Find out about professional licensure before beginning an academic program at Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Requirements for professional licensure in fields such as education, nursing, and pharmacy vary from state to state. Notre Dame of Maryland University academic programs are designed to meet Maryland's licensure requirements and may not meet requirements from other states. Before beginning any academic program that leads to licensure or certification, NDMU highly recommends that you contact the appropriate state licensing board where you wish to seek licensure or certification to determine whether the program you are considering will meet that state's licensing or certification requirements. At this time, NDMU has not determined, except as specifically identified below, whether our academic programs meet the licensure or certification requirements for all US states, territories, or the District of Columbia.
Completion of a NDMU degree program does not guarantee employment in any profession. Prior to enrollment, students are responsible for confirming all education, testing, and licensing requirements in their chosen field.
Criminal Background Information
Some states' laws require a criminal background check and may disqualify an individual from obtaining licensure if the individual has been convicted of certain crimes. If you have a criminal background, please check with the appropriate state licensing board where you wish to work for more information.
School of Pharmacy Programs – Pharm.D.
Licensure Requirements Laws in all states, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, require applicants for licensure to: 1) be of good moral character; 2) be 21 years of age; 3) have graduated from an ACPE-accredited first professional degree program of a University or school of pharmacy; and 4) have passed an examination given by the board of pharmacy. All states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands use the North American Pharmacy Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). All jurisdictions require candidates for licensure to have a record of practical experience or internship training acquired under the supervision and instruction of a licensed practitioner. Some states, including Maryland, accept the training completed during a formal academic program. Publications concerning the NAPLEX licensure examination and internship experience are available from NABP (https://nabp.pharmacy/). For further information regarding licensure, please contact the Maryland Board of Pharmacy (https://health.maryland.gov/pharmacy/Pages/index.aspx).
School of Nursing Programs
Notre Dame of Maryland University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is fully approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. NDMU BSN graduates are eligible to take the National Council on Licensing Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN). Contact the School of Nursing if a specific State Board of Nursing requires documentation that you are eligible to register for the NCLEX-RN examination.
Notre Dame of Maryland has not made a determination of whether the Nursing curriculum meets educational licensure requirements of other states, territories or the District of Columbia unless listed below.
A link to a list of all states/jurisdictions where the institution has not made a determination of whether the curriculum meets educational requirements is listed below through the National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website. Students may use this online resource to check licensure requirements for specific professional license or certification that is required for employment in a Nursing occupation. A link to this resource is provided below, as well as a link to all 50 states licensure boards.
National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
Professional Nursing Licensure Directory for all 50 States
Notre Dame of Maryland has determined Registered Nurse licensure requirements align with the Notre Dame of Maryland’s School of Nursing’s program of study for the following states and the District of Columbia.
The state of Delaware requires applicants to complete a board-approved registered nursing program.
District of Columbia
The District of Columbia requires applicants to complete a board-approved nursing program and to register for the NCLEX exam with Pearson Vue.
The state of New Jersey requires applicants to complete a board-approved registered nursing program.
The state of Pennsylvania requires applicants to complete a board-approved nursing program.
The state of Virginia requires applicants to have a high school education or GED plus a degree or diploma from a state-approved nursing program.
The state of West Virginia requires applicants to complete a board-approved registered nursing program.
School of Education Programs
Teacher license reciprocity allows educators who hold a teaching license in one state to earn a license in another state, subject to meeting state-specific requirements. Most states have policies in place to extend reciprocity for certain teachers, and a few states provide full reciprocity for all fully licensed teachers from other states. It is the student’s responsibility to check the state teaching licensure requirements for the state they wish to seek employment. Notre Dame of Maryland has not determined each state, territory or the District of Columbia’s licensure reciprocity or alignment with its Maryland curriculum. Below, we provide students links to each state’s teacher licensure profile and directory. Please click on the links below to see a 50-state comparison of teacher licensure reciprocity and links to additional information.
Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profiles
50-State Comparison: Teacher License Reciprocity
Does the state require out-of-state teachers to take additional coursework?
For additional information, visit the Education Commission of the States
Professional Education Licensure Directory for all 50 States
School of Art, Sciences and Business Programs
Notre Dame of Maryland has not made a determination of whether program curriculum in the School of Arts, Sciences, & Business meets licensure requirements of other states, territories or the District of Columbia.