Clarke University has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. For further details regarding Clarke’s SARA membership, please visit Clarke’s State Authorization website. SARA requires universities to disclose to applicants and students whether programs that lead to professional licensure/certification meet licensure/certification requirements in the student’s home state.
A limited number of undergraduate and graduate Clarke programs prepare students for licensure. The undergraduate programs include accounting, athletic training, elementary and secondary education, and nursing. The graduate programs include nursing, physical therapy, and social work.
Note, state regulations change frequently, and the information posted here may have changed at the time of your specific application to or enrollment in our program of study. Please contact James Uhlenkamp, Paula Schmidt, your advisor, and/or the licensure official in your academic department, if you have specific questions about whether our program meets licensure requirements in a specific state.
NC-SARA provides links to many state licensing boards at https://www.nc-sara.org/professional-licensure-directory
Clarke University’s Department of Business, Communication and Computer Science undergraduate program in Accounting provides 27 hours of upper-level accounting courses and requires 124 hours for graduation. These requirements meet the academic requirements to qualify a student for the Certificate of Management Accounting (CMA) exam in the states Clarke student claim as home states. As of June 29, 2020, these home states are Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, and New York.
To qualify for the CPA exam in most states such as Iowa and Minnesota, students must take 120 hours of coursework. To earn certification, however, students may need to meet other qualifications for their home state of record. These can be additional specific coursework, work experience, or residency in the state. Iowa and Minnesota require 150 hours of coursework, which Clarke students may meet by completing a second major. Illinois and Texas require 30 credit hours of upper-level accounting hours, and New York requires 33 credit hours of upper-level accounting hours.
Clarke University’s Department of Health, Wellness, and Behavioral Science undergraduate program in athletic training meets the licensing criteria for academic preparation and to qualify students to sit for the BOC exam. Passing the BOC exam enables students to apply for licensure or registration in the states our students list as home states. As of June 29, 2020, Clarke students listed Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin as home states. California does not have regulations for athletic training at this time.
Elementary and Secondary Education
Clarke University’s Department of Education undergraduate programs in elementary and secondary education meet the educational requirements to allow students to sit for the required licensure exams in Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Students claiming California as their home state meet the educational requirements but must take an additional licensure exam on teaching English language learners.
Students claiming Illinois as their home state must take specific courses, and these courses are offered at Clarke. Please refer to the catalog for more information. Students claiming South Dakota as their home state must take an additional course on South Dakota Indian Studies, and such a course is not offered at Clarke.
Department of Nursing and Health
Clarke University’s Department of Nursing and Health provides two major programs of study – the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The DNP includes Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, starting post-BSN to DNP or Post Masters to DNP.
For the BSN Program, Clarke University Department of Nursing and Health meets all licensing criteria for academic preparation and to qualify for the NCLEX exam required for RN licensure in the states our students list as home states (California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Wisconsin, and Wyoming). This list was complete as of June 29, 2020.
For the DNP Program, Clarke University Department of Nursing and Health meets all licensing criteria for educational preparation and to qualify for national APRN certification for APRN licensure application in the states our students list as home states (Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). This list was complete as of June 29, 2020.
Clarke University’s Department of Physical Therapy meets all licensing criteria for academic preparation and qualifies students to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). Passing the NPTE exam enables students to apply for licensure or registration in the states our students list as home states. As of June 29, 2020, Clarke students listed Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin as home states.
Clarke University’s Department of Social Work meets all licensing criteria for academic preparation and to sit for the Bachelors and Masters licensing exams offered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). Some states, such as California and Wisconsin, require additional exams on state laws and ethics. New Mexico requires coursework in New Mexico cultures. As of June 29, 2020, Clarke students listed California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin as home states.