|(a) Course approval.
(1) The course supervisor/administrator shall submit
an application form and a non-refundable initial midwifery course
application fee to the department with the following supporting documentation:
(A) course outline;
(B) course curriculum with specific content references
(i) MANA Core Competencies;
(ii) NARM Written Test Specifications;
(iii) NARM Skills Assessment Test Specifications;
(iv) Texas Midwifery Basic Information and Instructor
(v) protocol writing, adaptation and revision.
(C) identification of didactic and preceptorship teaching
(D) a financial statement or balance sheet (within
the last year) for the course supervisor/administrator or course owner
and disclosure of any bankruptcy within the last five years; and
(E) written policies to include:
(i) tuition schedule, other charges, and cancellation
and refund policy, including the right of any prospective student
to cancel his/her enrollment agreement within 72 hours after signing
the agreement and receive a full refund of any money paid;
(ii) student attendance, progress, and grievance policies;
(iii) rules of operation and conduct of school personnel;
(iv) requirements for state licensure;
(v) disclosure of approval status of course;
(vi) maintenance of student files; and
(vii) reasonable access for non-English speakers and
compliance with federal and state laws on accessibility.
(2) Student files shall be maintained for a minimum
of five years and shall include:
(A) evidence that the entrance requirements have been
(B) documentation demonstrating completion of didactic
and clinical course work; and
(C) copies of any financial agreements between the
student and the school.
(3) The department staff shall review each course application
submitted for approval. If an application for initial approval meets
all of the requirements specified in this paragraph, a one-year provisional
approval will be granted. An on-site evaluation of the course shall
be scheduled. The evaluation shall be conducted by a member of the
department staff and a licensed midwife within the provisional year.
The site visit will include the following:
(A) an inspection of the course's facilities;
(B) a review of its teaching plan, protocols, and teaching
(C) a review of didactic and preceptorship instruction;
(D) interviews with staff and students; and
(E) a review of student, staff and preceptor files,
to include coursework, protocols, and financial records.
(4) A nonrefundable site visit fee shall be assessed
for each site visit.
(5) The site visit written report shall recommend to
the department approval or denial of the course.
(6) The department shall evaluate the application and
all other pertinent information, including any complaints received
and the site visit report.
(b) Course reciprocity. A basic midwifery education
course which is currently accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation
Council (MEAC) shall be deemed approved under this subsection upon
submission of evidence of such accreditation.
(c) Duration of course approval.
(1) The department shall approve courses for a three
(2) Course supervisors/administrators shall reapply
for approval six months prior to expiration.
(d) Course changes. Any substantive change(s) in the
course or its content shall be submitted to the department within
ten working days after change(s).