|(a) The governing entity of a vocational nursing education
program shall be licensed/approved or deemed exempt by the TWC or
(b) There shall be an organizational chart indicating
lines of authority between the vocational nursing education program
and the governing entity.
(c) The vocational nursing education program shall
have comparable status with other education units within the governing
entity in such areas as budgetary authority, rank, promotion, tenure,
leave, benefits, and professional development.
(d) Salaries shall be adequate to recruit, employ,
and retain sufficient qualified nursing faculty members with the expertise
necessary for students to meet program goals.
(e) The governing entity shall provide financial support
and resources needed to operate a vocational nursing education program
which meets the requirements of the Board and fosters achievement
of program goals. The financial resources shall support adequate educational
facilities, equipment, and qualified administrative and instructional
(f) Each vocational nursing education program shall
be administered by a qualified individual who is accountable for the
planning, implementation, and evaluation of the vocational nursing
(1) The director/coordinator shall hold an unencumbered
current license or privilege to practice as a registered nurse in
the state of Texas.
(2) The director/coordinator shall have been actively
employed in nursing for the past five (5) years, preferably in administration
or teaching, with a minimum of one (1) year teaching experience in
a pre-licensure nursing education program.
(3) If the director/or coordinator has not been actively
employed in nursing for the past five (5) years, the director's or
coordinator's advanced preparation in nursing, nursing education,
and nursing administration and prior relevant nursing employment may
be taken into consideration by Board Staff in evaluating qualifications
for the position.
(4) The director/coordinator shall have a degree or
equivalent experience that will demonstrate competency and advanced
preparation in nursing, education, and administration.
(5) The director/coordinator must have had five (5)
years of varied nursing experience since graduation from a professional
nursing education program.
(6) In a fully approved vocational nursing education
program, other qualifications may be considered if there is supporting
evidence that the candidate has sufficient competencies to fulfill
(7) The director or coordinator may have responsibilities
other than the program, provided that another qualified nursing faculty
member is designated to assist with the program management.
(8) A director or coordinator with responsibilities
other than the program shall not have major teaching responsibilities.
(g) When the director/coordinator or of the program
changes, the director/coordinator shall submit to the Board office
written notification of the change indicating the final date of employment.
(1) A new Dean/Director/Coordinator Qualification Form
shall be submitted to the Board office by the governing entity for
approval prior to the appointment of a new director/coordinator or
an interim director/coordinator in an existing program or a new vocational
nursing education program according to Board Education Guideline 3.4.1.a.
Approval Process for a New Dean/Director/Coordinator or New Interim/Dean/Director/Coordinator.
(2) A curriculum vitae and all applicable official
transcripts for the proposed new director/coordinator shall be submitted
with the new Dean/Director/Coordinator Qualification Form, according
to Board Education Guideline 3.4.1.a.
(3) If an interim director/coordinator is appointed
to fill the position, this appointment shall not exceed one (1) year.
(h) A newly appointed director/coordinator or interim
director/coordinator of a vocational nursing education program shall
attend a scheduled new director/coordinator workshop provided by the
Board related to education rules and the role and responsibilities
of newly appointed directors/coordinators within one (1) year of his/her
hire date in that role.
(i) The director/coordinator shall have the authority
to direct the vocational nursing education program in all its phases,
including approval of teaching staff, selection of appropriate clinical
sites, admission, progression, probation, dismissal of students, and
enforcement of student policies. Additional responsibilities include,
but are not limited to:
(1) providing evidence of faculty expertise and knowledge
to teach curriculum content;
(2) verifying students' completion of program requirements;
(3) completing and submitting the Texas Board of Nursing
Affidavit of Graduation; and
(4) completing and submitting the NEPIS and CANEP by
the required dates.
(j) The director or coordinator of the nursing program
shall notify Board Staff immediately when there is a change in the
name of the vocational nursing education program or the governing
entity, or when there are changes in contact information.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §214.6 adopted to be effective February 13, 2005, 30 TexReg 545; amended to be effective January 10, 2008, 33 TexReg 179; amended to be effective October 19, 2008, 33 TexReg 8501; amended to be effective December 27, 2010, 35 TexReg 11662; amended to be effective October 21, 2012, 37 TexReg 8294; amended to be effective August 9, 2018, 43 TexReg 5072