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.
South Dakota Secretary of State
The Ohio State University is authorized to operate in South Dakota 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
South Dakota Board of Nursing
The South Dakota Board of Nursing requires faculty teaching online nursing courses to students located in South Dakota to be licensed in South Dakota. The College of Nursing is not able to meet the Board's requirement for online faculty to be licensed in South Dakota at this time. Therefore, The Ohio State University is not offering online nursing programs to students located in South Dakota.
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 South Dakota Board of Nursing requires applicants for an APRN license to complete an accredited graduate or post-graduate nursing degree 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 South Dakota.
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.
South Dakota State 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 South Dakota 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 South Dakota.
South Dakota Department of Education
The South Dakota 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 South Dakota.
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. South Dakota does not offer an equivalent associate pre-K license and does not require licensure for pre-K instructors.
The online Master of Arts in Art Education and Master of Learning Technologies degree programs are not designed to lead to initial or additional teacher licensure or certification.
South Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners
The South Dakota 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 South Dakota.
Ohio State's online Master of Social Work degree program meets South Dakota education requirements to apply for licensure as a Certified Social Worker. However, additional Board requirements must be met prior to applying for a Master's prepared Social Work License in South Dakota.
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 South Dakota.
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.
South Dakota does not require state licensure or certification to work as a medical laboratory scientist in South Dakota.