Licensure Disclosure

Pacific College of Health and Science offers several programs leading to professional licensure within the states of California, Illinois, and New York. The following programs may lead to a professional license or certification that is required for employment:

Program California New York Illinois
Associate of Applied Science (Holistic Health Science) X
Associate of Applied Science (Yoga Teacher) X
Associate of Occupational Studies (Massage Therapies) X
Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine X X X
Certificate in Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork X X
Doctor of Acupuncture X
Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine specialization X X
Master of Acupuncture X X
Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization X X X
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Prelicensure Option) X

Please note the state approvals are from the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

Licensing and certifying agencies or employers may perform background checks to determine eligibility to become licensed or employed. Applicants who have a conviction should check the regulations of the states in which they want to become licensed to consider their eligibility. Therefore, it is impossible for any institution to guarantee admission to, eligibility for, or passage of any licensing exam required by any state or national licensing or testing board. The date of graduation may affect a student’s eligibility date to sit for required exams. Students must obtain and submit their own applications to sit for any state or national exam and request in writing that Pacific College send academic documentation to the relevant agencies.

Pacific College of Health and Science Licensure Disclosure 2023

Relocation: States, districts and territories have varying rules, requirements and regulations that govern education leading to professional licensure or certification. Should a student relocate during the course of a program to another state, district or territory, it may negatively impact the student’s ability to remain in the program, meet the state licensure requirements, and/or continue to receive financial aid funding. Prior to considering any state relocation, it is very important that you contact your program officials to discuss authorization and licensure eligibility requirements.

International Students: Pacific College of Health and Science enrolls nonimmigrant alien students in online programs not leading to professional licensure or certification on a case-by-case basis. Please note that international students, including U.S. citizens living abroad, cannot enroll in any nursing programs which are intended to prepare students for licensure and employment in the United States or have clinical practice requirements. Prior to enrolling, it is very important that you contact program officials to discuss eligibility and program requirements.

State Professional Licensure/Certification Disclaimer: Please note that states, districts and territories vary in what professions they require to be licensed/certified and how licensure/certification is acquired. Many licensure boards require more than successful degree completion to obtain a license, such as completion of an examination(s), test(s), background check(s), internship/practicum hours, and other requirements determined by the respective state board. It is the responsibility of the student completing the licensure program to check with the respective state licensing board(s) for the most recent information, rules, and requirements. Pacific College is not responsible and cannot be held liable if the student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction or cannot obtain a practicum/internship location. Students interested in programs leading to licensure or certification should review the licensure requirements for the state in which they choose to practice.

Yoga Teacher Certification: There is no federal law, rule or regulation that governs the practice of teaching yoga and its professional qualifications. Pacific College is a Registered Yoga School (RYS™) with Yoga Alliance. The Associate of Applied Science Yoga Teacher (AAS YT) has the Yoga Alliance professional-level Registered Yoga Teacher-500 (RYT-500) credential, which is for teachers who have successfully graduated from an RYS 200 and RYS 300 and/or an RYS 500 and have taught at least 100 hours since completing training with an RYS 200 or RYS 500.

  • RYS 200: for yoga teacher training programs that provide a foundational-level training with a minimum of 200 instructional hours
  • RYS 300: for yoga teacher training programs that provide a professional-level training with a minimum of 300 instructional hours (taken by a teacher after the successful completion of an RYS 200)
  • RYS 500: for yoga teacher training programs that provide a combination of the RYS 200 and RYS 300 programs with a minimum of 500 instructional hours

In order to be registered as an RYT-500 with Yoga Alliance, 100% attendance is required in the teacher training. To obtain RYT-500 application information, please contact:
Yoga Alliance
4201 Wilson Blvd. #600
Arlington, VA 22203

Health Coach Certification: There is no federal law, rule or regulation that governs the practice of health coaching and its professional qualifications. Eligible graduates of the Health Coach Certificate and Master of Science in Health and Human Performance can be awarded a certificate of completion from the college.

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