Licensure Disclosures | Briar Cliff University

Professional Licensure Disclosures

Briar Cliff University offers several programs leading to professional licensure. States vary in what professions they require to be licensed and how licensure functions. Some states require an individual to graduate from an approved program. Others require an individual to “meet [the] certification requirements of a national organization”. A specific amount of training can also be required as well as passage of an exam based on a state requisite exam score. Often, licensed professionals must complete continuing education on an annual basis.

State Authorization

Briar Cliff is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) which allows us to provide distance learning programs (both online and in the form of supervised field experiences) and coursework to residents of states other than Iowa. NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt us from state professional licensing requirements. As a result, licensing requirements in Iowa may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state.


Relocating during the course of a program to another state may impact if the student can 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 Briar Cliff 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 Briar Cliff 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.

Responsibility of Students

Students should review the specific academic requirements for the program in which they are enrolling, including those related to practicum/internship as well as pre-qualifications for licensure such as the need for a criminal background check. We highly recommend that students contact the applicable licensure board(s) in their state of residence or in the state where they intend to obtain a license before beginning an academic program that results in licensure and prior to beginning any internship/practicum. Many licensure boards require more than successful degree completion to obtain a license. Please be advised that state laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time. Changes in requirements can impact the program's ability to meet educational requirements for licensure. It is the responsibility of the student completing the licensure program to check with the licensing board(s) in their state of residence or in the state in which they intend to obtain a license for the most recent information and requirements. BCU shall not be held liable if the student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction or cannot obtain a practicum/internship location.



Behavior Anaylsis

Certification (Verified Course Sequence, BCaBA) 

Briar Cliff University’s Bachelor’s degree in Behavior Analysis is an ABAI Verified Course Sequence (#51045, 5th edition). This means that our program is designed to provide students with the required coursework and practicum experience to qualify for credentialing at the Assistant Behavior Analysis (BCaBA) level. In order obtain practicum experience, students must first complete a mandatory supervision contract with the Director of the Behavior Analysis program.

Licensure (Iowa, Licensed Assistant Behavior Analyst)

In the state of Iowa, certification as a BCaBA meets the state licensure requirements to obtain an Assistant Behavior Analyst License. Licensure requirements vary state-by-state; students wishing to practice behavior analysis outside of the state of Iowa should research the state-specific licensure requirements.



The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), the Post-Graduate APRN Certificate and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs at Briar Cliff University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. All BCU nursing programs are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and meet the state educational requirements for licensure in the state of Iowa.

  • All graduates of our accredited pre-licensure BSN program are eligible to take the national licensing exam (NCLEX) in the state of their choice. Completion of the BSN following licensure as an RN does not lead to additional licensure
  • BCU has not made a determination that its MSN and Post-Graduate APRN certificate curricula meet the educational requirements for any other states. Students from other states are encouraged to contact their state licensing boards to determine if the program meets the educational requirements for licensure in that state. A link to each state’s licensing board and their contact information is located here: 
  • Completion of the DNP program does not lead to additional licensure.  


Physical Therapy

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is the only accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit entry-level physical therapist education programs ( Graduation from a CAPTE accredited program is required for licensure to practice physical therapy in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Graduating from an accredited program is a required element for a student/graduate to be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) ( Passing the NPTE is one of required elements to be licensed as a physical therapist in a specific state. Each state licensing authority has its own eligibility criteria for licensure. Links to individual state licensure authorities and their requirements for licensure may be found at

Briar Cliff University’s Physical Therapy Program is accredited by CAPTE (/doctor-of-physical-therapy/accreditation/). Graduation from the Program does not guarantee the ability to pass the NPTE, nor to gain licensure in a specific state. The Program validates a student’s graduation with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and, when requested by a student/graduate, for a specific state licensure authority. It is a student’s/ graduate’s responsibility to complete necessary steps and paperwork to sit for the NPTE and to apply for specific state licensure.


Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW) at Briar Cliff University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Completion of the Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) Program at Briar Cliff University prepares students for professional licensure in Iowa. A determination has not been made of whether the BSW Program at Briar Cliff University meets the licensing requirements for a bachelor's level social work degree outside the state of Iowa. Students who wish to be licensed at the bachelor’s level in states outside of Iowa should seek guidance from the licensing entity in which they plan to practice before beginning the social work program at Briar Cliff University. A link to each state’s licensing board and their contact information can be located here: