Professional Licensure Disclosures

The University’s mission is to inspire its students to form themselves intellectually and personally and to prepare for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society.

The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v) and 34 CFR 668.43(c)) requires disclosures by institutions regarding educational requirements for programs leading to professional licensure or certification. These regulations require an institution to make readily available to enrolled and prospective students information about whether programs leading to professional licensure or certification meet educational requirements.

Elmhurst University will review licensure requirements and update these disclosures annually. Please note that state licensure requirements vary by state are always subject to change. For prospective students, Elmhurst University highly recommends that you contact the appropriate licensing entity in the state you are planning to obtain professional licensure or certification in for guidance on licensure or certification requirements before enrolling in the program.

Current and prospective students should note that as licensing requirements vary by state, relocating could impact whether you will meet eligibility requirements for licensure. Check with the state licensing board where you desire licensure before relocating to ensure that you will be eligible for licensure or reciprocity. If Elmhurst University has not determined whether a program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification outside the state of Illinois, you should contact the licensing entity to determine whether it meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the state you live or work.

Disclosures provided here only reflect whether an Elmhurst University program meets educational requirements related to licensure or certification. State licensure boards may require applicants to successfully pass licensure or certification examinations, complete criminal background checks, undergo reference checks, consent to fingerprint submissions, have a specific number of years of professional experience, complete specialized training, and/or pay application and licensing fees. To inquire about other requirements, or to ask any other questions regarding licensure, please contact the licensing board in your state.

The links below provide specific licensure information for Elmhurst University programs.


Per the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), we have determined that the Elmhurst University bachelor’s program in Accounting meets 128 of the 150 semester hours, along with content requirements including a business ethics course, necessary to take the Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) examination in Illinois.

While the courses required within the Accounting program fulfill the 128 of the 150 semester hours to sit for the CPA, earning CPA licensure is not part of the degree program. To sit for the CPA exam, an additional 22 semester hours are required beyond the 128 semester hours required for a degree from Elmhurst University. Students are encouraged to work with their advisors and to complete the additional coursework to meet the prerequisites for the exam. There may be additional requirements needed, such as background checks, sponsorship, etc., for licensure.

CPA licensure is granted, tracked, and maintained separately for each state in the U.S. Students who intend to return or move to any state other than Illinois need to review the professional licensure requirements of that state’s professional licensing board.

Details regarding licensure for all 50 states can be found within the following links:

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Elmhurst’s program prepares graduates to earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. The certification qualifies you for an Illinois license to practice. With that license, graduates can work in hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, private practice, and skilled nursing facilities. The program also prepares graduates for working in the Illinois public schools. Most Speech-Language Pathologists work in schools, with a larger concentration in pre-school and primary school settings; a smaller number work in secondary schools.


Requirements for educator licensure vary by state and may involve more than successful degree completion Graduates who apply for licensure in another state may be required to complete other requirements, such as completing an application, paying a fee, additional coursework, and passing associated state licensure exams. The Education Department programs at Elmhurst University are accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education through the State Educator Preparation and Licensing Board. The Department offers 17 teacher education programs that lead to Illinois teacher licensure at the undergraduate and graduate levels. All students must obtain an Illinois Professional Educator License before applying for licensure in another state. Please note that employment, salary, and occupational advancement are not guaranteed.

The Department of Education continues to maintain its status with the Illinois State Board of Education through its State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board; most recently July 23, 2018.

Master of Occupational Therapy

Elmhurst University’s entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Nursing and Health Sciences

The DNHS is compliant with Federal Regulation 43 CFR 668.43. Please consult the list linked below for information by state.

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