Professional Licensure Disclosures

State Authorization

The University of New Mexico is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) thereby allowing UNM to provide distance learning programs (both online and in the form of supervised field experiences) and coursework to residents of states other than New Mexico. UNM is not exempt from state professional licensure requirements. Licensing or certification requirements in New Mexico may not be adequate to obtain a professional license in other states.

Programs and Licensure

All University of New Mexico professional licensure programs are designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements for the state of New Mexico including preparing students to apply for licensure examinations and/or certification within the state. However, each state and territory has different professional licensure and certification requirements. Additional licensure requirements may include professional examinations, background checks, years of work experience, fingerprinting requirements, etc. Please be advised that state laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time thereby impacting the program’s ability to meet educational requirements for licensure. Should UNM become aware that a professional licensure determination of a program changes so that a program no longer leads to licensure in the state in which the student is located, UNM will advise students within the program within 14 days of making such a determination.

Student Location

The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, specifically 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v) and 34 CFR 668.43(c) require disclosures by institutions regarding educational requirements for providing programs leading to professional licensure or certification. Part of these disclosures require the student’s physical location while participating in the program. Additionally, 34 CFR 600.9(c) requires institutions to determine the State in which a student is located and maintain a record of student locations. In the event of a request from the Department of Education the institution must provide documentation of these student locations as well as how they obtained that information. A student’s location each semester will be determined by the University of New Mexico’s student location policy.


Students who intend to return or move to any state other than New Mexico need to review the professional licensure disclosures pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board since each state professional licensing board for each specific profession makes the ultimate decision as to the eligibility of an individual applying for licensure to sit for a license based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure.

International Students

Before students enroll in any program at UNM, prospective students living and/or working outside of the United States should contact the appropriate certifying agency to confirm if successful completion of any degree program at UNM 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

Professional Licensure Program

A Professional Licensure Program (PLP) or program customarily leading to licensure is an academic program offered by institutions of higher learning designed, marketed and/or advertised to meet educational requirements: (1) for a specific license or certification; and (2) is required for employment in an occupation

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges and universities to communicate publicly and directly to prospective and current students by providing them with a professional licensure disclosure about: (1) academic programs that will not fulfill educational requirements for a specific professional licensure that is required for employment in that field; and (2) academic programs that do not meet the education requirements for licensure or for which an institution cannot determine if the program meets the education requirements for each state and U.S. territory for all delivery modes of the program.

Purpose of The Professional Licensure Disclosure Page

This page helps connect prospective students, applicants, and current students to professional licensure information.

To view UNM’s PLP, review the table list below. Clicking on a program’s link will redirect you to the program’s webpage where you will find additional information about the preparation provided by the program including the following specific disclosure:

  • The program does meet licensure in each state.
  • The program does not meet the requirements for licensure in each state.
  • A determination cannot be made as to whether the program leads to licensure in each state.

For those purposes states include the District of Columbia and the U.S. protectorates, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2

The program webpage also has contact information for program personnel that can help answer specific questions in this regard and who will do their best to help connect you the credentialing requirements of the state in which you aspire to practice.

Programs Not Listed- If you have questions regarding any program not listed on the Professional Licensure page, please contact the Director of the College within which the program resides.


Additional Individual Licensure Disclosures

The following individual disclosures are being sent out as indicated below:

  • 668.50(c)(1)(i)
    • Prior to prospective student enrollment, students are being advised as to what determination has been made in terms of whether the program meets the student’s home state PLC pre-education requirements
  • 668.50(c)(1)(ii)(A)
    • Each enrolled and prospective student is receiving a notice of any adverse actions filed against the institution by a state or accrediting agency: 30-day notification
  • 668.50(c)(1)(ii)(B)
    • Each enrolled and prospective student is being advised is a program in which they are enrolled ceases to meet PLC pre-education requirements the specific state in which the student is located: 14-day notification

National Entities (Licensing Boards or Accreditors)

Due to state sovereignty, state professional licensing boards have unique standards for occupations that require either licensure or certification. Occupational licensing laws establish these standards “which may include specific education or training, work experience, examinations, background checks and professional organization membership requipments. To become licensed, prospective licensees must demonstrate that they meet all the required professional standards and pay the registration and licensing fees. Across the United States, over 1,000 different occupations require occupational licensing. After becoming licensed, those who obtain a license agree to adhere to a strict professional code of conduct and are monitored as well as typically required to undertake ongoing training along with reporting.