While TCU’s participation in SARA grants TCU institutional authorization to enroll students from SARA member states and permit TCU students to complete experiential learning placements in SARA member states under certain conditions, programs that lead to professional licensure may require authorizations or approvals in addition to SARA.

Students enrolled in or considering programs that lead to licensure should read the information below carefully.

 

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Prior to beginning an online program leading to professional licensure, prospective students should contact the program director with any questions, including the availability of experiential learning placements in a given state and whether the course of study satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in the state where a student intends to practice. Students should also contact the appropriate licensing agency to independently verify whether TCU’s online program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in a particular state before beginning TCU’s program. Be aware that state licensure requirements may change from time-to-time and that states may have conditions for licensure in addition to educational requirements.

Students must also keep their programs apprised of any out-of-state moves.

Moving?

MovingPlease inform the director of your online program or prospective online program about any moves or planned moves. If a student moves to a state in which a given online program is not authorized or has not secured approval for experiential learning placements, this may result in a delay in meeting necessary program requirements or state licensure/credential requirements or a failure to meet them altogether.

 


Experiential Learning Placements

Not all programs will offer experiential learning (field) placement opportunities (clinicals, practicums, internships) in all SARA member states.

If a program leads to a professional license or certification, authorization may be required from the state professional licensing board prior to students beginning a clinical or field experience in a state other Texas. The internship or clinical coordinator for each program is responsible for addressing these professional licensure board requirements prior to students beginning an out-of-state internship or field experience.


Licensure & Certification After Graduation

SARA has no effect on professional licensure or certification requirements; it does not provide for reciprocity in professional licensing or certification nor does it mandate that a state allow a student to apply for licensure or certification. If a program leads to a professional license in Texas, this program may or may not meet the educational requirements for licensure or certification in a state other than Texas. Be aware that state licensure requirements may change from time to time and that states may have conditions for licensure in addition to educational requirements.

The program director for each distance learning program is responsible for reviewing whether the program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state in which a student intends to practice and communicating this information to out-of-state students and prospective students who have contacted the program.

Information for each distance learning program in a field with professional licensure requirements can be found below; questions should be directed to the director of each program.
State-specific information about the educational requirements for licensure in nursing can be found on the Board of Nursing website for each state.

The Master’s degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Texas Christian University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Doctor of Nursing Practice-Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. The School of Nurse Anesthesia is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Distance Learning Program State Licensure Information

TCU Distance Learning Program

State Licensure Information

Advanced Pain Management Fellowship, Post-Master’s certificateThis certificate is not an educational prerequisite for an advanced practice nursing license.
BSN to DNP Clinical Nurse Specialist, DNP-CNSProspective students should consult the program website regarding whether this program meets the educational requirements for APRN state licensure in the state in which you intend to practice.
BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner, DNP-FNPProspective students should consult the program website regarding whether this program meets the educational requirements for APRN state licensure in the state in which you intend to practice.
Clinical Nurse Leader, MSN-CNLThis program is not an educational prerequisite for an advanced practice nursing license.
Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Post-Master's CertificateThis certificate is not an educational prerequisite for an advanced practice nursing license.
Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult-Gerontology or Pediatric), MSN-CNSProspective students should consult the program website regarding whether this program meets the educational requirements for APRN state licensure in the state in which you intend to practice.
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Adult-Gerontology, Post-Master's CertificateProspective students should consult the program website regarding whether this program meets the educational requirements for APRN state licensure in the state in which you intend to practice.
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Pediatric, Post-Master's CertificateProspective students should consult the program website regarding whether this program meets the educational requirements for APRN state licensure in the state in which you intend to practice.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Post-Master's CertificateProspective students should consult the program website regarding whether this program meets the educational requirements for APRN state licensure in the state in which you intend to practice.
Nursing Administration & Leadership, MSNThis certificate is not an educational prerequisite for an advanced practice nursing license.
Nursing Administration and Leadership, Post-Master's CertificateThis certificate is not an educational prerequisite for an advanced practice nursing license.
Nursing Educator, MSNThis program is not an educational prerequisite for an advanced practice nursing license.
Nursing Education, Post-Master's CertificateThis certificate is not an educational prerequisite for an advanced practice nursing license.
Nursing Practice, DNP This program is not an educational prerequisite for an advanced practice nursing license.
Nursing Practice – Anesthesia, DNP-AIn some states, to practice as a Nurse Anesthetist requires additional professional licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. Prospective students should consult the program website regarding whether this program meets the educational requirements for APRN state licensure in the state in which you intend to practice.