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Professional Licensure Compacts: Myth v. Fact

This Talking Points white paper provides the myths and facts regarding professional licensure compacts that generally affect the license mobility of a professional post-licensure.

"Compacts and other interstate licensure agreements facilitate the mobility of licensed professionals across member states. However, these agreements are not the same as reciprocity agreements, and each agreement is uniquely structured. For example, the national nursing compact (NLC) functions very differently than the national educators agreement (NASDTEC). These agreements have a significant impact on a student's ability to obtain professional licensure in one state after completing their program in another state. Institutions are responsible for providing accurate licensure disclosures to students, so it is essential for staff who are completing licensure research to understand how a relevant licensure compact or agreement operates........"

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Thank you SAN Special Interest Team!

  • Emily Woods, Distance Learning Compliance Coordinator, University of Kentucky.
  • Lisa Siefker, State Authorization Program Manager, The Ohio State University.
  • Leeann Fields, Executive Director, Office of Educational Compliance, UNLV.
  • Ashley Stettler, Program Coordinator, Eastern Washington University.
  • Cairesse Grimes, Office of the Provost Coordinator, Mount Saint Mary’s University.
  • Jacqueline Hodges, Program Manager, University of Alabama.
  • Matthew Gidley, Graduate Program Coordinator, Northern Arizona University


The content of these resources should not be considered to be or used as legal advice.  Legal questions should be directed to legal counsel.

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