Professional Licensure Disclosures


Thomas More University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional accreditation body recognized by the US Department of Education. For more information, visit the Thomas More University Accreditation website.


Kentucky is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA or SARA). Thomas More University is approved by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to offer distance education programs to students in other SARA member states. These include 49 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The non-SARA states and territories are California, American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau. NC-SARA membership neither recognizes nor supports reciprocity for state licensing educational requirements.  As a result, licensing requirements in Kentucky may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state.


All institutions that participate in Title IV federal programs are required to provide a general disclosure to prospective and enrolled students of professional licensure programs. This policy is in accordance with federal code amendment 34 CFR–PART §668.1176b. Institutional information which is effective as of October 28, 2021, and the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) rules listed in the NC-SARA Manual 21.1.

Thomas More University is a member of NC-SARA. States join SARA and agree to follow their processes. Institutions within these states who are approved to become members also follow policies to help protect students who are enrolled in online programs, online courses, hybrid courses, face-to-face courses, professional licensure programs, and internships. 

Students from outside the Commonwealth of Kentucky, who are considering a program of study that may lead to professional license, should contact the appropriate licensing agency in their state of residence before beginning a course of study. Please note, Thomas More University has made no determination for any state or territory other than the state of Kentucky.

Before a student makes a financial commitment to a professional licensure program, the student will receive a Direct Disclosure document based on their current location. The student must sign the disclosure as confirmation of receipt of the document. 

NC-SARA Terminology definitions can be found at the following link: 
NC-SARA Manual 21.1.


The School of Education at Thomas More University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Bachelor of Arts programs in Elementary, Middle School, and Secondary Education, and the Master of Arts in Teaching meet the educational requirements for teacher certification in Kentucky. There are additional certification requirements to obtain teacher certification that all students must meet. Graduates who apply for licensure may need to satisfy other requirements, such as completing an application, paying a fee, additional coursework, and passing associated state licensure exams. The Education Department will work with individuals who wish to be licensed for teaching in other states but cannot guarantee that the University is able to provide all requirements. 


Thomas More University School of Nursing’s baccalaureate program in nursing is approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Licensure in the United States is regulated by individual regulatory bodies known as State Boards of Nursing. These state boards join in an independent organization known as the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to act together on areas of common interest including the development of the nursing licensure examinations. Individual state boards of nursing determine requirements for those practicing nursing within their states. The components of the licensure process include verification of graduation from an approved pre-licensure RN program and verification of successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program meets the educational requirements in preparation for the NCLEX licensure exam and are then eligible to apply for an RN in the state of their choice. There are additional requirements to obtain an RN license in Kentucky that all students must satisfy. States vary on required additional requirements, training, and documentation.

Professional Licensure Boards and Programs by State

StateEducationNursingNo DeterminationMeets Requirements
AlabamaAlabama State Department of EducationAlabama Board of NursingX
AlaskaAlaska Department of Education and Early DevelopmentAlaska Board of NursingX
ArizonaArizona Department of EducationArizona State Board of NursingX
ArkansasArkansas Educator Licensure SystemArkansas State Board of NursingX
CaliforniaCalifornia Commission on Teaching CredentialingCalifornia Board of Registered NursingX
ColoradoColorado Department of EducationColorado Board of NursingX
ConnecticutConnecticut Department of EducationConnecticut Board of Examiners for NursingX
DelawareDelaware Department of EducationDelaware Board of NursingX
District of ColumbiaDC Office of the State Superintendent of EducationDC Board of NursingX
FloridaFlorida Department of EducationFlorida Board of NursingX
GeorgiaGeorgia Professional Standards CommissionGeorgia Board of NursingX
HawaiiHawaii Teacher Standards BoardHawaii Board of NursingX
IdahoIdaho State Department of EducationIdaho Board of NursingX
IllinoisIllinois State Board of EducationIllinois Department of Financial and Professional RegulationX
IndianaIndiana Department of EducationIndiana State Board of NursingX
IowaIowa Board of Educational ExaminersIowa Board of NursingX
KansasKansas State Department of EducationKansas Nursing BoardX
KentuckyKentucky Department of EducationKentucky Board of NursingX
LouisianaLouisiana Department of EducationLouisiana State Board of NursingX
MaineMaine Department of EducationMaine State Board of NursingX
MarylandMaryland Department of EducationMaryland Board of NursingX
MassachusettsMassachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationMassachusetts Board of Regulation in NursingX
MichiganMichigan Department of EducationMichigan Board of NursingX
MinnesotaMinnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards BoardsMinnesota Board of NursingX
MississippiMississippi Department of EducationMississippi Board of NursingX
MissouriMissouri Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationMissouri Board of NursingX
MontanaMontana Office of Public InstructionMontana Office of Public InstructionX
NebraskaNebraska Department of EducationNebraska Nurse LicensingX
NevadaState of Nevada Department of EducationNevada State Board of NursingX
New HampshireNew Hampshire Board of NursingNew Hampshire Board of NursingX
New JerseyNew Jersey Department of EducationNew Jersey Board of NursingX
New MexicoNew Mexico Public Education DepartmentNew Mexico Board of NursingX
New YorkNew York State Education DepartmentNew York Board of NursingX
North CarolinaNorth Carolina Department of Public InstructionNorth Carolina Board of NursingX
North DakotaNorth Dakota Teacher Education StandardsNorth Dakota Board of NursingX
Northern Mariana IslandsCNMI Board of Professional Licensing / Health Care Professions Licensing BoardX
OhioOhio Department of EducationOhio Board of NursingX
OklahomaOklahoma State Department of EducationOklahoma Board of NursingX
OregonOregon Teacher Standards and Practices CommissionOregon State Board of NursingX
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Department of EducationPennsylvania State Board of NursingX
Puerto RicoPuerto Rico Department of EducationPuerto Rico Board of Nurse ExaminersX
Rhode IslandRhode Island Department of EducationRhode Island Department of Health and Nursing LicensureX
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Department of EducationSouth Carolina Board of NursingX
South DakotaSouth Dakota Department of EducationSouth Dakota Board of NursingX
TennesseeTennessee Department of EducationTennessee Board of NursingX
TexasTexas Education AgencyTexas Board of NursingX
UtahUtah State Board of EducationDivision of Occupational & Professional Licensing-NursingX
VermontVermont Agency of EducationOffice of Professional Regulation – NursingX
Virgin IslandsThe Virgin Islands Department of EducationX
VirginiaVirginia Department of EducationVirginia Board of NursingX
WashingtonWashington Office of Superintendent of Public InstructionWashington Nursing CommissionX
Washington, D.C.DC Office of the State Superintendent of EducationDC Board of NursingX
West VirginiaWest Virginia Department of EducationWest Virginia RN BoardX
WisconsinWisconsin Department of Public InstructionWisconsin Board of NursingX
WyomingWyoming Professional Teaching Standards BoardWyoming State Board of NursingX

Effective: October 29, 2021