Recent publications, such as the Carnegie Study of Nursing Education and the IOM Future of Nursing report, have called for nurses to advance their education. Distance education courses provide tremendous opportunities for nurses by offering access to quality nursing education in small communities or rural areas where nursing programs don’t exist; they also allow flexibility for those students who otherwise couldn’t attend a nursing program. Yet nurse regulators have had challenges in regulating these programs. Therefore, NCSBN’s Board of Directors convened a committee to develop recommendations for distance education prelicensure programs. Read about the work of the NCSBN committees below.
Resources on Distance Education
Model Education Act and Rules
This document contains changes that support the prelicensure guidelines for distance education.
Distance Education Requirements & Guidelines
Prelicensure Distance Education
The purpose of the Regulatory Guidelines for prelicensure nursing distance education programs is to provide NCSBN Member Boards with criteria and rationale regarding the regulation of prelicensure nursing education programs.
Find each U.S. state’s/jurisdiction’s requirements for distance education programs that are approved in other states (home state), but that have students in their states (host state).
APRN Distance Education Program Guidelines
The APRN Distance Learning Education Committee will develop guidelines in 2014-15. Stay tuned!