EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY
OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
The Honorable the Members of the Board of Regents
Regents Permission to Operate in New York State: University of
October 11, 2006
Issue for Decision (Consent
Regents approve the proposed permission to operate in New York State for the University of Pennsylvania?
question will come before the Board of Regents at its October 2006 meeting for
permission to operate in New York
State is required by Section 224 of the
Education Law which prohibits out-of-state colleges and universities from
transacting business in New
York without Regents permission.
University of Pennsylvania is seeking Regents permission to operate
in New York
State in order to place its
students in a health care agency for supervised clinical experiences in a
pediatric critical care nurse practitioner program. Section 6908 of the Education Law
restricts the practice of nursing to licensed persons or students enrolled in
educational programs that the State Education Department has registered. The Universityís Pediatric Critical Care
Nurse Practitioner program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
Education (CCNE). The program meets
the standards for registration as set forth in the Regulations of the
Commissioner of Education.
recommended that the Regents approve the proposed permission to operate
effective October 24, 2006, to authorize the University of Pennsylvania to use a clinical agency in New York for clinical
education of students in its Master of Science in Nursing degree program titled
Pediatric Critical Care Nurse Practitioner.
will be effective until November 30, 2011.
INFORMATION IN SUPPORT OF
The curriculum requires completion of 12 course units, which are the
equivalent of 40 credits. Content
includes: pediatric pharmacology,
research methods, physiology of reproduction and development, child and family
development, principles of pediatric critical care nursing and clinical practica
that comprise 600 hours of supervised clinical experiences. The program can be completed in 12
months of full-time study or 24 months of part-time study.
The University of Pennsylvania plans on using one agency in New York State, New York -
Presbyterian Hospital, located in Manhattan. Only one student will be placed in a
New York agency in 2007, and no more than five
students will be placed in New
annually thereafter. Currently, the
University of Pennsylvania has Regents permission to annually use clinical
placements in New York State for up to eight students in its bachelorís degree
program, for up to two students in its Nurse-Midwifery program, for up to three
students in its Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing program and for up to four
students in its nurse practitioner programs with clinical specializations in
adult acute care, pediatric oncology, and womenís health.
The program has 11 faculty involved in instructional activities. All faculty have masterís degrees in
nursing and one has a doctorate.
Nine of the faculty are pediatric nurse practitioners. The preceptor who will supervise
students at New York Ė Presbyterian Hospital is certified in New York State as a pediatric nurse
Like programs preparing practitioners in other professions, nurse
practitioner programs typically use a large number of health facilities for
studentsí clinical experiences.
These facilities may be in several states. Because of statutes like New Yorkís restricting
practice by students to those enrolled in state approved programs, institutions
must undergo a variety of state review processes to assure lawful practice by
students. In New York, this entails
receiving the Regents permission to operate and Department registration of the
program so that one student a year may practice in the State.
Staff have determined that there would be no reduction in access to
clinical experiences at cooperating facilities if authorization is granted. Because of the limited nature of the
Universityís authorization to operate in New
York State, it should
have no effect on New
The Office of the Professions has determined that the University of Pennsylvania meets the standards for
registration set forth in the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.