|(a) The governing entity of a professional nursing
education program, not including a diploma program, must be accredited
by an agency recognized by the THECB or hold a certificate of authority
from the THECB under provisions leading to accreditation of the institution
in due course.
(b) There shall be an organizational chart which demonstrates
the relationship of the professional nursing education program to
the governing entity and indicates lines of responsibility and authority.
(c) In colleges and universities, the professional
nursing education program shall have comparable status with other
academic units within the governing entity in such areas as budgetary
authority, rank, promotion, tenure, leave, benefits, and professional
(d) Salaries shall be adequate to recruit, employ,
and retain sufficient qualified nursing faculty members with graduate
preparation and expertise necessary for students to meet program goals.
(e) The governing entity shall provide financial support
and resources needed to operate a professional 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 professional nursing education program shall
be administered by a qualified individual who is accountable for the
planning, implementation, and evaluation of the professional nursing
education program. The dean or director shall:
(1) hold an unencumbered current license or privilege
to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Texas;
(2) hold a master's degree or a doctoral degree in
(3) hold a doctoral degree, if administering a baccalaureate
or master's degree program;
(4) have a minimum of two (2) years teaching experience
in a professional nursing education program;
(5) have demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities
in administration within a professional nursing education program;
(6) not carry a teaching load of more than three (3)
clock hours per week if required to teach.
(g) In a fully approved professional nursing education
program, other qualifications may be considered if there is supporting
evidence that the candidate has sufficient competencies to fulfill
(h) When the dean/director of the program changes,
the dean/director 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 dean/director or interim
dean/director in an existing program or a new professional 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 official transcripts
for the proposed new dean/director shall be submitted with the new
Dean/Director/Coordinator Qualification Form according to Board Education
(3) If an interim dean/director is appointed to fill
the position, this appointment shall not exceed one (1) year.
(i) A newly appointed dean/director or interim dean/director
of a professional nursing education program shall attend a scheduled
new dean/director orientation workshop provided by the Board related
to education rules and the role and responsibilities of newly appointed
deans/directors within one (1) year of his/her hire date in that role.
(j) The dean/director shall have the authority to direct
the professional 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.
(k) The dean or director of the nursing program shall
notify Board Staff immediately when there is a change in the name
of the professional nursing education program or the governing entity,
or when there are changes in the contact information.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §215.6 adopted to be effective January 9, 2005, 29 TexReg 12190; amended to be effective August 11, 2005, 30 TexReg 4480; amended to be effective January 10, 2008, 33 TexReg 183; amended to be effective October 19, 2008, 33 TexReg 8509; amended to be effective October 23, 2012, 37 TexReg 8304; amended to be effective August 9, 2018, 43 TexReg 5074