li·​cen·​sure | \ ˈlī-sᵊn-shər How to pronounce licensure (audio) , -ˌshu̇r \

Definition of licensure

: the granting of licenses especially to practice a profession also : the state of being licensed

Examples of licensure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web States are also easing licensure requirements so that physicians can practice across state lines. Isobel Rosenthal, Scientific American, "Mental Health after COVID-19," 17 June 2020 Upon successful completion of their nursing program, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) licensure exam. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Nurses can take advantage of higher education opportunities," 13 June 2020 Typically, introducing a vaccine to the public involves three lengthy approval process: licensure, recommendations, and requirements. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "A Guide To the Global Battle Against the Coronavirus," 25 Mar. 2020 The following students received the honor: Victoria Mullen of Brunswick, a graduate of Medina County Career Center majoring in education licensure and Brielle Trussa, a graduate of Brunswick High School majoring in film studies. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Hinckley Township residents’ donation will aid Tri-C students: Campus Corner," 11 May 2020 However, Mainous said that even before their licensure, current students are an untapped resource. Ariana Giorgi, Dallas News, "COVID-19 pandemic highlights shortage of nurses and respiratory therapists looming over Texas," 27 Mar. 2020 Prior to her licensure as a doctor, Tang worked as a bacterial researcher in the state health department’s pathology lab. Donna Reiner, azcentral, "Pearl Tang, pioneering Arizona doctor, knew that 'preventing a disease is cheaper than curing one'," 19 Mar. 2020 Muirhead said, adding that the students can transfer those credits to MATC or UWM to complete their teacher licensure. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Martin Luther King Day brings out over 450 people to Lancaster Public School for service, reflection," 20 Jan. 2020 New York also waived typical state nursing licensure requirements. Lola Méndez, SELF, "What It’s Like to Intubate Coronavirus Patients Almost Every Day," 22 Apr. 2020

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circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Licensure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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li·​cen·​sure | \ ˈlīs-ᵊn-shər, -ˌshu̇r How to pronounce licensure (audio) \

Medical Definition of licensure

1 : the state or condition of having a license granted by official or legal authority to perform medical acts and procedures not permitted by persons without such a license applicant must have RN licensure also : the granting of such licenses a state board of medical licensure
2 : approval of a drug or medical procedure by official or legal authority for use in the practice of medicine the licensure was based on the results of randomized clinical trials of the vaccine's protective efficacy— E. D. Shapiro et al


li·​cen·​sure | \ ˈlīs-ᵊn-shər, -ˌshu̇r How to pronounce licensure (audio) \

Legal Definition of licensure

: the granting of licenses especially to practice a profession also : the state of being licensed

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