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.
California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
The California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education does not regulate out-of-state public institutions. Therefore, Bureau approval for The Ohio State University to offer distance education programs to students located in California is not required.
Professional Board Licensure
California Board of Registered Nursing
The California Board of Registered Nursing does not require approval of out-of-state online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree completion (RN-BSN), post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (post-master's DNP), Nursing in School Health Services Certificate, Nurse Coaching Graduate Certificate, and Nurse Educator Certificate programs. Therefore, the Ohio State University may offer those programs to students located in California.
Ohio State is researching requirements to offer the online MS in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP) degree programs to students located in California.
The online Nursing in School Health Services Certificate program prepares students to administer school health services; however, it does not lead to School Nurse licensure.
The online Nurse Coaching Graduate Certificate program prepares completers who hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing and meet other requirements to seek certification as a Nurse Coach Board Certified (NC-BC) from the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation.
The online Nurse Educator Certificate program prepares nurses with master's or doctoral preparation to take the national certification exam to become a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).
Ohio State is not offering the online School Nurse Professional Pupil Services Licensure Certificate, School Nurse Wellness Coordinator Certificate, or Registered Nurses in Primary Care Certificate programs to students located outside Ohio at this time.
Dental Board of California
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 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 Dental Board of California does not regulate post-licensure online dental hygiene programs. Therefore, Ohio State may offer the online Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Master of Science in Dental Hygiene degree programs to students located in California.
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing does not require approval to offer programs that do not lead to a PK-12 teacher credential. Because the programs do not lead to a PK-12 teacher credential in California, The Ohio State University may offer the 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 California.
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. California does not offer an equivalent associate pre-k credential. A bachelor’s degree is required for a pre-k teacher credential in California. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing could not confirm whether completion of the online ECDE program could qualify completers for a Child Development Permit. The Commission evaluates a complete application packet before making a determination of eligibility for a Child Development Permit. The online ECDE program could qualify completers for other early childhood roles in California if all other criteria are met.
California Board of Behavioral Sciences
The California Board of Behavioral Sciences 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 Master of Social Work degree programs are CSWE accredited. Therefore, Ohio State may offer those programs to students located in California.
Ohio State's online Master of Social Work degree program meets California education requirements for licensure as an Associate Clinical Social Worker or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. However, additional Board requirements must be met prior to applying for a Master's prepared Social Work License in California.
California Department of Public Health (Radiologic Sciences)
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 but does not lead to an initial or additional license in California.
The California Department of Health does not require approval to offer the online AS to BS in Radiologic Sciences degree completion program to students located in California.
California Department of Public Health (Medical Laboratory Science)
The Ohio State University is not offering the online Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) to Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) degree completion program to students located in California at this time.