Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. DO 100% ONLINE PROGRAMS REQUIRE LICENSURE?
    No. If a degree program is truly 100% online, meaning a field experience (i.e. clinical, practicum, student teaching, internship, externship) is not required by the degree program curriculum or academic credit is not awarded, then the institution may offer these degree programs to North Carolina residents without obtaining licensure or paying a fee. We do NOT provide letters of exemption for these programs.

     

  2. WHAT TRIGGERS PHYSICAL PRESENCE?
    Physical presence in North Carolina is triggered when an institution conducts post-secondary degree activity within the boundaries of the state. Such activities consist of the following:

  • Establishing a physical location/campus,
  • Setting up infrastructure (i.e. networks, servers, other forms of technology, etc.),
  • Employing non-faculty staff (both full- time and part- time) and full- time faculty,
  • Conducting direct marketing/advertising and recruiting,
  • Placing students in field experiences (clinical, practicum, student teaching, internship, externship) which are required by the curriculum and/or awards academic credit.

 

  1. IS LICENSURE REQUIRED FOR A STUDENT TO COMPLETE AN INTERNSHIP, CLINICAL ROTATION, OR PRACTICUM?
    Yes. Any internship, clinical rotation, or practicum will trigger physical presence. Consequently, the institution must be licensed in order to place students in North Carolina for one of these education activities.

     

  2. IS LICENSURE REQUIRED WHEN NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS, WHO ARE ENROLLED IN AN OUT-OF-STATE INSTITTUION, WANT TO COMPLETE A CLINICAL ROTATION IN NORTH CAROLINA?
    Yes. An internship, clinical rotation, and practicum will trigger physical presence. Consequently, the institution must be licensed in order to place students in North Carolina for one of these education activities.

     

  3. HOW LONG DOES THE LICENSURE PROCESS TAKE?
    It normally takes between 14 and 18 months to complete the application process to obtain a license.

     

  4. WHERE CAN I FIND THE APPLICATION TO APPLY FOR A LICENSE?
    We do not have a traditional application form. Applicants must submit a 3-ring binder with supporting documentation addressing the 15 standards outlined in the Rules and Standards document. The 3-ring binder is what we refer to as the application.

     

  5. IS THE PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE MANDATORY?
    Yes. All applicants are required to attend a preliminary conference in-person, in Chapel Hill, NC. Video-conferencing, SKYPE, or similar electronic meeting formats may not substitute for this in-person meeting.

     

  6. HOW DO I SCHEDULE A PRELIMNARY CONFERENCE?
    Please contact the Licensure Division by emailing klmcneill@northcarolina.edu or by calling (919) 962-4550 to schedule a preliminary conference.

     

  7. WHERE CAN I FIND A LIST OF APPROVED INSTITUTIONS?
    We do not approve institutions, we license individual degree programs. You may access the list of institutions that have approved degree programs by clicking here. The list is updated regularly. If an institution or degree program is not listed, it has not been approved.

     

  8. WHERE CAN I FIND THE RULES AND STANDARDS DOCUMENT?
    You may access the Rules and Standards document by clicking here.

     

  9. IS MY INSTITUTION LICENSED BY THE UNC BOARD OF GOVERNORS?
    We do not approve institutions, we license individual degree programs. You may access the list of institutions that have approved degree programs by clicking here. The list is updated regularly. If an institution or degree program is not listed, it has not been approved.

     

  10. DO FACULTY LIVING IN NORTH CAROLINA TRIGGER PHYSICAL PRESENCE?
    Faculty who live in the state do trigger physical presence. Non-faculty employees (full and part- time) do trigger physical presence.

     

  11. DOES A STATE PUBLIC INSTITUTION HAVE TO OBTAIN A BOND?
    Yes. Any institution applying for licensure must obtain a tuition guaranty bond. This applies to both public and private institutions.