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.
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.
Ohio Department of Higher Education
The Ohio State University is authorized to operate in Ohio through passage of a charter by the Ohio legislature in 1870.
Professional Board Licensure
Ohio Board of Nursing
The Ohio State University is authorized to offer the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree completion (RN-BSN), MS in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice (post-master's DNP or BSN-DNP), Nursing in School Health Services Certificate, School Nurse Professional Pupil Services Licensure Certificate, Nurse Educator Certificate, Nurse Coaching Graduate Certificate, School Nurse Wellness Coordinator Certificate, and Registered Nurses in Primary Care Certificate programs to students located in Ohio.
Completion of the online MS in Nursing degree program, or completion of the MS portion of the online BSN-DNP degree program, meets educational requirements to sit for national specialty certification in the chosen advanced practice specialty track. The Ohio Board of Nursing requires APRN license applicants to earn a master's or doctoral degree with a major in a nursing specialty or related field that qualifies the applicant to sit for the certification examination, hold national advanced practice certification, in addition to other requirements. Therefore, completion of the MS in Nursing, or the MS portion of the BSN-DNP, meets educational requirements for APRN licensure in Ohio.
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.
Completion of the online School Nurse Professional Pupil Services Licensure Certificate program prepares 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.
Completion of the online School Nurse Wellness Coordinator Certificate program by Ohio RNs who hold a master's degree and a current Ohio School Nurse Professional Pupil Services License will result in eligibility for endorsement through the Ohio Department of Education as a School Nurse Wellness Coordinator.
Completion of the online Nurse Educator Certificate program meets National League for Nursing eligibility requirements for Ohio nurses with master's or doctoral preparation to take the national certification exam to become a Certified Nurse Educator.
The online Registered Nurses in Primary Care Certificate program educates current Ohio RNs to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care teams. The program is not designed to lead to an additional license or certification.
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.
Ohio State Dental Board
The Ohio State University’s online Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree program is designed for licensed dental hygienists who have previously earned an associate degree or certificate in dental hygiene from a CODA accredited dental hygiene program. The online Master of Science in Dental Hygiene degree program is designed for licensed dental hygienists who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree. These programs are post-licensure programs and do not lead to a new level of licensure.
The Ohio State University is authorized to offer the online Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Master of Dental Hygiene degree programs to students located in Ohio.
Ohio Department of Education
The Ohio State University is authorized to offer the online Master in Learning Technologies, Masters of Art in Art Education, and Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Development and Education degree programs to students located in Ohio.
The online Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Development and Education leads to a Pre-Kindergarten Associate License in Ohio.
The online Master of Arts in Art Education, Masters of Learning Technologies, and Core Practices in World Language Education programs are not designed to lead to initial or additional teacher licensure in Ohio.
Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board
The Ohio State University is authorized to offer the online Master of Social Work degree programs to students located in Ohio.
Ohio State's online Master of Social Work degree program meets Ohio education requirements to apply for licensure as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW). However, additional Board requirements must be met prior to applying for a Master's prepared Social Work License in Ohio.
Ohio Department of 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 Ohio.
The Ohio Department of Health does not require approval to offer the online AS to BS in Radiologic Sciences and Therapy degree completion program to students located in Ohio.
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.
Ohio does not require state licensure or certification to work as a medical laboratory scientist in Ohio.