State Licensure

U.S. Department of Education requirements direct universities and colleges to publish information about whether specific programs meet criteria for state licensure on a state-by-state basis. In accordance with Department of Education regulations, see below for licensure information by program.

We are unable to confirm at this time if the Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences program meets the state requirements for licensure. Please refer to your applicable state’s licensure website or reach out to your Academic Advisor.

Jefferson Architecture and the Built Environment Programs

Jefferson Athletic Training Program

Thomas Jefferson University’s Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students graduating from an accredited program are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Currently, 49 states and the District of Columbia regulate the practice of athletic training. Individuals must be legally recognized by the appropriate state regulatory agency prior to practicing athletic training. The BOC exam is recognized by all Athletic Trainer state regulatory agencies to meet their exam requirement. For more information, refer to the BOC State Licensure website.

Jefferson Community and Trauma Counseling Program

Licensure requirements for Professional Counselors vary by state and are determined by each state’s or territory’s professional counseling licensing board. Thomas Jefferson University’s Community and Trauma Counseling program was designed to meet the requirements of the state of Pennsylvania as well as the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). To ensure the program will meet all requirements for your intended state or territory licensure, review the American Counseling Association requirements of your state/territory licensure board

Jefferson Family Therapy Program

The MFT State Licensure Chart (PDF) indicates whether Thomas Jefferson University’s Family Therapy Program meets the licensure requirements in each state.

Jefferson Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling Program

Thomas Jefferson University’s Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). Upon graduation, students may apply to take the board examination, which is offered through the American Board of Genetic Counseling, Inc. (ABGC) for certification. Licensure is not required by all states and territories. Licensure is required in the state of Pennsylvania for only genetic counselors who are working in clinical settings. Passing the ABGC board certification examination is required to obtain the applicable license. Individuals can apply for a temporary (provisional) license while in active candidate status, which means they have graduated from an accredited program and submitted an application to sit for the board examination. Provisional status will convert to a full license upon passing the ABGC examination. For more information, refer to the ABGC website.

Jefferson Medical Laboratory Sciences and Biotechnology Programs

The Medical Laboratory Sciences and Biotechnology Licensure Requirements (PDF) indicates whether Thomas Jefferson University’s Cytotechnology and Cell Sciences and Medical Laboratory Sciences curricula meet the licensure requirements for each of the states in which licensure is required to practice in the respective field. It should be noted that if a state or U.S. territory is not listed, then licensure is not required to practice in that region.

Jefferson Midwifery Programs

Thomas Jefferson University’s Master of Science in Midwifery and Graduate Certificate in Midwifery programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). ACME is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accreditor for basic graduate nurse-midwifery, direct entry midwifery, and pre-certification nurse-midwifery education programs, including those programs that offer distance education. Graduates of programs accredited by ACME are eligible to sit for national certification from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). The AMCB grants two certifications: Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) TM and Certified Midwife (CM)TM. The Consensus Model for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) includes the role “nurse-midwife” as one of the four APRN roles. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) encourages member boards to accept ACME accredited masters or doctoral degrees in midwifery, nursing, public health, or health sciences as acceptable graduate degrees for nurse-midwives seeking licensure as APRNs. The Midwifery State Licensure Chart (PDF) reflects licensure eligibility by state after program completion and successful national certification as a CNM/CM. For status of clinical placements in various states, contact the Office of Admissions at enroll@jefferson.edu or the Midwifery and Women’s Health Program at MidwiferyInstitute@jefferson.edu using the subject line, “Midwifery”.

Jefferson Nursing Programs

Jefferson Nutrition & Dietetic Practice/RDN Program

There are three requirements to become an RDN following ACEND’s Future Education Model Standards. Successful completion of the TJU MS/RDN program will fulfill the first requirement.

  1. Complete an ACEND-accredited graduate program. This entails completion of didactic and supervised learning experiences as well as competency assessments required by the program.
  2. Pass the national RDN credentialing exam. The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) provides a national exam at various testing centers throughout the nation.
  3. Obtain licensure in your state of practice, if applicable. It is applicable in PA, NJ, DE, NY, MD, CT, WV, DC, and OH (as well as many additional US states). Refer to the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing website to learn more about licensure in PA, or read about licensure statutes and information by state. It is ACEND’s considered opinion that the Jefferson MS/RDN program is designed to and does meet the state dietetics licensure and certification laws in every US state and territory where it is applicable.

*The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics. These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.

Jefferson Occupational Therapy Programs

Thomas Jefferson University Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®). Per ACOTE®, accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE®-accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the AOTA State Licensure website.

Jefferson Perfusion Program

Thomas Jefferson University’s Perfusion program is accredited by the Accreditation Committee for Perfusion Education (AC-PE), which is responsible for accrediting all perfusion programs. Once students graduate from an accredited program, they are eligible to take the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) national examinations. Upon successful competition of both parts of the ABCP exam, graduates are eligible to apply for state licensure in those states that require it. For more information, refer to the ABCP website.

Jefferson College of Pharmacy

Licensure requirements for pharmacists are determined by each state or territory's Board of Pharmacy. Jefferson's Doctor of Pharmacy program is designed to provide the requirements for licensure in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). To ensure the program will meet all requirements for your intended state of licensure, see the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy website for more information.

Jefferson Physical Therapy Program

Thomas Jefferson University's Physical Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Per the CAPTE, accreditation of physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website.

Jefferson Physician Assistant Programs

Thomas Jefferson University’s Physician Assistant programs are accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Graduates from an ARC-PA accredited program are eligible to sit for the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). Currently all 50 states and the District of Columbia regulate the practice of physician assistants. Individuals must be legally recognized by the appropriate state regulatory agency prior to practice as a physician assistant. The PANCE is recognized by all Physician Assistant state regulatory agencies and satisfies the requirement for licensure.

Jefferson Speech-Language Pathology Program

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology at Thomas Jefferson University is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Candidacy is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years. 

Individuals who earn the Master Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Thomas Jefferson University are eligible to apply for state licensure, certification to provide speech-language services in public school districts and the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).

Speech-Language Pathology licensure as well as certification to provide services in public school districts varies by state and US Territory. To determine the licensure and state level department of education requirements of each area, go to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association at: https://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/.

The CCC is earned through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and as TJU’s Speech-Language Pathology program has earned “candidacy accreditation status” students in this program will be qualified to apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) through ASHA.

Jefferson Undergraduate Engineering Program

Thomas Jefferson University’s undergraduate Engineering program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), which prepares advanced students and graduates to sit for the national Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) licensure exam. The exam is administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). For more information regarding the FE exam, refer to the NCEES website.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Sidney Kimmel Medical College is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Per the LCME, as the only accrediting body for allopathic medical schools in the U.S., LCME accreditation ensures that our graduates have met all licensing requirements in all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories. For more information, refer to the LCME website.