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The University of Tampa offers several programs leading to professional licensure within the state of Florida and is committed to providing accurate information to all students to aid in career planning. States vary in what professions they require to be licensed and how licensure is obtained. Some states require an individual to graduate from an accredited or approved program. Other states may require an individual to complete additional coursework, fieldwork or training, as well as successful completion of a state licensing exam.

Accreditation

As a participating institution, UT must maintain appropriate accreditation and meet academic and financial requirements designed to protect and benefit students. UT is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. 

State Authorization

UT participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which allows us to provide distance learning programs and coursework to residents of states other than Florida. NC-SARA participation does not grant reciprocity or exempt us from state professional licensing requirements. Therefore, licensing requirements in Florida may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in another state.

Relocation

Relocation of a student to another state during the course of a program may impact the student’s ability to remain in the program, meet the state licensure requirements and/or continue to receive financial aid funding. Prior to considering relocation, please contact your academic advisor to discuss authorization and licensure eligibility requirements. 

International Students

Prior to enrolling in any program at The University of Tampa, 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 The University of Tampa 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.

Student Responsibility

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. 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.  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.

UT 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.

UT Programs Customarily Leading to Licensure

Accounting

Aspiring Certified Professional Accountants (CPAs) can start taking the CPA exam after completing 120-semester hour credits of which 24 semester hours must be in upper-division accounting and 24 semester hours in upper-division general business, including three semester hours in business law. However, to be certified, the State of Florida requires 150 semester credit hours of which 30 semester hours must be in upper-division accounting (Acc 202 and 203 do not count toward the 30 hours of upper division accounting) and 36 semester hours in business courses of which 21 hours must be in upper-division business courses, including three semester hours of business law. To be licensed as a CPA, applicants must pass the CPA exam within an 18-month rolling period and have one year of certified work experience.

Disclosure

The licensure boards in each state establish the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. We strongly encourage students and prospective students to contact the licensing body in the state where they plan to practice for information about licensure and certification requirements.

The undergraduate accounting program curriculum at The University of Tampa does not meet the state of Florida’s educational requirements for licensure or certification since a B.S. in Accounting from UT requires only 24 hours of upper-division accounting. To meet the state’s licensure and certification requirements, applicants can either complete the M.S. in Accounting program or otherwise complete six additional semester hours in upper-division accounting and at least five hours of upper division business courses (upper division accounting courses in excess of 30 hours count toward the upper division business course hours requirement) to fulfill the 150 semester credit hours requirement. 

The graduate program curriculum meets the state of Florida’s educational requirements for licensure and certification. All UT B.S. in Accounting majors who meet the matriculation requirement can apply for the master’s in accounting program. Non-UT undergraduates must have an undergraduate degree in accounting and/or have completed all prerequisite courses: Intermediate Accounting I, Intermediate Accounting II, Cost Accounting, Federal Tax Accounting I, Auditing and Attestation, Accounting Information Systems, and Business Law and Social Responsibility.            

Athletic Training

The  athletic training major is designed to offer the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for a student to become eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) national examination.

The University of Tampa is committed to providing accurate information to all students to aid in career planning. The UT program in athletic training prepares students to practice in a field with professional licensure or certification available. However, specific licensure and certification requirements can vary by state. 

Currently, 49 states and the District of Columbia regulate the practice of athletic training. Individuals must be legally recognized by the appropriate state or district regulatory agency prior to practicing athletic training. The BOC examination is recognized by all athletic trainer regulatory agencies to meet their examination requirement. Compliance with state regulatory requirements is mandatory and the only avenue to legal athletic training practice. The state of California does not regulate the practice of athletic training at this time.

By virtue of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accreditation, The University of Tampa’s athletic training programs offer a curriculum necessary to meet these regulatory requirements in all 50 states (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY).

There are no states for which UT has determined that the Athletic Training program does not meet the requirements to sit for national certification exams.

There are no states for which UT has not made a determination about whether the Athletic Training program curriculum meets the requirements to sit for national certification exams.

It is the individual graduate’s responsibility to apply for, complete and pass the BOC examination either in their final term of the athletic training program or after graduation. It is the individual graduate’s responsibility to apply for and meet all regulatory requirements for the state or district in which they choose to practice as an athletic trainer.

Education

The University of Tampa offers several teacher and administrator preparation programs that lead to professional licensure in the state of Florida. Specifically, the curriculum for the following programs are approved by the Florida Department of Education and lead to initial licensure:

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (K-6)/ESOL/Reading
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (K-12)
  • Bachelor of Science in English Education (6-12)/ESOL
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Science Education (6-12)/ESOL
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology Education (6-12)/ESOL
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education (6-12)/ESOL
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education (K-12)
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership

All students enrolled in these programs must successfully complete their program of study and successfully pass  all components of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) or the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE) prior to graduation.

UT has made no determination that its curriculum meets the requirements for teacher licensure or certification in other states. While we make every effort to ensure information about educational requirements for teacher licensure or certification in other states is current, other state requirements may change. Separate from educational requirements, state licensure boards may require applicants to complete professional examinations, background checks, years of professional experience, etc. Accordingly, if you are planning to pursue professional teacher licensure or certification in a state other than Florida, it is strongly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information regarding licensure or certification requirements before beginning an academic program.

For educational requirements for licensure and program approval status in another state, please select a state from the dropdown list below:


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The UT nursing program prepares students to practice in a field with professional licensure or certification available. However, specific licensure and certification requirements can vary by state.

The BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing. The BSN program will meet the educational eligibility criteria for the National Council for Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for obtaining a license to practice as a registered nurse in Florida. By virtue of CCNE accreditation, the nursing program offers a curriculum necessary for licensure in all 50 states (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY).

There are no states for which UT has determined that the BSN nursing program does not meet the requirements to sit for national certification exams.

There are no states for which UT has not made a determination about whether the BSN nursing program curriculum meets the requirements to sit for national certification exams.

It is the individual graduate’s responsibility to apply, complete and pass the NCLEX-RN licensure exam after graduation. It is the individual graduate’s responsibility to apply for state licensure and meet all requirements for the state in which they choose to practice as a registered nurse.

Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Information:

As Florida is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), nurses with an RN license in the state of Florida may additionally apply for a compact license to be eligible to practice in 34 U.S. states without obtaining additional licenses for those states: AL, AZ, AR, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MS, MO, MT, NE, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV, WI and WY.

States currently pending NLC legislation include AK, CA, GU, IL, MA, MI, MN, PA, RI and VT.

States and territories that are not part of the NLC include AS, CNMI, CT, DC, HI, NV, NY, OH, OR, VI and WA.

The most up-to-date information on the NLC can be found on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.

Master of Science in Nursing

The UT nursing program prepares students to practice in a field with professional licensure or certification available. However, specific licensure and certification requirements can vary by state. 

The MSN and PMC programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). By virtue of CCNE accreditation, the MSN nursing program offers a curriculum necessary for eligibility to sit for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and/or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board (AANPCB) national certification exams in all 50 states (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY).

There are no states for which UT has determined that the MSN nursing program does not meet the requirements to sit for national certification exams.

There are no states for which UT has not made a determination about whether the MSN nursing program curriculum meets the requirements to sit for national certification exams.

MSN graduates must successfully complete a national certification examination to be eligible for advanced practice licensure in the state of Florida. It is the individual graduate’s responsibility to apply for the national certification exam, if required by a state’s advance practice licensure regulations, and meet all requirements for the state in which they choose to practice as an APRN.

Master of Physician Assistant Medicine

The UT physician assistant medicine program prepares students to practice in a field with professional licensure or certification available. However, specific licensure and certification requirements can vary by state. 

All 50 states require graduation from an ARC-PA accredited program and certification following successful completion of the  Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) as conditions for initial PA licensure. By virtue of its ARC accreditation, The University of Tampa’s PA program offers a curriculum necessary for licensure in all 50 states (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY).

There are no states for which UT has determined that the PA program does not meet the requirements to sit for national certification exams.

There are no states for which UT has not made a determination about whether the PA program curriculum meets the requirements to sit for national certification exams.

It is the individual graduate’s responsibility to apply, complete and pass the PANCE licensure exam after graduation. It is the individual graduate’s responsibility to apply for state licensure and meet all requirements for the state in which they choose to practice as a licensed physician assistant.