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 ( For further information regarding licensure, please contact the Maryland Board of Pharmacy (

Additional Resources

NC-SARA Professional Licensure Directory