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49 Pa. Code § 21.81. General curriculum requirements.


§ 21.81. General curriculum requirements.

 (a)  The curriculum shall be developed, implemented and evaluated by the faculty and shall implement the philosophy and objectives of the school.

 (b)  The curriculum shall be organized and developed to include the knowledge, attitudes, skills and abilities necessary for the specific levels of student achievement.

 (c)  Physical and biological sciences shall include content from the areas of anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology, physics and nutrition, which may be integrated, combined or presented as separate courses; the scientific facts and principles drawn from these areas serve as a basis for planning and implementing nursing care. When the basic sciences are presented as distinct academic courses—that is, chemistry, anatomy and physiology and microbiology—there shall be a related laboratory experience. A related laboratory experience is defined as an assigned period of time during which students participate in the testing of scientific principles.

 (d)  Selected courses shall be included in the humanities and social and behavioral sciences that support the philosophy, purposes, educational concepts and terminal objectives of the program.

 (e)  The curriculum shall provide concurrent theory and clinical experience in the care of men, women and children in age groups and with the health problems characteristic of each group. Experiences shall be provided which include preventive aspects of nursing care during acute and chronic illness and rehabilitative care. Opportunities shall be provided for the student to participate in case findings, health teaching and health counseling for patients and their families. Evening and night assignments are considered part of the curriculum only in terms of the objectives to be achieved and if faculty supervision is provided.

 (f)  Content related to history, trends and professional responsibilities of nursing may be integrated, combined or taught as separate courses.

 (g)  The Board encourages curriculum experimentation designed to replicate or validate educational theories or to promote open-ended career development.


   The provisions of this §  21.81 issued under section 506 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. §  186).


   The provisions of this §  21.81 amended October 22, 1976, effective October 23, 1976, 6 Pa.B. 2677; amended June 12, 1980, effective June 14, 1980, 10 Pa.B. 2404; amended September 16, 1983, effective September 17, 1983, 13 Pa.B. 2829. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (34224) and (50845).

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