U.S.Department of Education Staff Report

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Senior Department Official on Recognition Compliance Issues

Recommendation Page

  1. Agency: Maryland Board Of Nursing ( 1985 / 2015)
    (The dates provided are the date of initial listing as a recognized agency and the date of the agency’s last grant of recognition.)
  2. Action Item: Petition for Continued Recognition
  3. Scope of Recognition: State agency for the approval of nurse education.
  4. Date of Advisory Committee Meeting: 02/27/2020
  5. Staff Recommendation: Continue the Maryland Board of Nursing's (or agency) recognition as a state approval agency for nurse education at this time, and require the agency to come into compliance within 12 months with the criteria listed below, and submit a compliance report due 30 days thereafter that demonstrates the agency's compliance.
  6. Issues or Problems: Additional information is requested for the following questions. These issues are summarized below and discussed in detail under the Staff Analysis section.
    [3a.]--The agency does not meet the requirements of the criteria. The agency must provide the Practice and Education Committee report (described in Criteria 2) for the decision letter provided as evidence to demonstrate the application of its full review of the approval process.

    [3d.]--The agency does not meet the requirements of the criteria. The agency must provide evidence of the execution of the provided action plan; application and review of the Maryland Board of Nursing’s newly created standard/regulation/policy regarding the enforcement of a schools ethical practices, including recruitment and advertising by providing it as evidence; a completed self-study, pursuant to the newly created COMAR regulations/guidelines; a survey report; Practice and Education Committee report; and the Board decision letter from the same institution to demonstrate this enforcement.

    [3g.]--The agency does not meet the requirements of the criteria. The agency must provide the corrective action plan formulated to address the delinquencies in completing the required site visits within the required 5-year period to demonstrate compliance with the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) requirements. The agency must also provide evidence of the execution of the action plan. Further, the agency needs to clarify the discrepancies surrounding the number of approved nursing education programs identified by the agency within the petition responses to the Department and the actual number of approved nursing education programs documented by the screen shot of the agency website and site visit schedule provided as evidence. Lastly, the agency must demonstrate initial and periodic on-site inspections of each school of nursing it accredits/approves.

Executive Summary


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.

Recognition History

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.