21 NCAC 36 .0303             EXISTING NURSING PROGRAM

(a)  All nursing programs under the authority of the Board may obtain national program accreditation by a nursing accreditation body as defined in 21 NCAC 36 .0120(29).

(b)  Full Approval

(1)           The Board shall review approved programs at least every eight years as specified in G.S. 90-171.40. Reviews of individual programs shall be conducted at shorter intervals upon request from the individual institution or as considered necessary by the Board.  National accreditation self-study reports shall provide a basis for review for accredited programs.

(2)           The Board shall send a written report of the review no more than 20 business days following the completion of the review process.  Responses from a nursing education program regarding a review report or Warning Status as referenced in Paragraph (c) of this Rule shall be received in the Board office by the deadline date specified in the letter accompanying the report or notification of Warning Status.  If no materials or documents are received by the specified deadline date, the Board shall act upon the findings in the review report and the testimony of the Board staff.

(3)           If the Board determines that a program has complied with the rules in this Section, the program shall be continued on Full Approval status.

(4)           If the Board determines a pattern of noncompliance with one or more rules in this Section, a review shall be conducted.  The program shall submit to the Board a plan of compliance to correct the identified pattern.  Failure to comply with the correction plan shall result in withdrawal of approval, constituting program closure, consistent with 21 NCAC 36 .0309.

(c)  Warning Status

(1)           If the Board determines that a program is not complying with the rules in this Section, the Board shall assign the program Warning Status and shall give written notice by certified mail to the program specifying:

(A)          the areas in which there is noncompliance;

(B)          the date by which the program must comply with the rules in this Section.  The maximum time for compliance is two years after issuance of the written notice; and

(C)          the opportunity to schedule a hearing. Any request for a hearing regarding the program Warning Status shall be submitted to the Board. A hearing shall be afforded pursuant to the provisions of G.S. 150B, Article 3A.

(2)           On or before the required date of compliance identified in this Paragraph, if the Board determines that the program is complying with the rules in this Section, the Board shall assign the program Full Approval Status.

(3)           If the Board finds the program is not in compliance with the rules in this Section by the date specified in Part (c)(1)(B) of this Rule, the program shall remain on Warning Status: and,

(A)          a review by the Board shall be conducted during that time;

(B)          following review, the Board may continue the program on Warning Status; or

(C)          the Board may withdraw approval, constituting program closure consistent with Subparagraph (b)(4) of this Rule.

(4)           Upon written request from the program submitted within 10 business days of the Board's written notice of Warning Status, the Board shall schedule a hearing within 30 business days after the date on which the request was received.

(5)           When a hearing is held at the request of the program and the Board determines

the program is in compliance with the rules in this Section, the Board shall assign the program Full Approval Status.

(6)           When a hearing is held at the request of the program and the Board determines that the program is not in compliance with the rules in this Section, the program shall remain on Warning Status; and,

(A)          a review by the Board shall be conducted during that time;

(B)          following review, the Board may continue the program on Warning Status; or

(C)          the Board may withdraw approval, constituting program closure consistent with Subparagraph (b)(4) of this Rule.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90-171.23(b); 90-171.38; 90-171.39; 90-171.40;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2016; August 1, 2011; July 3, 2008; March 1, 2006; January 1, 2004; June 1, 1992; January 1, 1989.