201 KAR 20:280. Standards for developmental status, initial status, and approval of prelicensure registered nurse and practical nurse programs.


      RELATES TO: KRS 314.011(5), (9), 314.111(1), (2), (3), 314.131(2)

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 314.111, 314.131(1)

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 314.111 requires the board to review schools, approve qualified schools, and, if appropriate, withdraw approval for schools of nursing. KRS 314.131(1) authorizes the board to promulgate administrative regulations necessary to implement KRS Chapter 314.This administrative regulation establishes the standards for the development and approval of programs that prepare graduates for admission to the licensure examination and to facilitate endorsement of licensure status to other states.


      Section 1. Definitions. (1) "Developmental status" means approval of the proposal.

      (2) "Initial status" means admission of the first class.

      (3) "Program approval" means permission by the board to operate a program of nursing.


      Section 2. Establishment of a Program of Nursing. (1) The governing institution may receive consultation from the board prior to establishing a program of nursing.

      (2) The governing institution that desires to establish and conduct the program of nursing shall be accredited as established in 201 KAR 20:260, Section 2.


      Section 3. Letter of Intent. (1) The governing institution shall submit to the board a letter of intent to establish a prelicensure program of nursing and the fee required by 201 KAR 20:240.

      (2) The letter of intent shall be completed under the direction or consultation of a registered nurse who meets the qualifications of a program administrator as established in 201 KAR 20:310.

      (3) The letter of intent shall include:

      (a) Approval from the governing body of the institution proposing the program of nursing or other empowered approval bodies as applicable;

      (b) The results of a feasibility study that includes the following information related to the need for the program of nursing:

      1. Nursing workforce supply and demand data from the past year for the area within a fifty (50) mile radius; and

      2. A description of the applicant pool that is being targeted and how this population will be reached;

      (c) Evidence that an introductory letter has been sent to all programs within a fifty (50) mile radius;

      (d) Documentation from cooperating healthcare agencies in the community that they will provide support for the creation of the program of nursing. This documentation shall include evidence of the agencies’ intention to contribute to the achievement of the clinical objectives of the program;

      (e) General information about the governing institution including the mission, ownership, method of financing, accreditation, enrollment, area served, and institutional faculty qualifications and resources;

      (f) A timeline for the hiring of a full time program administrator, admission of students, and projected graduation of the first class;

      (g) Evidence of a sound financial base and demonstrated financial stability available for planning, implementing, and maintaining the proposed program of nursing;

      (h) A copy of the curriculum vitae of the registered nurse involved in the planning; and

      (i) Description and rationale for the proposed type of program of nursing.

      (4)(a) If concerns are raised about the need for the program or about the ability of the program to obtain appropriate clinical sites, a hearing shall be held before the board’s education committee to act upon the letter of intent.

      (b) At the conclusion of the hearing, the committee shall recommend to the board whether or not to approve the letter of intent.

      (c) If the letter of intent is approved by the board, the governing institution shall be notified in writing that it may move to the proposal phase. The governing institution shall appoint a qualified program administrator and provide appropriate resources, consultants, and faculty to develop the proposed program plan. The proposal shall be submitted within one (1) year of the date of the approval of the letter of intent or the letter of intent shall expire.


      Section 4. Proposal Phase. (1)(a) A completed program proposal shall be submitted to the board by the governing institution for approval.

      (b) If the governing institution has not completed the program proposal within one (1) year of the date of the approval of the letter of intent, the program proposal shall be void and the governing institution shall comply with Section 3 of this administrative regulation.

      (2) The program shall not be announced, advertised, or students admitted to the program of nursing until the proposal has been approved and developmental status has been granted by the board.

      (3) The program proposal shall include:

      (a) Philosophy, mission, and learning outcomes of the governing institution;

      (b) An organizational chart of the governing institution and written plan, which describes the organization of the program of nursing and its relationship to the institution;

      (c) Proposed philosophy, mission, and learning outcomes for the proposed program;

      (d) Curriculum design including proposed course sequence and credit hours delineating those credits assigned to theory and clinical;

      (e) Recruitment plan and the enrollment baseline as set out in 201 KAR 20:260, Section 3(1)(b);

      (f) A five (5) year plan for recruiting and retaining qualified nurse faculty;

      (g) A proposed job description for the program administrator reflecting authority and responsibility;

      (h) A description of faculty offices, classrooms, clinical skills laboratory, library facilities, conference rooms, and learning resources;

      (i) A description of support services for students, to include provision of health services or evidence of an emergency plan for care, academic advisement, student services, mechanism for obtaining learning resources, and financial aid;

      (j) Availability and willingness of accredited agencies to provide clinical experiences across the curriculum. This information shall include the:

      1. Shifts and days students will work;

      2. Number of students each agency can accept;

      3. Clinical experience that will be available from each agency;

      4. Other nursing programs that utilize this agency; and

      5. Plan to avoid displacement of students from existing programs;

      (k) Policies and procedures for student selection and progression, including the plan to retain students so as to maintain a low attrition rate;

      (l) A plan for clerical assistance and support staff as set out in 201 KAR 20:260, Section 2(6);

      (m) A general plan for an on-going, research based planning and evaluation process that incorporates a systematic review of the program that results in continuing improvement; and

      (n) A description of financial resources to support the program including a budget for the first three (3) years with projected revenues and expenditures and the amount of resources going to institutions or organizations for contractual or support services.

      (4) The program of nursing shall meet with the board staff to clarify, verify, and amplify materials included in the program proposal.

      (5) The governing institution shall be notified in writing of action taken by the board on the proposal.

      (a) If the board determines that all requirements have been met, the program shall be granted developmental status.

      (b) The board, in collaboration with the program, shall determine an opening date.

      (6) Developmental status shall be withdrawn if program requirements are not met or if a class is not enrolled within eighteen (18) months after the board granted developmental status.

      (a) If a proposed program does not comply with 201 KAR 20:260 through 360, developmental status may be withdrawn.

      (b) The governing institution shall be notified in writing of the withdrawal of developmental status.

      (7) Students shall not be admitted to the program of nursing until developmental status has been granted by the board.

      (8) Failure to submit board required reports within the designated time period may result in the withdrawal of developmental status.

      (9) Employment of program administrator and faculty.

      (a) The program administrator shall be the first faculty member employed, and shall have assumed full time responsibilities for the program prior to submission of the proposal to the board.

      (b) The faculty as established in 201 KAR 20:310 shall be employed in sufficient numbers to prepare for the development of the curriculum component of the program.

      (10) Any deviation from the initial curriculum plan approved within the proposal shall be approved by the board before the first class begins course requirements.

      (11) Written contracts for use of clinical facilities shall be executed prior to admission to the first nursing course.

      (12) The program of nursing shall submit semi-annual progress and evaluation reports to demonstrate implementation of the approved proposal until the first class graduates.

      (13) Site visits shall be conducted by the board as necessary.


      Section 5. Initial Status and Program Approval. (1) The status of the program shall move automatically from developmental status to initial status upon admission of the first class. It shall be the responsibility of the program of nursing to notify the board of the admission of the first class.

      (2) The program shall notify the board in writing thirty (30) days prior to the graduation of the first class.

      (3) Eligibility for program approval occurs after the graduation of the first class. Within sixty (60) days after graduation of the first class, the faculty shall submit a written report that:

      (a) Evaluates the implementation of the program of nursing compared to the approved proposal; and

      (b) Addresses compliance with the standards set by 201 KAR 20:260 through 360.

      (4) The decision to grant or deny program approval shall be based on review of the report submitted by the program of nursing and a site visit report by a representative of the board.

      (5) If program approval is denied, the applicant may request a hearing pursuant to KRS Chapter 13B. (11 Ky.R. 1699; eff. 6-4-1985; Am. 29 Ky.R. 1300; 1761; eff. 1-15-2003; 32 Ky.R. 722; eff. 3-9-2006; 34 Ky.R. 338; 709; eff. 10-17-2007; 40 Ky.R. 1340; 1717; eff. 2-19-2014; 42 Ky.R. 2419, 2720; eff. 6-3-2016.)