Professional Licensure Programs

Regis University is committed to providing clear and transparent information to prospective and current students regarding its programs and professional licensure.

What is a professional licensure program? A professional licensure program is an academic program designed, marketed, and/or advertised to meet the educational requirements for a specific license or certification and is required for employment in an occupation.

Professional licensing standards, and the fields and occupations regulated by state licensing agencies, vary widely from state to state.  Prior to beginning any course of study, anyone seeking an academic program to prepare for employment in a licensed profession should always contact the appropriate licensing agency in the state in which they wish to work to determine requirements and ensure program compatibility.  Students should also review the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolling, including those related to fieldwork, supervised clinical experiences, and national examinations.

The decision to grant a license or certification is the purview of the state. Only state licensing agencies or boards can determine whether an academic program meets or partially meets educational requirements for licensure. Regis University cannot guarantee an individual’s attainment of any professional licensure or certification, in any field, in any jurisdiction.

Completing an academic program is typically only one aspect of meeting professional licensure requirements.  Many states require that individuals meet additional requirements in order to qualify for licensure, including but not limited to additional coursework and training, supervised clinical experiences, and successful passage of state or national exams. Other licensure requirements may include background checks, years of work experience, fingerprinting requirements, etc.  State laws, regulations, and policies governing professional licensure may change at any time.

For some professional fields, states have established structures to allow for “licensure portability”.  This refers to the ability of an individual to acquire a license in one state and transfer that license to another state or U.S. jurisdiction.  This is also sometimes referred to as “licensure reciprocity”.  Some Regis University students may obtain licensure in Colorado and then need to seek licensure in another state. Students are reminded that it is their responsibility to check with the state licensing agency to determine all rules and regulations regarding licensure transfers or reciprocity.  Students should also remember that moving to another state during the course of their program could impact their ability to meet licensing requirements.  Again, Regis University cannot guarantee attainment of licensure in any jurisdiction.

In accordance with 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v) – General notifications for programs leading to professional licensure or certification, Regis University is providing the information below to inform students if our academic programs will or will not fulfill the educational requirements for a specific professional licensure that is required for employment in the field. This information is reviewed and updated annually. While Regis University strives to ensure that the information contained herein is current and accurate, if you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Colorado, it is strongly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding licensure or certification requirements before beginning the academic program.

Licensure Disclosures by Program

The links and information provided below are current as of the last annual review. Prospective students please contact your admissions counselor at 303-458-4900/1-800-944-7667 or ruadmissions@regis.edu for specific questions regarding licensure in any state or territory you may be interested. For current students considering a change in location, contact your academic advisor or program coordinator. We are here to help you navigate the intricacies of licensure.

Accounting M.S.

Regis University’s Accounting programs allow students to earn credits toward those required to sit for the nationally-recognized Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination, while gaining content knowledge to prepare for the exam and obtaining discipline-specific credits (Accounting and Business) typically required to become eligible for CPA licensure in most jurisdictions. The Uniform CPA Exam is required by all fifty states as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands for anyone that wishes to become a U.S. Certified Public Accountant.

Every jurisdiction has its own educational requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination and to become licensed as a CPA. These requirements are subject to change and may affect the educational requirements for examination and licensure. Regis University keeps up to date on the current educational requirements for CPA examination and licensure in Colorado and works to keep its accounting programs in alignment with the Colorado statutory and regulatory requirements. Due to the changing nature of the educational requirements; however, it is recommended that students review these requirements regularly. A comprehensive list is found at the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

We can provide guidance for students who reside in other jurisdictions but students will need to examine the particular educational requirements for their own jurisdiction to determine their specific qualifications. Students who plan to pursue the CPA examination and licensure in any jurisdiction should check with that individual jurisdiction for the most current requirements. Regis University does not provide a guarantee that its programs meet the current CPA educational requirements for examination and licensure in any given jurisdiction, given the changing nature of the requirements.

Prospective and current students with specific questions can reach out to:
Judy Thomas, she, her, hers
Chair, Accounting, Finance and Economics
Assistant Professor | Anderson College of Business and Computing
3333 Regis Blvd., Denver, CO 80221
P 303.964-6891| E jthomas006@regis.edu | REGIS.EDU

 

  • Program Curriculum Meets State Educational Requirements
    • Not applicable
  • Program Curriculum Does Not Meet State Educational Requirements
    • Not applicable
  • Program Curriculum Has Not Been Determined to Meet State Educational Requirements

 

M.A. Counseling

Regis University does not issue licenses, rather the Regis MA Counseling program, Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree meets the educational requirements for licensure. Regis University will issue the student a master’s degree in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree upon completion of all degree requirements.

Regis University and the Department of Counseling have determined that completion of the degree of Master of Arts Clinical Mental Health Counseling provides eligibility for licensure as a Professional Counselor, (“Licensed Professional Counselor” LPC) in the state of Colorado. Graduates, having earned the Master of Arts Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA CMHC) degree accredited through the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP, https://www.cacrep.org/) are eligible to obtain Licensed Professional Counselor Candidacy (LPCC) status with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. The LPCC provides a temporary permit while candidates complete licensure requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Requirements include passing the National Counselor Exam (NCE) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC, https://www.nbcc.org/ ) and clinical supervision of direct client hours by a licensed clinical supervisor, in the State of Colorado. These requirements may be found at: https://dpo.colorado.gov/ProfessionalCounselor.

Regis University and the Department of Counseling have not made a determination as to whether the MA Counseling, Clinical Mental Health degree meets the education requirements for licensure in any other state or location except Colorado.

Completion of the MA, CMHC degree does not guarantee licensure in other states or locations. Because of CACREP accreditation, the MA CMHC degree provides a foundation that will likely meet the majority of requirements in most states. However, each state may have unique coursework and/or practicum and internship requirements. Unique requirements may also be pursued while in the Regis Department of Counseling CMHC degree program. Each state has specific applications and procedures for verification.

For additional information and eligibility students and graduates are encouraged to contact the licensure board in the state or location of planned residency for further information. Additional information may also be found at the American Counseling Association (ACA): https://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/licensure-requirements/state-professional-counselor-licensure-boards

Prospective and current student with specific questions can reach out to:
Betsy Hall, Ph.D., LCSW
Associate Dean and Professor
Division of Counseling and Family Therapy
500 E. 84th Ave, Suite B-12, P-33
Thornton, CO 80029
P 303-964-5749 E ehall@regis.edu

  • Program Curriculum Meets State Educational Requirements
  • Program Curriculum Does Not Meet State Educational Requirements
    • Not applicable
  • Program Curriculum Has Not Been Determined to Meet State Educational Requirements

Post-Graduate Certificate in Counseling Children and Adolescents

The Regis University Center for Family Counseling and Play Therapy is a designated Approved Center of Play Therapy Education by the Association for Play Therapy (APT). Therefore, students completing the CCA certificate program meet the educational requirements for the Registered Play Therapy (RPT) national certification through the APT. This program is not intended to meet the educational requirements for professional licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). If students are interested in seeking licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Colorado, the Regis University master’s program in Marriage and Family Therapy meets the educational requirements for licensure.

Post-Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy

The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Certificate does not meet the educational requirements for licensure as an MFT in the state of Colorado or any other state. If students are interested in seeking licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Colorado, the Regis University master’s program in Marriage and Family Therapy meets the educational requirements for licensure.

M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy

Regis University does not issue licenses, rather the Regis Marriage and Family Therapy program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Colorado. Regis University will issue the student a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy upon completion of all degree requirements.

The Regis MFT program has not determined whether it meets academic requirements in any other state than Colorado. The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy is a great resource for reviewing licensure information.

  • Program Curriculum Meets State Educational Requirements
  • Program Curriculum Does Not Meet State Educational Requirements
    • Not applicable
  • Program Curriculum Has Not Been Determined to Meet State Educational Requirements

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The Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 838-9808, coa@aamft.org.

All education programs offered at Regis University that are meant to lead to either initial licensure or principal licensure are designed to meet the educational requirements in the State of Colorado ONLY.  For initial licensure, after completing your field hours in a Colorado school, you can apply for licensure in Colorado through the Colorado Department of Education with our recommendation. A total of 800 hours of fieldwork and student teaching are required for licensure, as well as successful completion of the PRAXIS licensing exam.

  • Program Curriculum Meets State Educational Requirements
  • Program Curriculum Does Not Meet State Educational Requirements
    • Programs are ONLY designed to meet CO requirements. Regis does not support any other state licensure.
  • Program Curriculum Has Not Been Determined to Meet State Educational Requirements
    • Programs are ONLY designed to meet CO requirements. Regis does not support any other state licensure.

 

Nursing: B.S.N.

Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner M.S. and Certificate

Nursing: Remote FNP (Rural and Underserved Communities) M.S.

Nursing: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner M.S. and Certificate

Nursing: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate and M.S.

  • Program Curriculum Meets State Educational Requirements

Admission to Regis University does not guarantee professional licensure; however, our programs meet the educational requirements for licensure in all states.  The laws and rules for professional licensure are outlined by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) or the state licensure board where you intend to apply for professional licensure. Successful academic program completion includes but is not limited to successful completion of all academic and experiential (clinical/practicum/internship) requirements and some programs require provisional licensure to complete experiential requirements.  For example, in Colorado, among other requirements, licensure requires proof of U.S. citizenship and lawful presence in the United States and no disqualifying offenses.

  • Program Curriculum Does Not Meet State Educational Requirements
    • N/A
  • Program Curriculum Has Not Been Determined to Meet State Educational Requirements
    • N/A

Due to regulatory requirements in Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, and North Dakota, Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing is unable to accept or enroll students who intend to reside and/or do clinical in any of these states while pursuing RN-BSN, MS Nursing, Post-Graduate Certificate, or DNP education through any of our distance learning formats. Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing is also unable to accept or enroll students who intend to reside and/or do clinical in the state of Oregon for the APRN program.

Creighton University offers a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree through a partnership with Regis University. The Creighton Doctor of Occupational Therapy-Regis Pathway Collaboration is the first partnership of its kind among Jesuit universities.

Get all the details about this Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, including course requirements, application materials, program cycles, and state licensure information by visiting the Creighton University website.

Graduates must successfully pass two examinations prior to entering pharmacy practice.

The NAPLEX®, or North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination®, measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. It is just one component of the licensure process and is used by the boards of pharmacy as part of their assessment of a candidate’s competence to practice as a pharmacist. 

The MPJE®, or Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination®, combines federal- and state-specific questions to test the pharmacy jurisprudence knowledge of prospective pharmacists. It serves as the pharmacy law examination in participating jurisdictions and tests a candidate’s mastery of pharmacy law.

Each state board of pharmacy has a set of requirements for a pharmacist seeking licensure. Once you take the NAPLEX, if you achieve a passing score and meet all the licensure requirements of the primary state or jurisdiction where you are seeking licensure, then you will be licensed in that state. Meeting licensure requirements in the additional states for which you may request a score transfer is up to you — if you then decide to pursue licensure, the board of pharmacy will have your score on record.

  • Program Curriculum Meets State Educational Requirements
  • Program Curriculum Does Not Meet State Educational Requirements
    • N/A
  • Program Curriculum Has Not Been Determined to Meet State Educational Requirements
    • N/A

Accreditation

The Regis University School of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE):

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500
Chicago, IL 60602-5109

Telephone: (312) 664-3575
Fax: (312) 664-4652
Website: www.acpe-accredit.org

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The Doctor of Physical Therapist (DPT) Education program at Regis University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.