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ICRS Certificate Program

Learn. Network. Lead.

If you are looking to move regulation forward, ICRS is a world of community, connection and knowledge that will push your career to the next level. The ICRS certificate program is a competency based, experiential, online and blended course of study. Participants will enhance their knowledge and skills in governance, network with participants around the world and expand their leadership skills. Courses are offered in 4, 8 or 12-week segments and taught by renowned experts who lead discussions and provide feedback on assignments. After earning six online credits and attending the Advanced Leadership Institute, participants will be awarded the ICRS certificate.

Certificate Requirements

To receive the ICRS certificate, participants need to:

  • Complete the competency assessment
  • Complete all prerequisite material
  • Earn six credits from the pathway courses
  • Attend and participate in the Advanced Leadership Institute

Register today to join the growing community of people pursuing regulatory excellence with ICRS.

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Select courses from the Governance and Leadership pathway, Public Policy and Legislation pathway or Research and Measurement pathway to be inducted into the Advanced Leadership Institute and receive the ICRS certificate.

Certificate Program Course Listings

ICRS offers courses in a broad array of disciplines that will prepare you to take that next step in your career. Course tuition includes all course materials and texts. Tuition assistance is available for those in need.

Courses are offered at no charge for NCSBN members. NCSBN members should click on this link for membership verification. Verified members will receive a promo code via email to waive the course enrollment fee.

Orientation: Maximizing Your Experience in the ICRS

In this one-hour orientation, participants will learn how to apply the Competency Assessment to drive course selections and will have the opportunity for personal academic advising.

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Course Dates: Coming Soon
Cost: Free | Free for Members
Program Credit: None Offered
CEs: None Offered

Administrative Law

All regulators should possess a basic, practical understanding of the law that governs administrative actions. Dr. Fry-Bowers will supply understanding so you can deploy it in a range of situations, from due process requirements to knowing when action is warranted.

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Course Dates: Coming Soon
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Public Policy & Legislation
Program Credit: 1
CEs: 24

Cracking the Code to Nursing Education Program Approval: The Evidence

This is the first-ever course on program approval for faculty and regulators! Dr. Nancy Spector will demonstrate the process nursing regulatory bodies (NRBs) take when approving nursing education programs—including the evidence that supports program approval.

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Course Dates: Starts July 11, 2022
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Governance & Leadership
Program Credit: 1

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Regulatory Practice

For good reason these days, just about every organization has had to focus on its cultural climate and how that milieu affects both employees and those they serve. Develop a deeper understanding of the core concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion in this course, along with how they apply to your work setting.

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Course Dates: Coming Soon
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Public Policy & Legislation
Program Credit: 0.5
CEs: 14.4

Experts in Humanity: The History of Nursing Regulation

Alphonse de Lamartine famously said that “history teaches everything, even the future.” To better navigate the challenges on the horizon, we will examine the history of Nursing Regulation—primarily in the U.S. but incorporating global dimensions where relevant.

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Instructor(s): Amy Lippert, PhD, MA
Course Dates: Starts July 11, 2022
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Public Policy & Legislation
Program Credit: 1
CEs: 22

Fundamentals of Research

How do you launch a research study? How do you assess the ethics of your human subject research? Fundamentals of Research will provide the practical skills you need to become an independent investigator.

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Course Dates: Coming Soon
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Research & Measurement
Program Credit: 1
CEs: 24

High-Performing Teams

High-Performing Teams provides essential information for both the novice and the expert to become a better participant and manager of teams. Participants will perform a personal assessment of team behaviors and will create of a checklist to facilitate future team meetings.

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Instructor(s): Kathy Scott, PhD, MPA
Course Dates: Coming Soon
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Governance & Leadership
Program Credit: 1
CEs: 20

Impact of Federalist Government on State Agencies

This course will provide you with a greater understanding of federalism and how state agencies are affected by federal action. By the end of this course, you will be able to confidently analyze federal legislation and determine its applicability to your state’s Board of Nursing.

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Instructor(s): Rebecca Fotsch, JD
Course Dates: Starts Fall 2022
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Public Policy & Legislation
Program Credit: 1
CEs: 19.2

Introduction to Administrative Law for Regulators in Canada

In order to effectively regulate nursing in the public interest, this course provides participants with the necessary tools to successfully navigate Canadian administrative law. Its dual focus examines high level presentations of administrative law principles and their application to specific regulatory activities.

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Course Dates: Coming Soon
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Public Policy & Legislation
Program Credit: 1
CEs: None Offered

Introduction to Public Policy

Introduction to Public Policy introduces participants to a wide range of content from the structures of the U.S. government to the factors that influence policymaking. Emphasis is placed on health care policies and the role of the nursing profession in the policy process.

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Course Dates: Starts July 11, 2022
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Public Policy & Legislation
Program Credit: 1
CEs: TBD

Just Culture, Reliability Science and Crisis Management: Innovations for Regulators

In today’s dynamic world, regulators need to move from a focus on compliance to a focus on seeing, understanding, and managing the risks to public safety. To do so, we will need to partner with others in new ways. The science of high reliability can better equip regulators to anticipate the unexpected and justly respond.

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Instructor(s): Kathy Scott, PhD
Course Dates: Coming Soon
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Governance & Leadership
Program Credit: 1
CEs: 22.2

Leadership Journey of a Regulator

It takes resilient leaders to weather the crises that the profession—and society—are facing today. Strong leaders must be self-aware of both their strengths and the areas in which they can improve. They must develop astute ways of communicating with others. This course will hone those critical skills.

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Course Dates: Coming Soon
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Governance & Leadership
Program Credit: 1.5
CEs: 36

Making Data Analysis Easy Using Python

What’s the best way to communicate your data story? No experience in programming or statistics required. Learn how to report descriptive information, develop effective visualizations, and apply statistical tests using one of the world’s most popular programming languages: Python!

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Course Dates: Starts July 11, 2022
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Research & Measurement
Program Credit: 1
CEs: 20.4

Power Dynamics of Negotiation

Negotiation is a power equation: who gets what, when and how? Learn proven strategies. Navigate complex situations. Hone cross-cultural skills to enhance key relationships. Become an effective champion. Redefine yourself through this course.

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Course Dates: Coming Soon
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Governance & Leadership
Program Credit: 1
CEs: 16.8

Program & Policy Evaluation

Program and Policy Evaluation emphasizes the importance and relevance of policy analysis to the policy process. Participants will explore environmental factors that affect policy analysis and will discover how to define a policy problem and options.

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Course Dates: Starts July 11, 2022
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Public Policy & Legislation
Program Credit: 1
CEs: TBD

Questionnaire Design

Participants will exit the course with the ability to design a web questionnaire that is clear, concise and effective.

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Instructor(s): Richard Smiley, MA, MS
Course Dates: Coming Soon
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Research & Measurement
Program Credit: 1
CEs: 20.4

Synergy or Strife? Communication Skills for Regulatory Professionals

Effective communication can manage conflict in groups with divergent goals. Part I of Synergy or Strife will explore the nature of groups and will introduce small group communication theories and processes as well as intercultural approaches to teamwork.  The second portion of this course will delve into leadership styles, feedback models and the challenging topic of conflict management.

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Course Dates: Coming Soon
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Governance & Leadership
Program Credit: 1
CEs: 24

Writing and Publishing a Research Manuscript

Disseminating cutting-edge information is critical to advancing all aspects of nursing. To ensure their work reaches an audience, nurse researchers must understand and master the conventions expected by peer-reviewed, academic journal editors. Through this course, participants will learn how to construct a publishable manuscript and navigate the publication process.

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Instructor(s): Ellen May, MA
Course Dates: Coming Soon
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: $50 | Free for Members
Pathway: Research & Measurement
Program Credit: 1
CEs: 24