|(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. Programs shall not accept admissions
after the third day of class.
(b) Individuals enrolled in approved vocational 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
(1) Texas Occupations Code §§301.252, 301.257,
and 301.452-.469; and
(2) Sections 213.27 - 213.30 of the Texas Administrative
Code (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, and
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.
(3) Applicants shall present evidence of being able
to meet objectives/outcomes of the program;
(4) All students shall be pretested. Tests shall measure
reading comprehension and mathematical ability.
(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 vocational 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 criteria regarding eligibility for licensure, 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 director or coordinator 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
|Source Note: The provisions of this §214.8 adopted to be effective February 13, 2005, 30 TexReg 545; amended to be effective October 19, 2008, 33 TexReg 8501; amended to be effective December 27, 2010, 35 TexReg 11662; amended to be effective October 21, 2012, 37 TexReg 8294