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Nursing Program Approval

Approval Services: The BON approves schools of nursing which prepare nurses for initial entry into nursing practice. The BON also has an optional approval process for programs preparing APRNs. At the present time, 115 professional schools of nursing are approved by the BON and 99 vocational schools of nursing are approved by the BON (as of 06/01/2013). Approval services include:

  • Annual review of approval status of all nursing education programs
  • Survey visits to non-nationally accredited programs at least once every 6 years. Triggers, such as a drop in the pass rate of graduates on the national licensure examination or complaints from consumers, may result in more frequent on-site surveys of programs.

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