Nursing Accreditation

Advisory Board

The Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York is recognized by the United State Education Department as an accrediting body for nursing education programs. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education, including post-secondary vocational schools that offer nursing education, meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies, with programmatic, institutional, regional or national scope, develop evaluation standards and criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those standards and criteria are met. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency's evaluation and that meet an agency's criteria are then "accredited" by that agency. The Office of the Professions, Professional Education Program Review (PEPR) is charged with determining accreditation status through the approval, registration and re-registration of nursing programs. The Advisory Board members, representing a broad constituency of public stake holders including but not limited to nursing educators, public employers, students, and the general public, including minority groups, will participate in the review of PEPR policies and procedures for accreditation to assure that the evaluative process is consistently applied without bias and serve to maintain quality nursing education programs.

Composition of the Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is composed of a maximum of 15 voting members and one non-voting member. The voting membership must meet advisory board selection criteria, attest to no conflict of interest and commit to maintain confidentiality. The general membership of the Advisory Board must include:

  • a representative from each geographic region of New York as defined by the Board of Regents found here,
  • at least nine members must be nurse educators,
  • at least two members must be public representatives and on public representative member must be directly involved in employing or supervising licensed practical nurses or employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse in a health care agency,
  • at least one member must be a student who is enrolled in a practical nursing program during the academic year at the time of the meeting and shall be a non-voting member.

Terms of Services

Voting members shall serve for three years with the ability for reappointment for one successive term. A term is from August 1st - July 31st.

Meeting Frequency

The Advisory Board shall meet biannually for one or two consecutive days to be determined by staff of the Division of Professional Education and the Chair of the Advisory Board. The Chair may also call additional meetings for good cause in consultation with the Director of the Division of Professional Education.

Are you interested in serving on the Advisory Board? Please complete the form below and submit to the Professional Education Program Review office for consideration.

Nomination Form


Advisory Board Members

Click here for the Advisory Board Members website. Please note this is restricted to only those who are appointed to the Advisory Board. Advisory Board Members Only


Last Updated: March 10, 2020