Licensure Guidelines, Resources & FAQs
Capella University has developed these Frequently Asked Questions to provide general information to new and prospective learners regarding introductory licensing and certification issues.
Do I Need a License?
Knowing your career goals is key to knowing what license, if any, you need. The type of work you want to do and the setting where you will do it will drive the need for a license. Many mental health employers require their employees to be licensed. If you or your employer will be billing insurance companies for services, you will likely need a license.
Who Issues Licenses?
Only governments have the ability to issue licenses. Each state or province vests licensing authority in a specific group or agency such as a Board or in the case of education related licenses, the Department of Education (DOE).
What Are the Requirements for Licensure?
The state Board or Department of Education creates rules or regulations that provide the specific details governing the profession, including licensing requirements. Licensing requirements generally include specific educational components, fitness to practice, clinical field work experience, examination(s) and fees. It is very important to understand all of these licensing requirements.
How Do I Know if Capella's Program Will Be Accepted in My State?
Every state has different licensing requirements. The best starting place is the state Board or Department of Education website. All information on the website should be reviewed, including the application for licensure, but the state statutes, regulations or rules are what outline the license requirements. It is important to compare license requirements with Capella's degree program. Follow the Licensure Research Steps outlined in the Exploring Licensure section.
What Are the Barriers to Earning a License?
Every state has different requirements for licensure. Many states have "fitness to practice" requirements. Some examples of barriers to licensure include medical conditions that limit the ability to practice with reasonable skill and safety, chemical substance use within the past 2 years, past or current diagnosis of a sexual disorder, conviction of a crime, or named in a civil lawsuit.
Whom Can I Talk to with Questions?
Contact your Enrollment Counselor or an Academic Advisor, who can answer your questions or connect you to a Licensing Specialist.
Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure and salary benefits. It is learners' responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their state.