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RULE §215.8Students

(a) The number of students admitted to the program shall be determined by the number of qualified faculty, adequate educational facilities and resources, and the availability of appropriate clinical learning experiences for students.

(b) Individuals enrolled in approved professional nursing education programs preparing students for licensure shall be provided verbal and written information regarding conditions that may disqualify graduates from licensure and of their rights to petition the Board for a Declaratory Order of Eligibility. Required eligibility information includes:

  (1) Texas Occupations Code §§301.252, 301.257 and 301.452 - 301.469; and

  (2) Sections 213.27 - 213.30 of this title (relating to Good Professional Character, Licensure of Persons with Criminal Offenses, Criteria and Procedure Regarding Intemperate Use and Lack of Fitness in Eligibility and Disciplinary Matters, Declaratory Order of Eligibility for Licensure).

(c) The program shall have well-defined, written nursing student policies based upon statutory and Board requirements, including nursing student admission, dismissal, progression, and graduation policies that shall be developed, implemented, and enforced.

  (1) Student policies shall be in accordance with the requirements of all applicable federal and state agencies.

  (2) Nursing student policies which differ from those of the governing entity shall be in writing and shall be made available to faculty and students.

(d) Reasons for dismissal from the program shall be clearly stated in written nursing student policies and shall include any demonstration of the following, including, but not limited to:

  (1) evidence of actual or potential harm to patients, clients, or the public;

  (2) criminal behavior whether violent or non-violent, directed against persons, property or public order and decency;

  (3) intemperate use, abuse of drugs or alcohol, or diagnosis of or treatment for chemical dependency, mental illness, or diminished mental capacity; and

  (4) the lack of good professional character as evidenced by a single incident or an integrated pattern of personal, academic, and/or occupational behaviors which indicates that an individual is unable to consistently conform his or her conduct to the requirements of the Nursing Practice Act, the Board's rules and regulations, and generally accepted standards of nursing practice including, but not limited to: behaviors indicating honesty, accountability, trustworthiness, reliability, and integrity.

(e) Policies shall facilitate mobility/articulation, be consistent with acceptable educational standards, and be available to students and faculty.

(f) Student policies shall be furnished manually or electronically to all students at the beginning of the students' enrollment in the professional nursing education program.

  (1) The program shall maintain a signed receipt of student policies in all students' records.

  (2) The program shall maintain evidence of student receipt of the Board's license eligibility information as specifically outlined in subsection (b) of this section.

  (3) It is the responsibility of the program and the nursing faculty to define and enforce nursing student policies.

(g) Acceptance of transfer students and evaluation of allowable credit for advanced placement remains at the discretion of the dean or director of the program and the governing entity. Upon completing the program's requirements, the transferred student is considered to be a graduate of the program.

(h) Students shall have mechanisms for input into the development of academic policies and procedures, curriculum planning, and evaluation of teaching effectiveness.

(i) Students shall have the opportunity to evaluate faculty, courses, and learning resources and these evaluations shall be documented.

Source Note: The provisions of this §215.8 adopted to be effective January 9, 2005, 29 TexReg 12190; amended to be effective October 19, 2008, 33 TexReg 8509; amended to be effective December 27, 2010, 35 TexReg 11668; amended to be effective October 23, 2012, 37 TexReg 8304

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