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Professional Licensure Disclosures

Walters State Community College (WSCC) participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). Walters State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). As a member institution of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), the college is regulated by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).

Walters State offers courses, associate’s degree and certificate programs that may lead to professional licensure and/or certification. Students who complete one of the programs of study listed below at Walters State Community College have met the curricular requirements to apply for credentialing in Tennessee. Requirements for other states may vary.

If you currently live in a state other than Tennessee or intend to move to a state other than Tennessee and you plan to use the education completed at Walters State to seek professional licensure in your state, be aware there may be additional requirements for obtaining licensure. Please contact the appropriate licensing agency in the state where you intend to seek licensure regarding the requirements in that state. 

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WSCC Academic ProgramEmergency Medical Technician

Determination of Licensure in 50 StatesNo determination made. Check requirements in specific state

Accrediting AgencyCommission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

State or National Licensing BoardNational Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians: AEMT EMT

WSCC Academic ProgramEarly Childhood Education

Determination of Licensure in 50 StatesNo determination made. Check requirements in specific state

Accrediting AgencyNational Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

State or National Licensing BoardChild Development Associate National Credentialing Program

WSCC Academic ProgramBasic Law Enforcement Officer

Determination of Licensure in 50 StatesNo determination made. Check requirements in specific state

Accrediting Agency

State or National Licensing BoardTennessee Peace Officer Standards & Training Commission

WSCC Academic ProgramNursing

Determination of Licensure in 50 StatesNo determination made. Check requirements in specific state: State Boards of Nursing

Accrediting AgencyAccreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

State or National Licensing BoardTennessee State Board of NursingState Boards of Nursing

WSCC Academic ProgramParamedic

Determination of Licensure in 50 StatesNo determination made. Check requirements in specific state

Accrediting AgencyCommission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

State or National Licensing BoardNational Registry of Paramedics

WSCC Academic ProgramPhysical Therapy Assistant

Determination of Licensure in 50 StatesCAPTE accreditation of a 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 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

Accrediting AgencyCommission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

State or National Licensing BoardFederation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

WSCC Academic ProgramOccupational Therapy

Determination of Licensure in 50 StatesACOTE® 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, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage

Accrediting AgencyAccreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

State or National Licensing BoardNational Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

WSCC Academic ProgramRespiratory Care

Determination of Licensure in 50 StatesNo determination made. Check requirements in specific state

Accrediting AgencyCommission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

State or National Licensing BoardRespiratory Therapist State Licensure contacts

WSCC Academic ProgramSurgical Technology

Determination of Licensure in 50 StatesNo determination made. Check requirements in specific state

Accrediting AgencyCommission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

State or National Licensing BoardNational Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)

Student Complaints

Student complaints relating to consumer protection laws regarding distance-learning education offered under the terms and conditions of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) must first be filed with Walters State Community College to seek resolution. Complainants not satisfied with the outcome of Walters State’s internal process may appeal to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission within two years of the time when the incident occurred. For purposes of this process, a complaint is defined as a formal assertion in writing that the laws, standards or regulations incorporated in the NC SARA Policies and Standards have been violated by Walters State Community College. For a list of SARA member states, please visit the NC-SARA website. Students residing in states which are not participating in NC SARA should consult their respective state of residence for further instructions regarding filing a complaint.