupil Services Licensure Certificate, School Nurse Wellness Coordinator Certificate, and Registered Nurses in Primary Care Certificate programs are not available to students located outside Ohio at this time.
Completion of the online CCNE-accredited MS in Nursing program, or the MS portion of the online BSN-DNP program, meets educational requirements to sit for national specialty certification in the chosen advanced practice specialty track and to apply for an APN license in Alabama.
Completion of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) specialty track of the online MS in Nursing program meets educational requirements to sit for national CNL certification. A CNL is not prepared as an APRN.
Completion of the online School Nurse Professional Pupil Services Licensure Certificate program is designed to prepare Ohio RNs who hold a bachelor’s degree to meet requirements for a School Nurse Professional Pupil Services License issued by the Ohio Department of Education. Ohio State has not determined whether the program meets school nurse licensure requirements in states other than Ohio.
Completion of the online School Nurse Wellness Coordinator Certificate program is designed to prepare Ohio RNs who hold a master’s degree and a current Ohio School Nurse Professional Pupil Services License for endorsement through the Ohio Department of Education as a School Nurse Wellness Coordinator. Ohio State has not determined whether the program meets School Nurse Wellness Coordinator licensure requirements in states other than Ohio.
Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama
Ohio State may offer the online BS in Dental Hygiene and Master of Dental Hygiene programs to students located in Alabama.
The online BS in Dental Hygiene program is designed for licensed dental hygienists who have earned an associate degree or certificate and does not lead to an initial or additional license.
The online Master of Dental Hygiene program is designed for licensed dental hygienists who have earned a bachelor’s degree and does not lead to an initial or additional license.
Alabama State Department of Education
Ohio State may offer the online Master of Learning Technologies, Master of Arts in Art Education, Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE), Core Practices in World Language Education Certificate, and Advanced Chemistry Knowledge Certificate 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.
Individuals completing the online Advanced Chemistry Knowledge Certificate with the intent to teach a dual or concurrent enrollment course should contact the college or university at which they intend to teach to verify whether completion of the program meets instructor requirements.
The online Master of Arts in Art Education, Master of Learning Technologies, Core Practices in World Language Education Certificate, and Advanced Chemistry Knowledge Certificate programs are not designed to meet educational requirements to apply for initial or additional teacher licensure or certification.
Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners
Ohio State may offer the online CSWE-accredited Master of Social (MSW) program to students located in Alabama.
Completion of the online MSW meets educational requirements to apply for a Master's prepared Social Worker license in Alabama.
The online AS to BS in Radiologic Sciences degree completion program is designed for individuals who hold an AS degree and certification in radiography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine technology, or sonography from the ARRT, NMTCB, or ARDMS.
Completion of the program meets educational requirements to apply for the AHRA Certified Radiology Administrator credential exam. State licensure or certification is not required to work as a radiologic technologist in Alabama.
Medical Laboratory Science
Ohio State’s online MLT to MLS program is designed for individuals who hold an AS degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and ASCP certification as a Medical Lab Technician. Completion of the program meets educational requirements to sit for ASCP MLS certification via Route 2; however, students must also complete a clinical laboratory experience requirement for ASCP MLS certification.
Alabama Board of Pharmacy
Ohio State may offer the online MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a Specialization in Health System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) program to students located in Alabama.
The online MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, HSPA is designed for individuals who are licensed pharmacists, or who are eligible for licensure as a pharmacist, in the state where the individual is located. The program does not lead to an initial or additional license.
Usability and User Experience in Health Care Certificate
The online Usability and User Experience Design certificate program trains individuals in Usability and User Experience (UX) design methods. The program is not designed to lead to national certification. States do not license UX professionals.