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SUNY DOWNSTATE
Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement

Purpose

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University offers several programs leading to professional licensure within the State of New York through in-person and online program delivery. States vary in what professions they require to be licensed/certified and how licensure/certification is acquired. Some states require an individual to graduate from an accredited program. Others require individuals to obtain additional coursework, additional fieldwork, background checks, passage of additional state licensing exams, additional fees, or other requirements.

Accreditation Statement

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a regional accreditation body recognized by the US Department of Education. 

State Authorization

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), which allows us to provide distance learning programs and coursework to residents of states other than New York. NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt us from state professional licensing requirements. As a result, licensing requirements in New York may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state.

Relocation

Should a student relocate during the course of a program to another state, it may impact the student’s ability to remain in the program, meet the state licensure requirements, and/or continue to receive financial aid funding. Prior to considering relocation, please contact your program to discuss authorization and licensure eligibility requirements.

International Students

Prior to enrolling in any program at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, prospective students living and/or working outside of the United States should confirm with the appropriate certifying agency whether successful completion of any degree program at Downstate will meet the credentialing requirements of the country in which they intend to seek employment, as to certain types of employment or for advanced/specialized educational programs.

Professional Licensure Requirements

The following SUNY Downstate schools and colleges have programs that may lead to a professional license or certification that is required for employment. Professional licensure/certification requirements vary from state to state, which may affect a student’s ability to apply for a professional license/certification upon the completion of the program. The U.S. Department of Education regulation, 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), requires an institution to disclose whether the program will fulfill educational requirements for licensure or certification for each state. The administrative departments that offer the programs have made the following determination regarding their curriculum.

College of Medicine

This Disclosure is strictly limited to the SUNY Downstate’s determination of whether its educational programs, specifically the following program(s): Doctor of Medicine - that if successfully completed, would be sufficient to meet the educational licensure and/or certification requirements in a State for the practice of medicine. SUNY Downstate cannot provide verification of an individual’s ability to meet licensure and/or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming. Such individual determinations are made by state licensing boards, and are fact-specific determinations.

College of Nursing

This Disclosure is strictly limited to the SUNY Downstate’s determination of whether its educational programs, specifically the following programs: Accelerated Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing; the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science program in Nursing; Masters of Science in Nursing- with concentrations in Family Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwifery; Advanced Certificate in Family Nurse Practiitioner, Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education and Women’s Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice - that if successfully completed, would be sufficient to meet the educational licensure and/or certification requirements in a State for the practice of nursing. SUNY Downstate cannot provide verification of an individual’s ability to meet licensure and/or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming. Such individual determinations are made by state licensing boards, and are fact-specific determinations.

School of Health Professions 

This Disclosure is strictly limited to the SUNY Downstate’s determination of whether its educational programs, specifically the following programs: Bachelor of Sciences in Diagnostic Medical Imaging-Sonography; Masters of Sciences, Medical Informatics; Master of Science and Advanced Certificate in Midwifery; Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy; Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy in Physical Therapy and Master of Science in Physician Assistant - that if successfully completed, would be sufficient to meet the educational licensure and/or certification requirements in a State for the practice of Health Care Professions. SUNY Downstate cannot provide verification of an individual’s ability to meet licensure and/or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming. Such individual determinations are made by state licensing boards and are fact-specific determinations.