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.
Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner
The Ohio State University is authorized to operate in Rhode Island 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
Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education
The Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education requires faculty teaching online nursing courses to students located in Rhode Island to be licensed in Rhode Island. The College of Nursing is not able to meet the Board's requirement for online faculty to be licensed in Rhode Island at this time. Therefore, The Ohio State University is not offering online nursing programs to students located in Rhode Island.
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 chosed advanced practice specialty track. The Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education requires applicants for an APRN license to complete an accredited APRN graduate or post-graduate program and hold national advanced practice certification, in addition to other requirements. Therefore, completion of the CCNE-accredited MS in Nursing, or the MS portion of the BSN-DNP, meets educational requirements for APRN licensure in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Board of 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 Rhode Island Board of Dentistry requires post-licensure dental hygiene programs to be CODA accredited but does not approve programs. Ohio State's online dental hygiene programs are CODA accredited. Therefore, Ohio State may offer those programs to students located in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Department of Education
The Rhode Island Department of Education does not require approval of online out-of-state educator programs. Therefore, 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 in World Language Education programs to students located in Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island Department of Education must issue a student teacher permit before a student begins a practicum in a Rhode Island public school, state approved special education program, or state-funded pre-kindergarten program.
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. Rhode Island does not offer an equivalent associate pre-k certificate. A bachelor’s degree is required for pre-k teacher certification in Rhode Island. However, the online ECDE program could qualify completers for other early childhood roles in Rhode Island, such as a teacher assistant in a Rhode Island public school, 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 do not lead to initial or additional teacher licensure or certification in Ohio or Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Board of Social Work Examiners
The Rhode Island Board of Social Work Examiners 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 of Social Work degree programs are CSWE accredited. Therefore, Ohio State may offer those programs to students located in Rhode Island.
Ohio State's online Master of Social Work degree program meets Rhode Island education requirements to apply for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. However, additional Board requirements must be met prior to applying for a Master's prepared Social Work License in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island Department of Health does not require approval to offer the online AS to BS in Radiologic Sciences degree completion program to students located in Rhode Island.
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.
Rhode Island does not require state licensure or certification to work as a medical laboratory scientist in Rhode Island.