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Education Law §§ 6905(2) and 6906(2) require that an individual must have received an education in accordance with the Commissioner’s regulations in order to obtain licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN) in New York. The Board of Regents amended the Commissioner’s regulations (8 NYCRR §64.1) on an emergency basis effective April 18, 2023 to allow the Department to reject out-of-state nursing programs approved by the licensing authority of another state if such nursing program or any part thereof is determined not to be satisfactory to the Department. The Regents item and amendment are at

In accordance with the amended regulation, the Department has reviewed documentation regarding the following nursing programs and has determined that the nursing programs named below are not satisfactory for preparing applicants in these professions:  

  • Siena College/Siena College of Health, Lauderhill 
  • Sacred Heart International Institute, Fort Lauderdale
  • Quisqueya School of Nursing LLC (“Sunshine Academy”), Boynton Beach
  • Med-Life Institute WPB LLC, West Palm Beach 
  • Quisqueya Health Care Academy, LLC, Lake Worth
  • Palm Beach School of Nursing, LLC, West Palm Beach

Education documents, including Form 2 and transcripts, from these institutions will not be accepted for licensure in New York. Transfer credits from any of the institutions named above may also be rejected.  Graduates are encouraged to consider this determination before applying for licensure in New York. We discourage applications for licensure from graduates of these programs because application fees paid to the Department are non-refundable.