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Business and Professions Code - BPC

DIVISION 2. HEALING ARTS [500 - 4999.129]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 399. )

CHAPTER 6.5. Vocational Nursing [2840 - 2895.5]

  ( Chapter 6.5 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1689. )

ARTICLE 4. Vocational Nursing Schools [2880 - 2884]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1689. )

2880.
  

The board shall prepare and maintain a list of approved schools of vocational nursing in this state whose graduates, if they have the other necessary qualifications provided in this chapter, shall be eligible to apply for a license to practice vocational nursing in this state.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 338, Sec. 10. (SB 539) Effective January 1, 2012.)

2881.
  

An approved school of vocational nursing is one which has been approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians of the State of California, gives a course of instruction in vocational nursing of not less than 1,530 hours or 50 semester units approved by the board pursuant to Section 2882 whether the same be established by the State Board of Education, other educational institutions, or other public or private agencies or institutions and is affiliated or conducted in connection with one or more hospitals.

One hour of instruction for purposes of computing the total hours of instruction or for calculating semester units as specified in this section shall consist of not less than 50 minutes of actual class time.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 338, Sec. 11. (SB 539) Effective January 1, 2012.)

2881.1.
  

The board shall deny the application for approval made by, and shall revoke the approval given to, any school of vocational nursing that does not give to student applicants credit, in the field of nursing, for previous education and the opportunity to obtain credit for other acquired knowledge by the use of challenge examinations or other methods of evaluation.

The board shall prescribe, by regulation, the education for which credit is to be given and the amount of credit that is to be given for each type of education, including the amount of credit to be given to a certified nurse assistant, a nurse assistant who has provided direct nursing services in health facilities, and an applicant who has successfully completed equivalent courses offered by a secondary school that is approved by the State Department of Education in any state or by a nationally recognized regional accrediting body. These courses shall be assessed for equivalency by the vocational nursing school.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 338, Sec. 12. (SB 539) Effective January 1, 2012.)

2881.2.
  

(a) The approval process for a school or program shall be consistent with the following timelines:

(1) (A) Upon receipt of a letter of intent to submit an application for approval as a school or program of licensed vocational nursing, the board shall notify the proposed school or program of the steps in the approval process and provide an estimated wait time until active assignment to a nursing education consultant.

(B) Upon active assignment of a nursing education consultant, the school or program shall submit an initial application for approval within 60 days.

(2) (A) Within 30 days of the date the board receives an initial application for approval, the board shall notify the school or program whether the application is complete.

(B) A notice that an initial application is not complete shall specify what additional documents or payment of fees the school or program is required to submit to the board to make the application complete.

(3) Within 60 days from the date the board notifies the school or program that the initial application is not complete, the school or program shall provide the missing information. If a school or program fails to submit the required information, the board shall take the application out of consideration consistent with subdivision (c) of Section 2881.3. The board may provide a school or program with an additional 30 days to complete its application.

(4) Within six months of the date the board receives an initial application for approval as a school or program, the board shall approve the school or program, deny approval, or notify the school or program that corrective action is required.

(b) A school or program of vocational nursing seeking approval by the board shall remit to the board for deposit in the Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians Fund fees in accordance with the following schedule:

(1) The nonrefundable initial application fee shall be in an amount equal to the reasonable costs incurred by the board in reviewing and processing the application up to five thousand dollars ($5,000).

(2) (A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the final approval fee shall be in an amount equal to the reasonable costs incurred by the board in the application approval process up to fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).

(B) The final approval fee for an applicant program that meets all of the following criteria shall be an amount equal to the reasonable costs incurred by the board in the application approval process up to five thousand dollars ($5,000):

(i) The program is affiliated with an approved school or program that is in good standing.

(ii) The program utilizes the curriculum and policies approved by the board for the approved school or program.

(3) The continuing approval fee shall in be an amount equal to the reasonable costs incurred by the board in providing oversight and review of a school or program up to five thousand dollars ($5,000) once every four years.

(c) If the board makes an initial determination that the cost of providing oversight and review of a school or program under this section is less than the amount of any fees required to be paid by that school or program, the board shall decrease the fees applicable to that institution to an amount that is proportional to the board’s reasonable costs associated with that school or program.

(d) The board may reduce the continuing approval fees, by no more than one-half of the established fee, for a program that experiences a reduction in state funding that directly leads to a reduction in enrollment capacity. The board shall require a program to provide documentation for the purposes of issuing the fee delay.

(e) (1) Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the board shall, without taking any further regulatory action, implement, interpret, or make specific this section by means of provider bulletins or similar instructions until emergency regulations are adopted pursuant to paragraph (2). The board shall provide written notice 30 days prior to the adoption of any instruction under this paragraph and post the notice on its internet website. It is the intent of the Legislature that the board have temporary authority as necessary to implement program changes until completion of the regulatory process.

(2) The board shall adopt emergency regulations no later than June 30, 2022. The adoption of regulations shall be deemed an emergency and necessary to avoid serious harm to the public peace, health, safety, or general welfare within the meaning of Section 11342.545 of the Government Code, and the board need not make a written finding of emergency as required by Section 11346.1 of the Government Code. Notwithstanding subdivisions (e) and (h) of Section 11346.1 of the Government Code, the board may annually readopt any emergency regulation authorized by this section that is the same as or substantially equivalent to an emergency regulation previously adopted pursuant to this section until January 1, 2024.

(3) The initial adoption of emergency regulations and the readoption of emergency regulations authorized by this section shall be submitted to the Office of Administrative Law for filing with the Secretary of State. The emergency regulations shall remain in effect for no more than one year from the date any regulation became effective as an emergency regulation.

(f) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed.

(Added by Stats. 2021, Ch. 632, Sec. 27. (AB 1536) Effective January 1, 2022. Repealed as of January 1, 2025, by its own provisions.)

2881.3.
  

(a) The board shall maintain a list of inactive vocational nursing schools and programs seeking board approval.

(b) A vocational nursing school or program seeking board approval shall respond to the board within two weeks of each inquiry or request during all phases. A school or program that does not respond within two weeks, or fails to pay the required fees, shall be designated as inactive.

(c) A vocational nursing school or program seeking board approval that remains on the inactive list for 90 days shall be taken out of consideration for a new program and may only reapply after six months.

(Added by Stats. 2021, Ch. 632, Sec. 28. (AB 1536) Effective January 1, 2022.)

2882.
  

The course of instruction of an approved school of vocational nursing shall consist of not less than the required number of hours of instruction in such subjects as the board may from time to time by regulation determine, together with the required number of hours in the care of medical, surgical, obstetrical patients, sick children, and such other clinical experience as from time to time may be determined by the board.

The board shall, by regulation, provide for the approval of courses of instruction expressed in hours of instruction, or academic units, or which require satisfactory demonstration of skills and behavioral competencies.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 338, Sec. 13. (SB 539) Effective January 1, 2012.)

2883.
  

It shall be the duty of the board, through an official representative, to inspect or review all schools of vocational nursing in this state at such times as the board shall deem necessary. Written reports of the inspection or review shall be made to the board, which shall thereupon approve the schools of vocational nursing that meet the requirements provided by the board.

Upon receiving the report of the representative, if the board determines that any approved school of vocational nursing is not maintaining the standard required by the board, notice thereof in writing specifying the defect or defects shall be immediately given to the school. If the defects are not corrected within a reasonable time, the school of nursing may be removed from the approved list and notice thereof in writing given to it.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 338, Sec. 14. (SB 539) Effective January 1, 2012.)

2884.
  

None of the provisions of this chapter shall be applicable to any school or schools conducted by any well recognized church or denomination for the purpose of training the adherents of such church or denomination in the care of the sick in accordance with its religious tenets.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1689.)

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