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.
Puerto Rico Council on Education
The Ohio State University is authorized to operate in Puerto Rico 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
Puerto Rico Board of Nursing Examiners
The Ohio State University is researching Puerto Rico Board of Nursing Examiners requirements to offer online nursing programs to students located in Puerto Rico.
The online Nursing in School Health Services Certificate program prepares completers 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).
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. The program is not designed to meet school nurse licensure requirements in states other than Ohio.
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. The program is not designed to meet School Nurse Wellness Coordinator licensure requirements in states other than Ohio.
The online Registered Nurses in Primary Care Certificate program is designed to educate 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.
Puerto Rico Dental Board
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 Puerto Rico Dental Board requires post-licensure dental hygiene programs to be CODA accredited but does not require program approval. Ohio State's online dental hygiene programs are CODA accredited. Therefore, Ohio State may offer those programs to students located in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico Department of Education
The Puerto Rico Department of Education does not require approval of online out-of-state educator programs but does require U.S. programs to be accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Because the programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 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 and World Language Education program to students located in Puerto Rico.
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. Puerto Rico does not offer an equivalent associate pre-K teacher certificate. A bachelor's degree is required for pre-K teacher certification in Puerto Rico. However, the online ECDE program could qualify completers for other early childhood roles in Puerto Rico if all other criteria are met.
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 or certification in Ohio or Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico Board of Professional Social Workers
The Puerto Rico Board of Professional Social Workers does not require approval to offer online social work programs to students located in Puerto Rico. Therefore, The Ohio State University may offer the online Master of Social Work degree program to students located in Puerto Rico.
Completion of the online Master of Social Work program meets Puerto Rico education requirements to apply for a Social Work Professional Permanent License by Master's degree. However, an individual must meet additional Board requirements to be eligible for a Master's prepared Social Work License in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico Department of Health Radiologic Health Division
The Ohio State University is researching requirements to offer online Radiologic Sciences programs to students located in Puerto Rico.
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 Puerto Rico at this time.
Ohio State has not determined whether completion of the MLT to MLS program meets educational requirements for licensure as a medical technologist in Puerto Rico.