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Licensure & Certification: Nursing and Allied Health


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Shannon Paul

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What is Licensure or Certification?

A license issued by a governmental entity provides assurance to the public that the nurse or allied health professional has met predetermined standards.

The purpose of a professional license is to protect the public from harm by setting minimal qualifications and competencies for safe entry-level practitioners. Health Professions are regulated because they pose a risk of harm to the public if practiced by someone who is unprepared and/or incompetent.