HARRISBURG – A bill expanding the number of nursing education programs in PA has been introduced. House Bill 2278 would clarify that applicants for licensure as a registered nurse or advanced practice nurse must have received education from an institution accredited by an agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education. This would include both national and regional accreditation agencies. Due to a discrepancy in PA licensure law, only regionally accredited education institutions can offer RN education programs. Bill sponsor, Beaver County Rep. Aaron Bernstine said opening the PA RN education market to nationally accredited institutions may help increase nursing employment and lead to reduced stress levels and improved job satisfaction for our nurses and health care professionals.