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49 Pa. Code § 21.172. Establishment.

§ 21.172. Establishment.

 (a)  A controlling agency may be a hospital, educational institution or combination thereof. The controlling agency desiring to establish or conduct an approved program of practical nursing shall submit a written proposal to the Board. If the practical nursing program is in the public school system, the proposal shall be submitted to the Board through the Department of Education, Bureau of Vocational Education.

 (b)  A controlling agency desiring to establish a program of practical nursing is required to:

   (1)  Employ the nurse administrator of the educational unit at least 6 months prior to the intended admission date of students. Board approval of the nurse administrator’s credentials shall be obtained prior to the appointment.

   (2)  Employ teaching faculty for the educational program at least 1 month prior to the initiation of their teaching responsibilities.

   (3)  Submit 15 copies of the tentative planned educational program to the Board at least 4 months prior to the intended admission date of students.

   (4)  Complete a feasibility study which shall include:

     (i)   Sufficient statistical data to support the need for a program within the community and to assure availability of an adequate supply and flow of interested candidates.

     (ii)   Identification of available clinical resources for program implementation based on the projected enrollment and faculty. In viewing the clinical resources, the study shall speak to other nursing programs that share the teaching facilities identified in the study.

     (iii)   Letters of intent from the cooperating agencies indicating positive commitment to the nursing program and the availability of sufficient clinical resources to meet the educational requirements of the program.

   (5)  Submit 15 copies of the feasibility study and the written decision of the health planning agency, if obtained, to the Board for approval.

 (c)  The planned educational program shall include the following:

   (1)  Organization and administrative policies of the controlling agency.

   (2)  Educational preparation and nursing experience of the faculty members employed.

   (3)  Statement of philosophy and objectives of the program.

   (4)  Proposed curriculum including detailed course descriptions and identification of clinical areas of practice.

   (5)  Admission policies.

   (6)  Educational standards.

   (7)  Advisory committee membership and functions if one is appointed.

   (8)  Copies of written agreements with cooperating agencies and facilities to be used in the program. A cooperating agency is any educational or health-care delivery system.

   (9)  A copy of the proposed budget projected.

   (10)  Administrative structure and functions of the practical nursing program.

 (d)  Following the review of the practical nursing program and before final Board action is taken to grant permission to recruit students, an initial facility survey will be made by a Board’s nursing education advisor.


   The provisions of this §  21.172 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).


   The provisions of this §  21.172 amended July 1, 1983, effective July 2, 1983, 13 Pa.B. 2061. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (26492) and (26493).

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