In concert with its mission, NCSBN develops cutting edge resources, initiatives and programs for nursing regulatory bodies in their roles of regulating nursing education programs. Further, NCSBN collaborates with nursing education organizations, nurse educators and other stakeholders and participates in national nursing education meetings and initiatives.

NCSBN keeps nurse educators updated on the latest news, research, and resources in nursing education through the biannual Leader to Leader magazine.  Sign up here to receive future issues of Leader to Leader. NCSBN also has resources for new nurses.

State Requirements for Licensure

As of July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education implemented new regulations that many professional nursing programs (PN, RN and APRN) must adhere to. Learn more about the professional licensure requirements in each state/jurisdiction

National Simulation Guidelines

How much simulation should be used in nursing programs and what are best practices? 

NCSBN recently conducted a landmark study of simulation use in prelicensure ADN and BSN nursing programs across the country.  

NCSBN's Annual Report Program

In NCSBN's Annual Report Program we collect data from the participating NRBs to provide them with an annual report of their programs, but also to create a national database of nursing education data. 

Nurse Licensure Guidance

Need guidance on applying for a nursing license in the U.S. as a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical/vocational nurse (LPN/VN)? Use this tool for state-specific details, based on where you will be living and where you want to practice. This tool was created for both internationally and domestically educated nurses.

Distance Education Requirements

For the first time, every requirement that US Nursing Regulatory Bodies (NRBs) have for out-of-state distance education programs is available in one convenient location. You can search by location to learn specific NRB distance education rules and regulations, and how to comply with them.