Professional Licensure Information

Professional Licensure Information

Westmoreland County Community College offers a variety of associate degree and certificate programs that prepare students for professional licensure and/or certification within the state of Pennsylvania.  Some programs lead to licensure and/or certification when all program requirements have been fulfilled. Others may require individual courses that prepare students to take certain licensure/certification examinations throughout the course of study.

Some programs may have selective admissions criteria and processes. Interested students should contact the Admissions Office to learn more about the criteria for admissions and program-specific application procedures.

Westmoreland's Catalog reflects the most current information about our courses and programs. It does not constitute a contract between students and Westmoreland. The college reserves the right to amend any provisions or requirements at any time. Admission to Westmoreland acknowledges notice and acceptance of the college’s reservation of this right. 

Notice to Out-of-State Students

Westmoreland County Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The Commission on Higher Education is an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Professional licensure and/or certification requirements may vary from state to state.  There may be a need for additional education requirements and/or special authorization from the professional licensing/certification agency in that state.  

Students from states other than Pennsylvania seeking to enroll in a course or program at Westmoreland course or program that might lead to professional licensure/certification will be contacted via email upon submission of a completed  Application for Admission form at Westmoreland to provide additional information and resources regarding program licensure. 

Applicants may also contact the professional licensing/certification agency in their state of residence directly to determine whether or not Westmoreland’s course or program meets the requirements in that state. You can learn more about licensing requirements in your state by visiting this link: CareerOneStop License Finder

Successful completion of the programs listed below may potentially lead to professional licensure/certification. Licensure/certification may be global, national, or state-specific. The following programs meet requirements for the State of Pennsylvania. Requirements for other states may vary.

Culinary Arts & Hospitality 

School of Culinary Arts

The Baking and Pastry AAS, Culinary Arts Program, and Restaurant/Culinary Management program are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accreditation Commission (ACFEFAC), a specialized accreditation agency recognized by the Council on Higher Education (CHEA). 

For Out-of-State students: 

This program requires students to complete the National Restaurant Association ServSafe Sanitation Certification to complete the program requirements. Guidelines for the acceptance of prior certification can be obtained from the Office of Records and Registration.

Students looking to obtain food safety/sanitation certification in a state other than Pennsylvania, please contact the Department of Health or agency that governs approved food safety education programs within your state for more information on certification requirements specific to your state. 

Dental Assisting, Diploma

School of Health Professions

Upon successful completion of DAS 105, students are eligible to apply to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam. Upon successful completion of the Dental Assisting Program, national DANB certification may be earned as a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) upon successful completion of the DANB Infection Control (ICE) Exam and General Chairside (GC) Exam. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The commission is a special accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60611.

For Out-of-State Students:

Students who seek to practice Dental Assisting in states other than Pennsylvania must go to the State Board of Dentistry website of the state for which they are seeking to obtain licensure. Each state has criteria for licensure that must be met in order to obtain a license.

Dental Hygiene, AAS

School of Health Professions

The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The Commission is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

For Out-of-State Students:

Students who seek to obtain licensure in states other than Pennsylvania must go to the State Board of Dentistry website of the state for which they are seeking to obtain licensure.  Each state has criteria for licensure that must be met in order to obtain a license.

Expanded Functions Dental Assisting, AAS 

School of Health Professions

The Expanded Functions Dental Assisting (EFDA) provides students with training in advanced skills recognized by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry as legal functions for the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. Graduates of the EFDA program are qualified to take the Pennsylvania Certification Exam for EFDA. The program includes lab experience in the college campus facility and clinical experience in a dental office. Students are responsible to secure a clinical site to complete the clinical portion of the curriculum.

For Out of State Students:

Students who seek to practice as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) in states other than Pennsylvania are advised to go to the State Board of Dentistry website of the state for which they are seeking to practice.  Not all states recognize EFDA as a separate and distinct credential.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, AAS 

School of Health Professions

This program is accredited through CAAHEP, 1361 Park St. , Clearwater, FL 33756; 727-21002350; www.caahep.org with Joint Review Committee on Education in Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS), 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043; 442-973-3251; www.jrcdms.org. Students who successfully complete all requirements of the program are eligible to apply to take the American Registry in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) Exam. Upon passing the ARDMS exam, students earn the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential. 

For Out-of-State Students:

Students who seek to practice Diagnostic Medical Sonography in states other than Pennsylvania are advised to check the state for which they are seeking to practice. Not all states require licensure or the ARDMS credential to practice sonography.

Education/Pre-K-Grade 4, AAS

School of Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Public Service

Credentials from Outside Agencies

The Early Childhood PreK-Grade 4 (ECE) program prepares AAS graduates for entry into baccalaureate level, Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved teacher education certification programs for grades PreK-4. The ECE program also offers courses that are approved for the educational components for credentials that are offered by external agencies. Students interested in completing their educational requirements for external credentials should arrange to speak with the program director who can advise on the courses that will meet the requirements for their chosen credentials.

Directors Credential

Those who are interested in obtaining the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Director Credential should review the information found at the PA Keys website in the Degrees & Credentials section under Career Development. The program director will advise students on which courses they need to complete based on prior work and academic experience.

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

Those who wish to further their career and professional development can complete the educational requirements for the nationally recognized CDA Credential. The program director will advise students on the courses they need to complete based on the CDA setting they choose to pursue. Those interested in pursuing the CDA should review the additional experience, portfolio, and professional requirements they must complete as a portion of their candidacy through the national CDA program. These requirements can be found at the Council for Professional Recognition website at www.CDACouncil.org.

For Out-of-State students:

Students looking to obtain teaching certification credentials in a state other than Pennsylvania should contact the Department of Education or agency that governs teacher preparation within your state for more information on certification requirements specific to your state. 

Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy 

School of Health Professions

The Medical Assisting program prepares the graduate to assist the physician with the care and treatment of patients in administrative and clinical procedures. The Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Graduates apply for the national Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination. Students are also eligible for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA), Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), and the Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT) credentials.

For Out-of-State Students:

Students who seek employment as a Medical Assistant in states other than Pennsylvania are advised to check the state for which they are seeking to practice. Not all states require a license or credential to be employed as a Medical Assistant.

Nursing - School of Health Professions

Associate in Applied Science Degrees

This program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Graduates are required to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) in order to practice as a Registered Nurse.

For Out-of-State Students:

Students will be required to attend clinical, in person, at our affiliated clinical agencies in Pennsylvania. Students looking to obtain licensure in a state other than Pennsylvania, please visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website at https://www.ncsbn.org and use the search feature to find the licensing board information specific to your state. 

Radiology Technology, AAS 

School of Health Professions

The Radiology Technology program offers the academic preparation and clinical training needed for a career as a Radiologic Technologist (radiographer). Students who complete the Radiology technology program satisfactorily are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification exam. Applicants to the radiology technology program should review ARRT rules and regulations and the ARRT standard of ethics prior to submitting their application. Information can be found on the ARRT website, http://www.arrt.org.

For Out-of-State-Students:

The ARRT certification is nationwide, not state specific, and recognized in most states. Individual states may also require a state license.  More information can be found at ARRT.org under the “about the profession” tab.