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Regulation of Distance Nursing Education Programs: One University’s Experience

      The 2010 U.S. Department of Education Regulation on Program Integrity has significantly impacted all nursing programs using online education to reach students outside their state by adding substantial reporting requirements. Without a national clearinghouse for state authorization information, these nursing programs had to develop their own strategies. Administrators must understand the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement and individual state requirements and expend significant resources in staff time and application fees to comply with regulatory requirements. The purpose of this article is to describe one university’s experience with the processes and challenges associated with obtaining state authorization for three online nursing programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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