2020 Licensure Disclosure for Compliance under Title IV

Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing Diploma

OCtech’s Associate Degree Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing Diploma programs prepare graduates to take the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN exams in order to become licensed to practice as a PN or ADN in SC. South Carolina is a member of a multi-state Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC).  The states included in the compact are:

Arizona
Alabama
Arkansas
Colorado
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oklahoma
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
New Jersey (partial
implementation)

Source: https://nursinglicensemap.com/states/

In order to apply for a multi-state nursing license, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must reside in a NLC state, and you must declare an NLC state as your primary state of residency.
  • You must be actively licensed as a registered nurse (RN) or licensed professional nurse (LPN)/licensed vocational nurse (LVN).
  • You must meet any requirements for licensure held by your home state, though when practicing, you will also be held to the standards of the state where the patient or practice is located.

It not determined if OCtech graduates are prepared to take licensure exams in AK, CA, CT, HI, IL, IN, MA, MI, MN, NV, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, VT, & WA. Information on state licensure requirements is available at https://nursinglicensemap.com/states/.

Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Graduates of the OCtech PTA program are only approved to practice in South Carolina.  The state has enacted legislation to engage in the Physical Therapy Compact.  South Carolina is not yet issuing or accepting compact privileges while awaiting approval.

Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

Graduates of the OCtech Radiologic Technology program are eligible to take the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologist) certification exam.   All states, with the exception of California and Florida, require a passing score on the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologist) certification exam.  Students who are certified to practice in South Carolina can also practice in North Carolina and Georgia.  Students in the remaining states may have to meet additional state regulations, in addition to the ARRT certification.  Therefore, it is unknown whether the OCtech Radiology Technology program prepares students to apply for certification/licensure in states other than SC, GA, and NC.  For individual state licensure requirements, please visit https://www.asrt.org/main/standards-and-regulations/legislation-regulations-and-advocacy/individual-state-licensure.  It should be noted that not all states have licensure or certification requirements in place.

Diploma in Medical Assisting 

Graduates of the Medical Assisting Diploma program are eligible to complete the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam. Graduates who earn a passing score on the exam may apply for certification as a medical assistant in any of the 50 states in the US.

 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate

Graduates of the OCtech MRI certificate program are eligible to sit for the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologist) Post Primary Examination.  Graduates who earn a passing score on the exam are eligible to practice in SC, GA, and NC.  Therefore, it is unknown whether the OCtech MRI program prepares students to apply for certification in states other than SC, GA, and NC.

 Mammography Certificate

Graduates of the OCtech Mammography certificate program are eligible to sit for the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologist) Post Primary Examination.  Graduates who earn a passing score on the exam are eligible to practice in SC, GA, and NC.  Therefore, it is unknown whether the OCtech MRI program prepares students to apply for certification in states other than SC, GA, and NC.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

Graduates of the OCtech Emergency Medical Technician program are eligible to apply for certification in South Carolina. Graduates or prospective EMS personnel must take and pass the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) EMT Basic written and practical exams. Upon passing with a satisfactory score, EMTs will be nationally-registered as Basic EMTs who are up-to-date on all training related to the sphere of the EMT. Once a passing score is earned on the required exam, the graduate must apply for and gain certification at the state level to be eligible to work on an emergency medical team in their home state. Each state requires its own certification.

In addition to national certification, an individual’s state of residence may have its own certification examinations, registration and/or licensing requirements. States may recognize components of the national exam for some of these purposes. However, they may have additional requirements for specializations or alternate emergency medical personnel.

It is unknown whether graduates of the EMT program at OCtech are eligible to sit for licensure or certification in states other than SC.  For information about state licensure requirements visit https://www.nremt.org/rwd/public/states/state-ems-agencies

Patient Care Technician Certificate

Graduates of the PCT program at OCtech are eligible to earn up to three certifications including Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy, and Electrocardiography.

  • Students who complete the Certified Nursing Assistant portion are eligible to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP). Although South Carolina is among the 25 states that utilize the NNAAP, it is unknown if there are additional requirements for reciprocity in other states.  In South Carolina, the NNAAP is administered jointly by Pearson VUE and the NACES Plus Foundation.  For more information, visit https://www.nursinglicensure.org/cna/south-carolina-nursing-assistant.html.
  • Students who complete the Phlebotomy portion of the PCT program are eligible to sit for the NCPT (National Center for Competency Testing Phlebotomy Certification). Although it is a national certification, it is unknown if there are additional requirements for reciprocity in other states.
  • Students who complete the Electrocardiography portion are able to sit for the NCET (National Center for Competency Testing ECG Certification). Although it is a national certification, it is unknown if there are additional requirements for reciprocity in other states.

PCT graduates who earn passing scores on these examinations are eligible to apply for licensure or certification in all states within the US except California. For the requirements in California, see https://www.ncctinc.com/certifications/pt or https://www.ncctinc.com/certifications/ecg.

Professional Truck Driving Certificate

Graduates of the Professional Truck Driving program are eligible to complete the SC Commercial Driver’s License examination.  The CDL is federally regulated and a Class A driver’s license with no restrictions applies in all 50 states in the US.

Student Location and Relocation/Address Changes:

For the purposes of state licensure, the student’s location is determined at the time of admission application submission.  It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Registrar’s Office regarding any relocation.  Address changes for students who relocate to another state during the course of enrollment will become effective upon receipt by the Registrar’s Office and address information updated in the College’s Student Information System. Data extracted from the system will be used to generate professional licensure disclosures.

Relocating during the course of a program to another state may impact if the student can remain in the program, meet the state licensure requirements and/or continue to receive state financial aid funding. Students should contact their Program Coordinator prior to relocating out of state, to discuss authorization and licensure eligibility requirements.