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:  https://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 (mecc.edu) 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:  https://www.careeronestop.org/ExploreCareers/Plan/licensed-occupations.aspx.

Licensure Reciprocity

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
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
Nursing RN AL, AZ, AR, CO, DE,  FL, GA,  ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MS, MO,  MT, NE, NH,  NJ, NM, NC, ND, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WV, WI, WY AK, CA, CT, HI, IL, MN, NV,  NY, DC, OR, RI, WA MA, MI, OH, PA,
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, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WV, WI, WY AK, CA, CT, HI, IL, MN, NV,  NY, DC, OR, RI, WA MA, MI, OH, PA,
Respiratory Therapy RRT

CRT

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 RT

References:

Business & Information Technology Division

Licensure/Certification Reciprocity

Licensure/ Certification

Meets state educational requirements for licensure

Does not meet the state educational requirements for licensure MECC has not made a determination on licensure reciprocity Licensing/ Certification/ Credentialing Organization Website
Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)  (Health Information Management Program)

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 VA

National Certification

https://ahima.org

Certified Professional Coder (CPC) (Medical Office Coding Procedures)

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 VA

National Certification

https://aapc.com

Certified Paralegal (CP) (Paralegal Program)

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

https://nala.org/

Certified Electronic Health Records Specialists (CEHRS)    (Administrative Support Technology – Medical Office Specialist and Medical Records Technician  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                                                               https://nhanow.org/
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 VA

National Certification                                                                 https://aws.amazon.com/certification/certified-cloud-practitioner/

Certified Ethical Hacker(CEH) (Cybersecurity Program) 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                                                               https://www.eccouncil.org/programs/certified-ethical-hacker-ceh/
Real Estate Licensure        (Real Estate Program)

 

AL, CO, ME, MI, VA

Partial Reciprocity

GA, 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 VA

State Specific Guidelines                          https://www.aceableagent.com/career-center/national/real-estate-license-reciprocity/

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                                                               https://education.oracle.com/de/

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:

https://www.nationalphlebotomy.org/

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

Nursing Assistant Virginia Board of Nursing:

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

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

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

https://www.danb.org/

https://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:  https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/pharmacy/pharmacy_faq.htm#TechRegistration

http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/pharmacy/ptprograms.asp

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

https://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.

NC_SARA_Seal_2021Mountain Empire Community College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.