U.S.Department of Education Staff Report
Senior Department Official on Recognition Compliance Issues
The Maryland Board of Nursing is a State agency for the approval of nurse education. The Secretary first recognized the Maryland Board of Nursing in 1985. The agency currently approves the following nursing programs in Maryland: Associate Degree in Nursing; Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Nursing; Licensed Practical Nursing; Pre-licensed Master’s in Science Nursing; and Registered Nursing Education programs. The agency attests that two approved nursing education programs within the state are not accredited by either of the two US Department of Education recognized programmatic nursing accrediting agencies. Therefore, continued Secretarial recognition is necessary to provide professional and financial resources that would not otherwise be available to students attending non-accredited nursing education programs. Moreover, for purposes of determining eligibility for Federal assistance under Title VIII of the Public Health Services Act, continued recognition is necessary because the Board serves as the only alternative approval agency for new or existing nursing education programs not otherwise accredited in Maryland. The Department received no complaints for this agency during the recognition period and no third-party comments.
The Secretary initially recognized the Maryland Board of Nursing (MDBN) as an agency for the approval of nurse education in 1985 and has renewed the agency’s recognition continuously since that time.
The agency's last full review for renewed recognition was conducted in the Fall of 2015. The Senior Department Official’s decision letter dated March 2016 renewed the agency's recognition for a period of four years. The agency submitted a petition for renewed recognition in July of 2019 and the agency's renewal petition is the subject of this analysis. Department Staff observed an agency site visit in October 2019 and the open session of a Board meeting in December of 2019.
The agency meets the requirements of the Secretary's Criteria for Recognition.
The Department did not receive any written third - party comments regarding this agency.