Professional Licensure Disclosures
Luzerne County Community College's academic programs leading to licensure or certification are carefully designed to meet and/or exceed Pennsylvania state requirements. However, as professional licensure laws and regulations differ from state to state, students in our programs intending to practice in another state will need to research these requirements. Per U.S. Federal Regulations, §668.43 (2019 Rule), and in compliance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Manual version 19.2, Luzerne County Community College provides the following disclosure related to the educational requirements for professional licensure and certification. To assist students in this process, the U.S. Department of Education regulations now require higher education institutions who offer programs leading to licensure or certification to disclose information related whether or not those programs meet the licensure requirements of all states.
Luzerne County Community College strives to maintain current information on state licensure and certification as applicable to our programs. However, as state laws are constantly-evolving related to licensure, academic, and non-academic requirements, the disclosures below do not provide a guarantee of reciprocity or application acceptance. Such determinations are made by state licensing boards, and every effort has been made to provide the most up-to-date information.
For more information or questions regarding specific program licensure/certification, contact the appropriate academic program coordinator. Further information on state authorization and professional licensure can be obtained by contacting the Distance Education Department at 570-740-0335.
Click on the program below for additional licensure/certification information.
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene at Luzerne County Community College is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
Graduates completing the Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene are eligible to sit for the following exams leading to licensure: the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments CDCA exam (ADEX and CSCE Clinical) and the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE). The NBDHE is accepted in all 50 states, and the CDCA is accepted for initial licensure in 49 jurisdictions, including the United States, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Jamaica. Currently, the program does not meet the requirements for the following states:
Alaska, California, Delaware, Georgia, and Nebraska
Students interested in practicing outside of Pennsylvania should consult that state's Board of Dentistry or appropriate Professional Licensing Department. Up-to-date information on state licensure/credential requirements can be found on the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) resources page below:
Note: As indicated by the ADHA, WREB and CDCA signed a memorandum of understanding on June 15, 2021 outlining their intent to merge and will begin to administer the ADEX exam at all locations for the class of 2023.
The Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services at Luzerne County Community College is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of EMS Services. The Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Completion of Luzerne County Community College's Associate of Applied Science in EMS prepares students to take the national EMT certification exam offered through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Successful completion of this exam leads to professional licensure in the state of Pennsylvania, which is equivalent to National Registry certification. The National Registry is recognized in every state in the United States, and 46 states use this certification as the basis for licensure. However, because of ever-changing state laws and governance policies, students intending to practice in another state should contact that state's licensing board to determine reciprocity or additional licensing/certification requirements. For more information, visit https://www.nremt.org/resources/state-ems-offices to contact a State Office of EMS.
The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing at Luzerne County Community College is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 2649 Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649 (Telephone Phone (717) 783-7142), and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326. Telephone (404) 975-5000.
Students completing Luzerne County Community College's Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program will complete the NCLEX and can apply for state licensure as a registered nurse (R.N.) in Pennsylvania. While the NCLEX exam is valid in all 50 states, license reciprocity is not automatically granted. Students who pass the NCLEX exam and intend to practice in another state can apply for licensure by contacting that state's Board of Nursing. State licensing requirements and contact information can be found at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) below.
Note that many states have joined the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). On July 1, 2021, Governor Tom Wolf signed SB 115 into law, which will begin the process of adding Pennsylvania to the Nurse License Compact (NLC). The NLC allows registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in person or via telehealth, in both the primary state of residence and other NLC jurisdictions.
Now that the NLC has been enacted, the next step is for the legislation to be implemented. Pennsylvania residents will not be able to apply for a multistate license, and nurses in other NLC states who hold a multistate license will not be able to practice in Pennsylvania, until after the implementation process has been completed. An implementation date will be posted on the Board's website once it is determined.
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy at Luzerne County Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Upon completion of the Respiratory Therapy Program, graduates are eligible to take the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) Examination, which is administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Graduates passing the examination at a score that is called the "Low Cut," earn the national credential of Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT), the Pennsylvania state-required credential of Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP), as well as their license to practice in Pennsylvania. Graduates passing the examination at a score that is called the "High Cut," earn not only the CRT and RCP credential, he/she is eligible to take the NBRC Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE). Graduates successfully completing the CSE earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) national credential, making them eligible for licensure in all states.
Licensing and practice requirements for Respiratory Therapists/Respiratory Therapy Technicians vary across states. While the NBRC Credentials are national and transfer between all states as long as the graduate remains a member of the NBRC, an applicant's license does not automatically transfer to each state. Students interested in practicing in another state should reference the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for up-to-date information on individual state licensing requirements:
This program meets the requirements for Pennsylvania and all other states but those listed below:
Alaska currently does not have licensure requirements.
Since state policies regarding credentials are ever-evolving, and more states are moving to the RRT credential, students interested in practicing in another state are advised to contact the regulatory board in that state. Details on respiratory care practice and state contact information can be found at: https://www.aarc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/respiratory-care-practice-law-by-state.pdf
The Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology at Luzerne County Community College is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation from The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) national certification exam to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).
The Certified Surgical Technology (CST) exam is not required in all states. Education, experience, and certification requirements vary, so students interested in practicing outside of Pennsylvania should refer to that state's laws and/or regulatory boards for guidance.
The following states have passed laws related to the education and/or certification required for Surgical Technologists to practice within their state:
Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
The following states require surgical technologists to register in order to practice within their state:
- Colorado (CST not required for registration)
- North Dakota ("Unlicensed Assistive Person" registry; CST not required for registration)
- Washington (CST not required for registration)
The following states offer optional registration/title protection to practice within their state:
- Arkansas (Must be a CST in order to qualify for registry/title protection)
- Illinois (Must be a CST in order to qualify for registry/title protection)
As certification and licensing requirements are continually changing, students should reference the state law overview listed on the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) website at https://www.ast.org/Public_Policy/Legislative_Overview/ to obtain up-to-date information.