(a)  At least six months prior to the proposed enrollment of students in a nursing program, an institution seeking approval to operate a nursing program shall employ a program director qualified pursuant to 21 NCAC 36 .0317(c) to develop an application documenting the following:

(1)           a narrative description of the organizational structure of the program and its relationship to the controlling institution, including accreditation status.  The controlling institution shall be an accredited institution;

(2)           a general overview of the entire proposed curriculum that includes:

(A)          the program philosophy, purposes, and objectives;

(B)          a master plan of the curriculum, indicating the sequence for both nursing and non-nursing courses, as well as prerequisites and corequisites;

(C)          course descriptions and course objectives for all courses; and

(D)          course syllabi pursuant to 21 NCAC 36. 0321(i) for all first-year nursing courses;

(3)           the proposed student population;

(4)           the projected student enrollment;

(5)           evidence of learning resources and clinical experiences available to implement and maintain the program;

(6)           financial resources adequate to begin and maintain the program;

(7)           physical facilities adequate to house the program;

(8)           support services available to the program from the controlling institution;

(9)           approval of the program by the governing body of the controlling institution; and

(10)         a plan with a specified time frame for:

(A)          availability of qualified faculty as specified in 21 NCAC 36 .0318;

(B)          course syllabi as specified in 21 NCAC 36. 0321(h) of this Section for all nursing courses;

(C)          student policies for admission, progression, and graduation of students, pursuant to 21 NCAC 36 .0320 of this Section; and

(D)          comprehensive program evaluation pursuant to 21 NCAC 36 .0317(d).

(b)  The application to establish a nursing program shall be on a Board form, contain current and accurate information required in Paragraph (a) of this Rule, be complete, and be signed by the program director and the chief executive officer of the controlling institution.

(c)  The completed application shall be received by the Board not less than 120days prior to a regular meeting of the Board to be considered for placement on the agenda of that meeting.

(d)  The Board shall conduct an on-site survey of the proposed program after the application meets all the requirements set forth in this Rule, shall prepare a survey report, and afford the petitioning institution an opportunity to respond to the survey report.

(e)  The Board shall consider all evidence, including the application, the survey report, comments from representatives of the petitioning institution, public comments, and the status of other nursing programs at the institution in determining whether to approve the application.

(f)  If the Board finds, from the evidence presented, that the resources and plans meet all requirements set forth in this Rule for establishing a new nursing program, the Board shall grant Initial Approval, and shall establish a maximum enrollment and implementation date.

(g)  If the Board determines that a proposed program does not comply with all rules, Initial Approval shall be denied. 

(h)   The Board shall rescind the Initial Approval of a program if the controlling institution fails to submit documentation as set forth in the plan required by Subparagraph (a)(10) of this Rule.

(i)  The Board shall rescind the Initial Approval of a program if the first class of students is not enrolled in the program within one year after issuing the Initial Approval.

(j)  For 12 months following rescission of approval, the controlling institution shall not submit an application for establishing a nursing program.

(k)  A program shall retain Initial Approval Status for the time necessary for full implementation of the curriculum provided that the program complies with Section .0300 of this Chapter.

(l)  Programs with Initial Approval shall be surveyed:

(1)           during the final term of curriculum implementation of the program; and

(2)           upon receipt by the Board of information that the program may not be complying with Section .0300.

(m)  If at any time it comes to the attention of the Board that a program on Initial Approval is not complying with Section .0300 of this Chapter, the program, upon written notification, shall:

(1)           correct the area of noncompliance and submit written evidence of this correction to the Board; or

(2)           submit and implement a plan for correction to the Board.

(n)  The Board shall rescind the Initial Approval of a program if the Board determines that the program does not comply with Paragraph (m) of this Rule.

(o)  If, following the survey and during final curriculum implementation, the Boards finds that the program is complying with Section .0300 of this Chapter, the Board shall place the program on Full Approval status.

(p)  If, following the survey and during final curriculum implementation, the Board finds that the program does not comply with the Section .0300 of this Chapter, the Board shall rescind the program's Initial Approval and provide the program with written notice of the Board's decision.

(q)  Upon written request from the program submitted within 10 business days of the Board's written notice of rescinding the Initial Approval, the Board shall schedule a hearing within 30 business days from the date on which the request was received.

(r)  Following the hearing and consideration of all evidence provided, the Board shall assign the program Full Approval status or shall enter an Order rescinding the Initial Approval status, which shall constitute program closure pursuant to 21 NCAC 36 .0309.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 90‑171.23(b)(8); 90‑171.38;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. June 1, 1992; January 1, 1989; November 1, 1984; May 1, 1982;

Temporary Amendment Eff. October 11, 2001;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2016; January 1, 2009; December 1, 2005; August 1, 2002.