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49 Pa. Code § 21.162. Types of approval.

§ 21.162. Types of approval.

 (a)  The Board grants the following types of approval to nursing education programs:

   (1)  Initial. The Board may grant initial approval to a new nursing education program, with evidence that the standards of this subchapter are being met, for a period of time necessary to evaluate the results of the licensing examination by the first cohort of graduates. A program will not be placed on full approval status until it has graduated its first class and the class has achieved an acceptable rate of passing the National licensure examination, as set forth in §  21.162b (relating to minimum rate for graduates of nursing education programs to pass the national licensure examination). A program on initial approval status that fails to achieve an acceptable rate of passing the National licensure examination upon graduation of its first class will be placed on provisional approval status.

   (2)  Full. The Board will place those nursing education programs on full approval status which attain and maintain the standards of this subchapter.

   (3)  Provisional. The Board may place on provisional approval a nursing education program not meeting the standards of this subchapter. A nursing education program on full approval status will be placed on provisional approval status if the program fails to meet the provisions of §  21.162b.

 (b)  A nursing education program shall notify applicants for admission of the program’s approval status and, within 30 days of a change of status, shall notify applicants and students by electronic mail or first class mail that the program’s approval status has changed. The program shall provide the Board a copy of the notice sent to applicants and students. A program shall provide additional notice to applicants and students at the direction of the Board.

 (c)  For purposes of activities relating to the approval and status of nursing education programs, the term ‘‘Board’’ as used in this subchapter may mean the Board’s educational advisors appointed under section 2.1(i) of the act (63 P.S. §  212.2(i)). Only the Board may, by a majority vote, confer initial approval status on a proposed nursing education program, extend the maximum 2-year period for correction of deficiencies or remove a program from the approved list.


   The provisions of this §  21.162 amended under section 506 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. §  186); and section 8 of the Practical Nurse Law (63 P.S. §  658); amended under sections 2.1(k) and 6.1 of The Professional Nursing Law (63 P.S. § §  212.1(k) and 216.1); and sections 9 and 17.6 of the Practical Nurse Law (63 P.S. § §  659 and 667.6).


   The provisions of this §  21.162 amended July 1, 1983, effective July 2, 1983, 13 Pa.B. 2061; amended April 24, 2009, effective April 25, 2009, 39 Pa.B. 2103. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (238278).

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