Special Note for Out of State Online Students (non-Virginia)

Mountain Empire Community College has entered into a regional reciprocity agreement through NC-SARA to accept out-of-state students in our online programs and courses.

Institutions that participate in reciprocity through SARA must be aware and comply with notification requirements directed by SARA Policy.  The June 12, 2020 NC-SARA  Announcement, regarding a revision to the language of Section 5.2 (Programs leading to Professional Licensure), states the following notification requirements that more closely align with Federal regulations:

SARA has no effect on State professional licensing requirements. Any Institution approved to participate in SARA that offers courses or programs designed to lead to Professional Licensure or certification or advertised as leading to Licensure must satisfy all federal requirements for disclosures regarding such Professional Licensure programs under 34 §C.F.R. 668.43. For SARA purposes, these requirements will also apply to non-Title IV institutions.

For SARA purposes, institutions that are unable, after all reasonable efforts, to determine whether a program will meet state professional licensure requirements shall provide the student or applicant with current contact information for any applicable licensing boards, and advise the student or applicant to determine whether the program meets requirements for Licensure in the State where the student or applicant is located.

A jurisdiction’s professional licensing boards often require applicants for licensure to meet multiple requirements, including specific educational requirements. An institution’s program might meet all of the educational requirements in one jurisdiction, but not another (for example, an applicant might need to complete an additional class).

Applicants are also encouraged to seek additional information for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek licensure by contacting the jurisdiction. Additional helpful licensing information can be found at:  http://www.careeronestop.org/ExploreCareers/Plan/licensed-occupations.aspx.

Enrolled students who change their address must update their information inside the Student Information System.

MECC’s Student Complaint Policy is described on the Student Complaints – Mountain Empire Community College (528323.com) and within the College Catalog. MECC strives to provide the highest quality educational opportunities available. However, if a conflict does arise, our efforts are meant to resolve grievances, complaints, and concerns in an expeditious, fair, and amicable manner. Students should follow carefully the steps outlined in the Student Complaint Policy to ensure proper and timely resolution of their complaint. Complaints must follow the college’s customary resolution procedure prior to being referred to SCHEV.

Professional Licensure Disclosures

All programs, regardless of modality, are required to provide general (public) and direct (individual) disclosures to students in programs that lead to licensure or certification. This rule applies to educational programs that are either:

  • Designed to meet education requirements for a specific professional license or certification that is required for employment in an occupation

OR

  • Advertised as meeting licensure or certification requirements

The following information is intended to publicly disclose any MECC program, no matter the method of delivery, designed to meet educational requirements for specific professional licensure or certification that is required for employment or is marketed as such.   The impacted programs are noted below.

Additional helpful licensing information can be found at:  http://www.careeronestop.org/ExploreCareers/Plan/licensed-occupations.aspx.

Licensure Reciprocity

Special Note for Out of State Online Students (non-Virginia) State Authorization and Student Complaint Process

State Authorization is a legal issue dealing with an institution’s adherence to state requirements for colleges to secure authorization to offer instruction in that state.  Mountain Empire Community College has been approved by Virginia to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of post-secondary distance education.

Prospective students living outside Virginia interested in degree or certificate programs that require internships, clinicals, or licensure upon graduation should check with their individual states regarding any special limitations on allowable online courses.

Program Licensure Meets state educational requirements for licensure Does not meet the state educational requirements for licensure MECC has not made a determination on licensure reciprocity State Licensure Information Virginia Licensure Information Other Helpful Websites 
AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner(Computer Networking. Computer Software Specialist, Cybersecurity) AK, AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, 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 Licensure required to work in VANational Certification                                                                 http://aws.amazon.com/certification/certified-cloud-practitioner/
Certified Ethical Hacker(CEH) (Cybersecurity Program) CEH AK, AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, 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 National Certification                                                               http://www.eccouncil.org/programs/certified-ethical-hacker-ceh/
Certified Professional Coder (CPC) (Medical Office Coding Procedures) CPC AK, AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, 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 National Certificationhttp://nala.org/
Certified Electronic Health Records Specialists (CEHRS)    (Administrative Support Technology – Medical Office Specialist and Medical Records Technician  CEHRS AK, AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, 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 National Certification                                                               http://nhanow.org/
Dental Assisting Not yet determined Not yet determined Not yet determined http://www.danb.org/state-requirements Earn Dental Assistant Certification | DANB
Early Childhood Development Not yet determined Not yet determined Not yet determined National Assoc. of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification Virginia Dept. of Education
Emergency Medical Services NREMT AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO,  NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY IL, MT http://www.nremt.org/Resources/ Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services http://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/
Health Information Management Not yet determined; national certification Not yet determined; national certification Not yet determined; national certification Program Directory (cahiim.org) Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) | AHIMA
HVAC Not yet determined Not yet determined Not yet determined http://faradaycareers.com/ Virginia Dept. of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Medical Office Coding and Procedures Not yet determined Not yet determined Not yet determined American Academy of Prof. Coders (AAPC) N/A
Nursing Assistant CNA Not yet determined State by State List of Nurse Aide Registries Virginia Board of Nursing
Nursing RN AL, AZ, AR, CO, DE,  FL, GA,  ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MS, MO,  NE, NH,  NM, NC, ND, OK, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV, WI, WY AK, CA, CT, HI, IL, MN, NV,  NY, DC, OR, WA MA, MI, NJ, OH, PA, RI, VT Nurse Licensure Compact Virginia Board of Nursing Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) | NCSBN
Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate (Computer Software Specialist) AK, AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, 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 National Certification                                                               http://education.oracle.com/de/
Paralegal CP AK, AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, 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 No state licensure requirements No state licensure requirements Paralegal Certification | National Federation of Paralegal Associations (paralegals.org) National Certificationhttp://nala.org/
Pharmacy Technician
PTCB CPhT
State Regulations and Map (ptcb.org) Virginia Board of Pharmacy Boards of Pharmacy National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (nabp.pharmacy)
Practical Nursing LPN AL, AZ, AR, CO, DE, FL, GA,
ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME,
MD, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH,
NJ, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, RI
SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT,
WA, WV, WI, WY
Nevada
Oregon
US Virgin Islands

Guam
Alaska
California
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Hawaii
Illinois
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
New York
Pennsylvania

Virginia Board of Nursing Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) | NCSBN
Real Estate Licensure     (Real Estate Program AL, CO, ME, MI, VAPartial ReciprocityGA, TN, WV AK, AR, AZ, CA, CT, DE, FL, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KY, KS, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY Licensure required to work in VAState Specific Guidelines                          http://www.aceableagent.com/career-center/national/real-estate-license-reciprocity/
Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)  (Health Information Management Program) RHIT K, AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, 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 Licensure required to work in VANational Certificationhttp://ahima.org
Respiratory Therapy RRTCRT AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, 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 AK – Currently do not have a state licensure for RThttp://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing.aspx Home – The National Board for Respiratory Care (nbrc.org) http://www.dhp.virginia.gov http://practitionerportal.nbrc.org
Truck Driving CDL Not yet determined Not yet determined Not yet determined Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin. (FMCSA)  Virginia Dept of Motor Vehicles
Welding Not yet determined Not yet determined Not yet determined http://www.aws.org/resources/page/home Virginia Dept. of Transportation Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov)

Sources cited:

Mountain Empire Community College has not determined that the programs listed below meet the licensing requirements for the states and U.S. territories other than Virginia.


Program Licensing/Certification/Credentialing Organization
Electrician Tradesmen Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, An Agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia:  www.dpor.virginia.gov
HVAC Tradesmen Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, An Agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia:  www.dpor.virginia.gov
Plumbers Tradesmen Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, An Agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia:  www.dpor.virginia.gov
Gas Fitters Recert Tradesmen Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, An Agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia:  www.dpor.virginia.gov
Real Estate Sales and Broker Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, An Agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia:  www.dpor.virginia.gov
Waterworks/ Wastewater Works Facility Operator Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, An Agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia:  www.dpor.virginia.gov
Waste Management Facility Operator Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, An Agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia:  www.dpor.virginia.gov
Phlebotomy National Phlebotomy Association:

http://www.nationalphlebotomy.org/

http://www.nationalphlebotomy.org/resource/1641924463000/Program_Application

Nursing Assistant Virginia Board of Nursing:

http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Boards/Nursing/EducationPrograms/ProspectiveStudents/

http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Boards/Nursing/EducationPrograms/CNAEducation/

Dental Assisting Dental Assisting National Board:  http://www.danb.org/en/The-Dental-Community/Dental-Assistants/Dental-Assisting-Programs/DANB-Accepted-Programs-for-NELDA-Certification/Post-Secondary-Dental-Assisting-Programs.aspx

http://www.danb.org/

http://www.danb.org/Home/Meet%20State%20Requirements/State-Specific-Information/Virginia.aspx

Pharmacy Technician Virginia Board of Pharmacy and “In-Candidate” status for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists:  http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/pharmacy/pharmacy_faq.htm#TechRegistration

http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Boards/Pharmacy/

http://www.ashp.org/professional-development/technician-program-accreditation

http://accreditation.ashp.org/directory/#/program/technician

MECC recommends that any student enrolling in a program at MECC leading to external licensure or certification contact the state board, or agency of the program in the state which they wish to practice, for the most complete and up to date information regarding licensure, registration, and certification.  In addition to educational requirements, an agency or board may require additional criteria be met for licensure, certification, registration, etc.  Interested students can click the License Finder | CareerOneStop website for contact information of state licensing agency bodies, by program and/or by state.  Students can also investigate if the occupation requires a license on the License Finder link on the  Licensed Occupations | CareerOneStop website.

SARA_Seal_group_2024_ParticipatingMountain Empire Community College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.