Professional Licensure for Distance Learners
The US Department of Education regulations and NC-SARA policies require that Mercer University disclose to students whether a program leading to professional licensure or certification meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in all US states and territories.
All of Mercer's programs that lead to licensure are designed to meet the educational requirements of regulatory authorities in the state of Georgia. While program curricula often meet the requirements of states outside of Georgia, statutes and regulations about licensure vary widely. Many state regulatory bodies recognize only educational credentials from accredited institutions. Information on Mercer University's accreditation can be found here.
Students should understand that educational requirements are just one part of licensure or certification in a profession. Applicants are often required to demonstrate passage of national exams, have applicable work or clinical experience, complete background checks, and pay required fees, etc. Each state board, department, or agency has the ultimate authority and discretion to determine whether professional licensure or certification will be issued.
Annual Review of Disclosures
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness conducts an annual audit in July to ensure that the disclosures are up-to-date. Students are advised that regulations may change however, and Mercer programs may no longer meet educational requirements as a result.
Students who are located in a state where Mercer's programs do not meet educational requirements, or where Mercer has been unable to determine that they meet, are notified during the admission process and at enrollment about licensure issues. Students in Education are notified when they declare a major. Students who move outside of Georgia during their enrollment should change their address with the Registrar to ensure that they receive the proper notifications. Students who intend to seek licensure outside of Georgia and formally communicate that desire to their program director will also receive a notification if licensure issues exist. Finally, all students receive an email every semester that includes professional licensure information as a part of regular HEOA disclosures.
Distance Learning Program Disclosures
The following distance learning programs lead to licensure. Disclosures for all programs, as required by the US Department of Education, are housed on the University Federal Disclosures Site. Students should familiarize themselves with educational requirements prior to enrolling in any program that leads to licensure.