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HCC Licensure & Certification Information

Howard Community College offers several associate degree and certificate programs that prepare students for professional licensure and/or certification within the state of Maryland.  Some programs lead to licensure and/or certification when all program requirements have been fulfilled, while 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. Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions to inquire about the criteria for admissions and program-specific application procedures.

For complete program information, including the program description, required courses and outcomes, please visit the HCC Catalog.


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.  

Business and Computer Systems

  • Certified Bookkeeper
    Curriculum in the Certified Bookkeeper program prepares students to become certified. Students must take and pass the national exam and complete a work requirement before attaining the certification. 
  • CPA Candidacy Certificate

    Curriculum in the CPA Candidacy certificate program prepares students to meet the requirements and qualifications to sit for the Uniform CPA exam, as well as improve professional competencies. Students must take and pass all parts of the exams administered through the state board of public accountancy and complete related work and/or ethics exam requirements before attaining licensure. Requirements for CPA licensure vary by state and are subject to change. For a complete listing of the State Boards of Accountancy, visit .


Health Sciences 

  • Cardiovascular Technology
    Curriculum of the Cardiovascular Technology program meets licensure requirements in all  50 states, the  District of Columbia and internationally. 
  • Dental Hygiene
    Curriculum of the Dental Hygiene program meets licensure requirements in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
    DMS has a national licensure for the general, vascular, and cardiac tracks. 
  • Emergency Medical Services
    Successful completion of the EMT-Paramedic AAS Degree or Certificate program leads to approval to take the National Registry of EMTs National Registry Paramedic (NRP) national credentialing exam. Once completed this credential is accepted in all 50 states, US territories and the District of Columbia. Additional reciprocity requirements are usually required to obtain licensure in all states, including Maryland. 
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
    Curriculum of the Medical Laboratory Technician program meets licensure requirements in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. 
  • Nurse Education

    The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) provides a multistate license that allows nurses to practice with patients in the following states: 

    • Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
    • Students wishing to pursue licensure with a state not covered by the NLC can visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website to find licensing information for that state.
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
    Curriculum of the Physical Therapist Assistant program meets licensure requirements in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. 
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