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Professional Licensure Disclosures

Bethany Lutheran College offers a variety of challenging academic programs through which professors mentor students to pursue knowledge, truth, and discernment for productive and fulfilling lives. Some academic programs lead students to career paths for which they need to obtain and maintain professional licensure or certification to be employed. The curricula for these programs at Bethany Lutheran College have been designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in their fields and to sit for Minnesota licensure exams. Each state has its own licensure boards responsible for setting requirements for licensure or certification. Bethany students planning for careers  in any states other than Minnesota should be aware of the specific licensure or certification requirements for those states. Additional requirements might include supplemental coursework, testing, and personal identification documentation.

Students interested in pursuing careers requiring professional licensure in states other than Minnesota can find information about other states’ requirements below. Additionally students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisors at Bethany, especially prior to starting academic programs leading to licensure, for more information about becoming licensed in other states.

Education

Being a teacher is both very challenging and incredibly rewarding. Bethany professors believe that future teachers educated from a Christ-centered perspective will be better prepared to meet the needs of children in a multi-cultural society whether in public or private schools.

Bethany Lutheran College offers Minnesota state-approved teaching licensure with optional endorsements in communication arts and literature, mathematics, pre-primary, science, and social studies. Bethany also offers Minnesota state-approved licensure for grades 5-12 in English, Mathematics, and Social Studies, and K-12 licensure for Studio Art. Bethany Lutheran College Education Programs are approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). Students desiring to teach in Lutheran schools take additional coursework for certification by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

At this time Bethany Lutheran College cannot confirm this program or its courses meet requirements for professional licensure in states other than Minnesota. Bethany’s education advisors are available to assist candidates as they contact licensing authorities in other states to understand their requirements for licensure prior to enrollment in the Bethany Lutheran College program. The following is a list of Education licensure agencies and contacts in other U.S. states and territories:

 

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee (Department of Education)
Tennessee (State Board of Education)
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virgin Islands
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Bethany Lutheran College will prepare students to use the nursing process and an inter-professional approach to provide patient centered health care across the lifespan and continuum of care for patients of diverse populations. Students will gain values, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide compassionate, safe, quality patient care and learn how to be a Christian servant-leader within professional nursing practice. At the completion of the nursing program, students will be eligible to become a registered nurse through the Minnesota state licensure examination.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Bethany Lutheran College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

At this time Bethany Lutheran College cannot confirm this program or its courses meet requirements for professional licensure in states other than Minnesota. Bethany’s nursing advisors are available to assist candidates as they contact licensing authorities in other states to understand their requirements for licensure prior to enrollment in the Bethany Lutheran College program. The following is a list of Nursing licensure agencies and contacts in other U.S. states and territories:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
North Carolina
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Graduates of the CMHC Program are eligible to seek national certification and state licensure in many states, including Minnesota.

Students should consult the licensing laws and rules for Professional Counselors in their home state before enrolling in this program.

Both the American Counseling Association and the National Board for Certified Counselors provide general information on state licensing requirements. After reviewing the information on these websites, go directly to the Licensing Board website operated by your home state.

The faculty will review the state licensing requirements in the student’s home state with the student during the application interview. This will facilitate the creation of a plan of study that will meet the requirements for licensing in the student’s home state. Currently, graduates are not eligible for licensure in California, Missouri, Kentucky, and New Hampshire.

National Certification

Students graduating from a counseling program are eligible to apply to take the National Counselor Examination administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and become National Certified Counselors (NCC).

Minnesota State Licensure

All graduates of BLC’s Master of Arts in Counseling program are eligible to apply to the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Minnesota. The LPC license is considered a

Mental Health Practitioner license. Students must complete the NCE (or an alternate examination, determined by the BBHT to be equivalent to the NCE) and 2,000 hours of post-degree supervised professional practice. These hours may be completed after licensure, based on a supervision plan that is accepted by the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

The MA in Counseling is also designed to meet the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Minnesota. The LPCC is considered a Mental Health Professional license. Students must complete the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (administered by NBCC) and 4,000 hours of post-degree supervised professional practice in the delivery of clinical services in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses and disorders in both children and adults. These hours must be completed prior to application for the LPCC.

For complete details regarding licensing as an LPC and/or LPCC, please refer to the BBHT website at Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

State Licensure in Other States

This program provides the requirements necessary for licensure in Minnesota. Licensure requirements vary by state. Therefore, students who plan to apply for licensure in another state are advised to look carefully at the licensure requirements of that state in planning their educational experience. You should review the licensure requirements in your state with your academic advisor. Your academic advisor can assist you in creating a plan of study that meets the academic and clinical experience requirements for your state.

Both the American Counseling Association and the National Board for Certified Counselors provide general information on state licensing requirements. After reviewing the information on these websites, go directly to the Licensing Board website operated by your home state.