The board shall prescribe curricula and standards for schools, clinical practice areas and courses preparing persons for licensure under this article; it shall provide for surveys of such schools, clinical practice areas and courses at such times as it may deem necessary. It shall accredit such schools, clinical practice areas and courses as meet the requirements of this article and of the board. An institution desiring to conduct a school of practical nursing to be accredited by the board as such shall file an application therefor with the board, together with the information required and such fee as may be prescribed by the board. It shall submit satisfactory evidence that: (1) It is prepared to give the course of instruction and practical experience in practical nursing as prescribed in the curricula adopted by the board; and (2) it is prepared to meet other standards established by this law and by the board.
A survey of the institution or institutions, with which the school is to be, or is, affiliated, shall be made by the executive secretary of the board. The executive secretary shall submit a written report of the survey to the board. If, in the opinion of the board, the requirements for an accredited school of practical nursing are met, it shall approve the school as an accredited school of practical nursing. From time to time as deemed necessary by the board, it shall be the duty of the board, through its executive secretary, to survey all schools of practical nursing in the state. Written reports of such surveys shall be submitted to the board. If the board determines that any accredited school of practical nursing is not maintaining the standards required by the statutes and by the board, notice thereof in writing specifying the defect or defects shall be immediately given to the school. A school which fails to correct these conditions to the satisfaction of the board within a reasonable time shall be removed from the list of accredited schools of practical nursing and shall be in violation of this article. Nothing contained in this article shall infringe upon the rights or power of the state board of education, or county boards of education to establish and conduct a program of practical nurse education or other health occupation so long as the prescribed curricula meets the requirements of the board.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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