About the IRB

Arizona College of Nursing’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body established to provide research support and oversight for the ethical acquisition of knowledge and to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects. All proposed studies conducted under the auspices of Arizona College of Nursing or involving Arizona College of Nursing students, faculty, or other employees must be submitted to and approved by the IRB. The IRB is responsible for the approval of all protocols involving one or more human subjects to ensure compliance with, and fulfillment of: (1) the policies contained in the IRB document entitled “Guidelines for Researchers” (2) the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Human Research Protections’ Institutional Review Board Guidebook (hereafter, HHS OHRP IRB Guidelines); and (3) federal and state regulations related to research with human subjects or studies accessing protected health information.

There are no deadlines for submission of exempt and expedited protocol submissions. Exempt Protocols will be reviewed within 5 business days of receipt. Expedited protocols will be reviewed within 15 business days of receipt. The deadlines noted in the calendar are applicable to protocol submissions that require Full Convened Board Review. Protocol submissions after the deadline will be reviewed at the next scheduled full board meeting.

2023 Calendar

Virtual information sessions will be held the first Thursday of the month, 12p-1p CST.


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Due Dates for Submission of Materials IRB Meeting Dates
May 2 May 11
June 29 July 13
August 29 September 7
October 24 November 2


Please see below for the IRB application, forms, helpful FAQ documents, and the calendar of when the IRB meets to review forms each year.

Before beginning the IRB process all researchers should first read the following documents:

  1. Getting Started: Read this First
  2. Arizona College of Nursing Statement of Principles