Professional Licensure Disclosure
Distance Education Disclosure
PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE DISCLOSURE
Ameritech College of Healthcare offers programs leading to professional licensure within the State of Utah. States vary in what professions they require to be licensed and how licensure functions. Some states require an individual to graduate from an approved program. Others require an individual to “meet [the] certification requirements of a national organization”. A specific amount of training can also be required as well as passage of an exam based on a state requisite exam score. Often, licensed professionals must complete continuing education on an annual basis (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, 2018).
The curriculum for programs customarily leading to licensure at Ameritech College have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in Utah as well as preparing students to apply for licensure exams in the State of Utah. The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Students who intend to return or move to any state other than Utah need to review the professional licensure disclosures pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board. The state professional licensing boards make the ultimate decision as to whether or not an individual will be eligible to sit for licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure.
Per 34 CFR 668.43(c)(3)(ii), institutions must provide the Department of Education with the institutional determination of where the student is located upon request. To achieve this an institution must establish policies or procedures to consistently determine where students are located. Institutions must determine where a student is located both at the time of enrollment in an institution and after receiving information provided by the student indicating that the student’s location has changed.
Ameritech collects location information from students as part of the enrollment process wherein students are asked to provide their physical location. This information is collected every semester.
Relocating during the course of a program to another state may impact if the student can remain in the program, meet the state licensure requirements and/or continue to receive financial aid funding. Prior to considering relocation, please contact the Ameritech Financial Aid office to discuss authorization and licensure eligibility requirements.
Prior to enrolling in any program at Ameritech College, prospective students living and/or working outside of the United States should confirm with the appropriate certifying agency whether successful completion of any degree program at Ameritech will meet the credentialing requirements of the country in which they intend to seek employment, as to certain types of employment or for advanced/specialized educational programs.
Students should review the specific academic requirements for the program in which they are enrolling, including those related to practicum/internship as well as pre-qualifications for licensure such as the need for a criminal background check. We highly recommend that students contact the applicable licensure board(s) in their state of residence or in the state where they intend to obtain a license before beginning an academic program that results in licensure and prior to beginning any internship/practicum.
Many licensure boards have additional requirements beyond successful degree completion to obtain a license. Please be advised that state laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time. Changes in requirements can impact the program’s ability to meet educational requirements for licensure. It is the responsibility of the student completing the licensure program to check with the licensing board(s) in their state of residence or in the state in which they intend to obtain a license for the most recent information and requirements.
Ameritech shall not be held liable if the student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction or cannot obtain a practicum/internship location.
Ameritech is also a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) which allows us to provide distance learning programs (both online and in the form of supervised field experiences) and coursework to residents of states other than Utah. NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt us from state professional licensing requirements. As a result, licensing requirements in Utah may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state.
To assist with the research, NC-SARA provides a Professional Licensure Directory with contact information for all 50 states and 3 territories for Nursing.
The curriculum for programs at Ameritech College are designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in Utah and prepare students to sit for licensure exams in Utah. The various licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state and distance students with intent of returning or moving to any state other than Utah should be aware of the unique requirements for that state.
Please note that should a student choose to enroll in a restricted program in a particular state, there may be restrictions that could affect him/her. Examples could include:
- The student may be unable to sit for local licensing in that state.
- The student may be ineligible for consumer protection in that state.
- The student may not be able to complete field placements (practicum, internship, clinical hours, etc.) in that state. This could affect licensure or recognition of the degree to meet particular requirements in that state.
Prospective students who intend to relocate to a different state at any point after admission to a degree program are advised to review the information below to see if Ameritech’s programs meet the unique requirements for education and licensure in the new state.
If students move during the course of their studies to a state where their program is restricted, they are taking a risk that they may not be able to complete that program or use any of the credit earned in that program should they decide to pursue licensing in that field in that state.
Please note that the risks listed above are not exhaustive. Students should verify with their state’s professional licensing board that their plans are not impacted by these risks.
Click here to see states and territories in which Ameritech degree programs’ curriculums meet state education requirements.
Click here to see states and territories Utah nursing license license would meet the equivalent requirements.
DISTANCE EDUCATION DISCLOSURE
Ameritech College of Healthcare, as a participating member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), is authorized to offer distance programs in all states that participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Approval for institutional participation was granted by the State of Utah Office of Higher Education on March 04, 2020. California is the only state that does not participate in SARA.
SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories in which participating states adhere to established standards offering postsecondary distance education courses and programs. SARA allows students to participate in online courses and online programs in other SARA states with a few restrictions including externship/internships and clinical requirements. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts. For more information and a list of member states, please visit the website.
The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) is the agency designated to serve as the UT SARA portal entity —the Utah point of contact for students and institutions for SARA questions, complaints and other communications. USHE works to ensure complaints against schools are resolved according to state statute as well as NC-SARA policies. If a student has a complaint, the student should begin the complaint process with the institution and if resolution is not found, the student could file a complaint with Utah SARA or complete an online form here.
If a student wishes to contact the state portal entities for his or her home state, contact information for state authorization liaisons in each SARA state can be found on the NC-SARA website. State by state contact information for agencies responsible for receiving student consumer complaints is available online.
DISTANCE EDUCATION AUTHORIZATION
The United States Department of Education regulation 4 C.F.R.§ 600.9(c) requires each state to apply for and receive authorization to provide online/distance education programs to out-of-state students. The authorization requirements, as well the application processes, vary on a state-by-state basis.
Although Ameritech is authorized to deliver distance education in all forty-nine SARA-participating states, some state Boards of Nursing or state Higher Education Commissions have different education and licensure requirements, affecting where Ameritech programs meet requirements for desired licensure in states other than Utah. Although we outline this information below, prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the state Board of Nursing or equivalent licensing board of the state in which they intend to obtain licensure as requirements may be subject to change.