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.
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission
The Ohio State University is authorized to operate in the District of Columbia through mutual participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Ohio State's approval for institutional participation in SARA was granted by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) on September 22, 2015.
Professional Board Licensure
District of Columbia Board of Nursing
The Ohio State University is approved by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing to offer the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree completion (RN-BSN) program to students located in the District of Columbia.
Ohio State may enroll students located in the District of Columbia in the online MS in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice (post-master's DNP or BSN-DNP) degree programs; however, students must have District of Columbia Board of Nursing approval prior to beginning a clinical experience and must be licensed in the District of Columbia.
The District of Columbia Board of Nursing does not require approval to offer the online Nursing in School Health Services Certificate, Nurse Coaching Graduate Certificate, or Nurse Educator Certificate programs. Therefore, Ohio State may offer those programs to students located in the District of Columbia. Students completing a clinical placement in the District of Columbia must hold an active D.C. license.
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.
District of Columbia Department of Health (Dentistry)
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 District of Columbia Department of Health requires post-licensure dental hygiene programs to be CODA accredited but does not approve post-licensure programs. Ohio State's online dental hygiene programs are CODA accredited. Therefore, Ohio State may offer those programs to students located in the District of Columbia.
District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education
The District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education does not require approval of online Master of Arts in Art Education, Master of Learning Technologies, Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE), or Core Practices in World Language Education programs. Therefore, The Ohio State University may offer those online educator programs to students located in the District of Columbia.
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. The District of Columbia does not offer an equivalent associate pre-k license. A bachelor’s degree is required for pre-k teacher licensure in the District of Columbia. However, the online ECDE program could qualify completers for other early childhood roles in the District of Columbia.
The online Master of Arts in Art Education, Masters 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 in the District of Columbia.
District of Columbia Department of Health (Social Work)
The District of Columbia Department of Health 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 Social Work degree programs are CSWE accredited. Therefore, Ohio State may offer those programs to students located in the District of Columbia.
Ohio State's online Master of Social Work degree program meets District of Columbia education requirements to apply for licensure as a licensed graduate social worker, licensed independent social worker, or licensed independent clinical social worker. However, additional Department requirements must be met prior to applying for a Master's prepared Social Work License in the District of Columbia.
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 the District of Columbia.
Medical Laboratory Science
The Ohio State University’s online Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) to Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) degree completion program is designed for individuals who hold an Associate of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and ASCP certification as a Medical Lab Technician. Completion of the online MLT to MLS 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.
The District of Columbia does not require district licensure or certification to work as a medical laboratory scientist in D.C.