State Regulatory Authorizations & Licensure Disclosures

Program Licensure Directory

Bluefield University offers several degree programs designed to prepare students for professional licensure or certification. We are complying with federal regulations that require colleges and universities to disclose to potential students whether BU programs meet educational requirements for credentialing in their state; do not meet educational requirements for credentialing in their state; or if we have not made a determination about meeting education requirements for credentialing in the student’s state. We have listed all programs with licensure disclosures below.

Art Education PreK-12 (BA)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

Biology Education 6-12 (BS)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

Business Education 6-12 (BS)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

Chemistry Education 6-12 (BS)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

English Education 6-12 (BA)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

Master of Arts in Counseling: School Counselor PreK-12 Concentration (MA)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

Master of Arts in Education (MAED)

Meets requirements in Virginia

  • Career & Technology Education: Business & Information Technology
  • History & Social Sciences
  • Music Education-Instrumental PreK-12
  • Music Education-Vocal/Choral PreK-12
  • Science-Biology
  • Theatre Arts PreK-12

Undetermined in other states

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

Elementary Education (BS)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

English Education 6-12 (BA)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

Health and Physical Education PreK-12

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

History and Social Sciences Education 6-12 (BA)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

Mathematics Education 6-12 (BS)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

Music Education: Instrumental Music Concentration PreK-12 (BA)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

Music Education: Vocal/Choral Music Concentration PreK-12 (BA)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

Nursing – Nursing (BSN – initial RN licensure)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

Nursing – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

Special Education K-12 (BS)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

Theater Education PreK-12 (BA)

Meets requirements in Virginia | Undetermined in other states

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231