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49 Pa. Code § 21.85. Baccalaureate general educational criteria.

§ 21.85. Baccalaureate general educational criteria.

 (a)  The educational policies of the educational unit in nursing shall be consistent with those of the controlling institution.

 (b)  The curriculum shall reflect the philosophy and purposes of the educational unit in nursing and shall implement the objectives of the program.

 (c)  There shall be an educational rationale for the selection and distribution of courses and for the selection of theoretical and clinical laboratory content in nursing courses.

 (d)  The rationale for the allocation of credit for nursing courses shall be consistent with the practice of the institution.

 (e)  The courses shall be planned on the academic term basis common to the institution.

 (f)  The learning experiences and methods of instruction shall provide opportunity for fulfilling the purposes of the educational unit in nursing and the objectives of the program.

 (g)  Learning experiences and methods that promote critical thinking and synthesis of learning shall be utilized in the teaching-learning process.

 (h)  Consideration shall be given to individual differences among students.

 (i)  The program shall build its professional education on a general education basis.

 (j)  Courses in general education shall be shared with students in other disciplines of the controlling institution.

 (k)  Provision shall be made for students to take electives in upper divisional general education courses.

 (l)  Nursing courses shall be organized to use and reinforce relevant learnings from preceding and concurrent nursing courses.

 (m)  Education in the nursing major shall be offered largely at the upper divisional level.

 (n)  Nursing courses and curriculum shall be organized to continue the development of values, understandings, knowledge and skills needed in all aspects of professional nursing.

 (o)  Preparation insuring professional nursing competencies shall be provided through selected and supervised learning experiences.

 (p)  The ratio of credits in nursing, that is, the major field of study, general education and elective credits shall be consistent with the nature, purposes and requirements of the parent institution.

 (q)  The ratio of students to faculty shall assure optimal learning opportunities in clinical laboratory sessions and shall be consistent with the objectives of the clinical nursing courses.

 (r)  The curriculum for baccalaureate nursing programs shall give evidence of providing learning experiences which will prepare graduates for professional nursing practice. The standards of practice are defined and delineated by the nursing profession.

 (s)  Course syllabi that identify all aspects of each course shall be developed and readily available.


   The provisions of this §  21.85 amended October 22, 1976, effective October 23, 1976, 6 Pa.B. 2677; amended September 16, 1983, effective September 17, 1983, 13 Pa.B. 2829. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (30257) to (30258).

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