Professional Licensure Disclosures

Hardin-Simmons University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) which allows us to provide distance learning programs and courses to residents of states other than Texas. NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt us from state professional licensing board requirements. As a result, licensing requirements in Texas may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license or participate in learning placements requiring or leading to licensure in any other state.

Students’ Responsibility

Students should review the specific academic requirements for the program in which they are enrolling, including those related to practicums or internships and pre-qualifications for licensure such as the need for a criminal background check. We highly recommend that students contact the applicable licensure boards 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 or 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 boards in their state of residence or in the state in which they intend to obtain a license for the most recent information and requirements. Hardin-Simmons University shall not be held liable if the student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction or cannot obtain a practicum or internship location.

State Licensing Boards

The curriculum for programs at Hardin-Simmons University customarily leading to licensure have been designed to prepare students to apply for licensure exams in the State of Texas.  The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure or certification for that state. Students who intend to return or move to any state other than Texas need to review the professional licensure disclosures pertaining to their program and consult with the professional licensing board of the relevant state.  The state professional licensing boards make the ultimate decision as to whether 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.

The B.B.A. in Accounting does not by itself meet the licensing requirements of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, which can be found at https://www.tsbpa.texas.gov/. The university does, however, offer the additional coursework required. Consult your advisor and the program page.

Hardin-Simmons University has not determined whether its program meets licensing requirements in states other than Texas. You should consult your program advisor, Shaylee Piland spiland@hsutx.edu, and the licensing board of the state in which you want to work.

The Master of Athletic Training meets the educational requirements for licensure set by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which can be found at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/at/at.htm.

Hardin-Simmons University has not determined whether its program meets licensing requirements in states other than Texas. You should consult your program advisor, David Stuckey dstuckey@hsutx.edu, and the licensing board of the state in which you want to work.

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling meets the educational requirements for licensure with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, which can be found at https://www.bhec.texas.gov/texas-state-board-of-examiners-of-professional-counselors/index.html and the educational requirements for licensure with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, which can be found at https://www.bhec.texas.gov/texas-state-board-of-examiners-of-marriage-and-family-therapists/index.html. After graduation, both licenses require passing the state licensure exam, a state background check, and a board approved supervisor for 3,000 hours of clinical practice.

HSU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program graduates also qualify for licensure as a professional counselor under the laws set by the Louisiana State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (https://www.lpcboard.org/), the New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department Counseling and Therapy Practice (https://www.rld.nm.gov/boards-and-commissions/individual-boards-and-commissions/counseling-and-therapy-practice-overview/), and the Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health (https://www.ok.gov/behavioralhealth/), with the successful completion of a state licensure exam, a state background check, verification of educational experience, and board approved supervisor. In addition, The CACREP approved Clinical Mental Health program meets the educational requirements for 48 states.  You should check with your program advisor and with the professional counselor board of the state in which you want to be licensed.

HSU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program graduates also qualify for licensure as a marriage and family therapist under the laws set by the Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health (https://www.ok.gov/behavioralhealth/), with the successful completion of a state licensure exam, a state background check, verification of educational experience, and board approved supervisor. You should check with your program advisor and with the marriage and family therapist board of the state in which you want to be licensed.

Hardin-Simmons University has not determined whether its program meets licensing requirements in other states.

Hardin-Simmons University’s education programs lead to certification under the standards set by the Texas Education Agency, which can be found at https://tea.texas.gov/texas-educators/certification. The educational requirements for each program can be found on the relevant program page.

The university’s educational programs also lead to certification under the standards set by the Louisiana Department of Education (https://www.louisianabelieves.com/), the New Mexico Public Education Department (https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/contact-us/), and the Oklahoma State Board of Education (https://sde.ok.gov/), with the successful completion of a state exam, a valid certificate, a state background check, verification of experience, and/or educator preparation program verification. You should check with your program advisor and with the education agency of the state in which you want to teach.

Hardin-Simmons University has not determined whether its educational program meets licensing requirements in other states. You should consult your program advisor, Dr. Renee Collins rcollins@hsutx.edu, and the licensing board of the state in which you want to work.

The Bachelor of Nursing meets the educational requirements for licensure set by the Texas Board of Nursing, which can be found at https://www.bon.texas.gov/.

Hardin-Simmons University has not determined whether its program meets licensing requirements in states other than Texas. You should consult your program advisor, Martha Hartranft , and the licensing board of the state in which you want to work.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy meets the educational requirements for licensure set by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, which can be found at https://www.ptot.texas.gov/page/home.

Hardin-Simmons University has not determined whether its program meets licensing requirements in states other than Texas. You should consult your program advisor, Dr. Jacob F. Brewer jbrewer@hsutx.edu, and the licensing board of the state in which you want to work.

The Master of Physician Assistant program meets the educational requirements for licensure set by the Texas Physician Assistant Board, which can be found at https://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/licensing-physician-assistants.

Hardin-Simmons University has not determined whether its program meets licensing requirements in states other than Texas. You should consult your program advisor, Dr. Jennifer Eames jennifer.eames@hsutx.edu, and the licensing board of the state in which you want to work.

For licensure as a bachelor’s level social worker, the LBSW, HSU’s Social Work program meets the educational requirements of the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (https://www.bhec.texas.gov/texas-state-board-of-social-worker-examiners/index.html), the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners (https://www.labswe.org/), the New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners (https://www.rld.nm.gov/boards-and-commissions/individual-boards-and-commissions/social-work/), and the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Social Workers (https://www.ok.gov/socialworkers/).

Hardin-Simmons University has not determined whether its program meets the educational requirements for licensing in other states. You should consult your program advisor, Melissa Milliorn mmilliorn@hsutx.edu, and the licensing board of the state in which you want to work.

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology meets the educational requirements for licensure set by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which can be found at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/slpa/slpa.htm.

Hardin-Simmons University has not determined whether its program meets licensing requirements in states other than Texas. You should consult your program advisor, Dr. Dee Ann Shelton , and the licensing board of the state in which you want to work.