Views of regulatory authorities on standards to assure quality in online nursing education

Sabianca Delva, Manka Nkimbeng, Sotera Chow, Susan Renda, Hae Ra Han, Rita D'Aoust

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Background: With the rapid growth in online education programs in nursing, quality of education through this modality is becoming of greater importance. Purpose: This paper aims to explore current recommendations and standards for quality in online nursing education offered by nursing regulatory, accrediting, and licensing organizations. Method: Individual interviews were conducted with the leaders from four accrediting, licensing and certifying organizations in nursing about their perspectives on quality standards for online education. Findings: The following themes emerged from the qualitative interviews: Theme 1- Standards are not specific to online education; Theme 2-This is not up to us - Professional organizations can offer recommendations but not responsible for regulations; and Theme 3- Each institution has responsibility to provide support and evaluate the quality of online education. Discussion: Schools of nursing should continue to incorporate current standards for quality in online education as the methods of delivery continue to evolve in this highly technologically-oriented world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)747-759
Number of pages13
JournalNursing outlook
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This article was prepared as part of the work of the Nurse Faculty for the Future program, which was funded by the Maryland Higher Education Commission ( NSP-II-17-107 ).

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  • Accreditation
  • Nursing education
  • Online education
  • Quality standards


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