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RULE §219.3Program Development, Closure, and Transfer of Administrative Control

(a) New Programs.

  (1) Proposal to develop an advanced practice nursing educational program

    (A) A college or university regionally accredited by an agency recognized by the THECB is eligible to submit a proposal to develop a new advanced practice nursing educational program.

    (B) The process to establish a new advanced practice nursing educational program shall be initiated with the Board office one year prior to the anticipated start of the program.

    (C) The proposal shall be completed under the direction/consultation of a registered nurse who meets the approved qualifications for a program director according to §219.6 of this chapter.

    (D) Sufficient nursing faculty with appropriate expertise shall be in place for development of the curriculum component of the program.

    (E) The proposal shall include information outlined in Board guidelines.

    (F) After the proposal is submitted and reviewed, a preliminary survey visit shall be conducted by Board staff prior to presentation to the Board.

    (G) The proposal shall be considered by the Board following a public hearing at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board. The Board may approve the proposal and grant approval to the new program, may defer action on the proposal, or may deny further consideration of the proposal.

    (H) The program shall not admit students until the Board approves the proposal and grants initial approval.

    (I) Prior to presentation of the proposal to the Board, evidence of approval from the appropriate regulatory/funding agencies shall be provided.

    (J) When the proposal is submitted, an initial non-refundable approval fee shall be assessed per §223.1 (related to Fees) of this title.

    (K) A proposal without action for one calendar year shall be inactivated.

  (2) Survey visits shall be conducted, as necessary, by Board staff until full accreditation by a Board recognized national nursing education accrediting body is granted.

(b) Transfer of Administrative Control by Governing Institutions. A governing institution that wishes to transfer administrative control of the advanced practice nursing educational program to another governing institution shall follow the procedures specified in Board guidelines.

(c) Closing a Program or Portion Thereof.

  (1) When the decision to close a program or portion thereof has been made, the director shall notify the Board and submit a written plan for closure that includes the following:

    (A) Reason for closing the program or portion thereof;

    (B) Date of intended closing;

    (C) Academic provisions for students;

    (D) Provisions made for access to and safe storage of vital school records, including transcripts of all graduates; and

    (E) Methods to be used to maintain requirements and standards until the program or portion thereof closes.

  (2) The program or portion thereof shall continue within standards until all classes that are enrolled at the time of the decision to close have graduated. In the event this is not possible, a plan must be developed whereby students may transfer to other accredited or approved programs.

Source Note: The provisions of this §219.3 adopted to be effective September 13, 2001, 26 TexReg 6889; amended to be effective January 8, 2008, 33 TexReg 184

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