Program Pathways

Program Pathways and Expectations

Each pathway has its own curriculum with courses that range from beginner to advanced. All participants will complete the Competency Assessment to determine the pathway for each learner.

About the Courses

Courses along each of the pathways will consist of mixed modalities (E-learning, onsite workshops and conferences, action learning, mentoring, etc.) with most courses containing interactive components or follow up activities (discussion group, manuscript, project, etc.)

The length of each course depends on its content. Each participant will customize their overall program based upon their current needs and future goals. Guidance will be offered by ICRS staff. Courses are each be assigned a certain amount of credit that will be applied towards the ICRS certificate. Participants may also register for a single course (participation in the Certificate Program is not required).

Available Courses 

Courses must be taken sequentially.  If you are unable to attend Part 1 (P1) of a course, you will not be able to take Parts 2, or 3 (P2, P3 respectively).

Entry to Regulation 

These courses are comprised of self-guided, online short courses that offer continuing education (CE) credits for eligible participants. Free to NCSBN members, these courses are designed with new staff and executive officers in mind. Learn about nursing regulatory body governance, how to use the National Practitioner Data Bank, and more in these introductory courses.

Principles of Nursing Board Governance
National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB)
Fraud Prevention for Licensure Application
Conducting a Literature Review

July Term

Leadership Journey of a Regulator, Marion Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN

(P2) July 6- July 31

High-Performing Teams, Kathy Malloch, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

(P2) July 6- July 31

Role of the Executive Officer, Laura Rhodes, MSN, RN

(P1) July 6 - July 31

(P2) August 3- August 28

Administrative Law, Eileen Fry-Bowers, PhD, JD, APRN, FAAN

(P2) August 3 – August 28 

Role of the Education Consultant. Nancy Spector, PhD, RN, FAAN

(P1) July 6–31

(P2) August 8–September 2

September Term

Leadership Journey of a Regulator, Marion Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN

(P3) September 7- October 2

Fundamentals of Research, Brendan Martin, PhD, MS

(P1) September 7- October 2

(P2) October 12- November 6

Synergy or Strife? Communication Skills and Strategies for Regulatory Professionals, Sherri Ter Molen, PhD, MA

(P1) September 7- October 2

(P2) October 12- November 6

Experts in Humanity: The History of Nursing Regulation, Amy Lippert, PhD

(P1) September 7 - October 2

(P2) October 12- November 6


The COVID-19 series provides free, self-paced, online short courses for nurses and other health care workers across the globe. Courses cover topics such as epidemiology, law and ethics, nursing care and coronavirus hoaxes. To enroll, please visit the ICRS Connections Catalog by clicking the "COVID-19 Course Catalog" button below.

COVID-19 Course Catalog

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Competency Assessment

ICRS Certificate

  1. Complete Competency Assessment.
  2. Complete all pre-requisite material.
  3. Complete six (6) courses from the Pathways with passing grade.
  4. Attend and participate in the ICRS Leadership Institute. (Deliver presentation, poster, journal article or other approved option.)

Additional Details

  • Courses are open to all NCSBN Members, Associate Members and Exam User Members, who may enroll as either ICRS certificate participants or non-participants.
  • Courses provide Continuing Nursing Education credit for both the certificate and non-certificate participants.
  • To enrich the experience, the courses will be open to regulators from health professional disciplines around the world after the pilot phase is completed; however, all non-NCSBN members will be required to pay tuition. The cost per course will be dependent upon the length of the course. Courses will also be open to students who wish to study various aspects of regulation and policy.
  • The final requirement of the certificate program will be participation in the ICRS Advanced Leadership Institute.
  • Participants are expected to complete the certificate with in a two year time frame.
  • All participants must agree to the ICRS Policies prior to beginning coursework for the certificate program.

Get additional details on how to apply for the ICRS program or submit your application today.

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