Chief Sponsor: David G. Buxton

House Sponsor: Calvin R. Musselman


8     General Description:
9          This bill amends the Nurse Practice Act.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     amends provisions relating to the limited approval of certain nursing education
13     programs.
14     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
15          None
16     Other Special Clauses:
17          None
18     Utah Code Sections Affected:
19     AMENDS:
20          58-31b-601, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2016, Chapter 26

22     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
23          Section 1. Section 58-31b-601 is amended to read:
24          58-31b-601. Minimum standards for nursing programs -- Medication aide
25     training.
26          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), to qualify as an approved education program
27     for the purpose of qualifying graduates for licensure under this chapter, a nursing education
28     program shall be accredited by an accrediting body for nursing education that is approved by
29     the United States Department of Education.

30          (2) (a) In accordance with Subsection (2)(b) and Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
31     Administrative Rulemaking Act, the division, in consultation with the board, may make rules
32     establishing requirements for a nursing education program to qualify for a limited time as an
33     approved education program for the purpose of qualifying graduates for licensure under this
34     chapter, if the program:
35          (i) (A) is in the process of obtaining the accreditation described in Subsection (1);
36          (B) has recently been denied accreditation after seeking to obtain the accreditation
37     described in Subsection (1); or
38          (C) has recently lost the accreditation described in Subsection (1); and
39          (ii) is approved under Subsection (2)(a) on or before May 15, 2016.
40          (b) A program approved under Subsection (2)(a) may qualify graduates for licensure
41     under Subsection (2)(a) until [December 31, 2020] June 30, 2022.
42          (c) Beginning November 30, 2020, a program approved under Subsection (2)(a) may
43     not enroll any new students into the program unless:
44          (i) the program has a final site visit scheduled with a nursing program accreditor for the
45     accreditation described in Subsection (1); and
46          (ii) the final site visit described in Subsection (2)(c)(i) is scheduled during the period
47     beginning November 30, 2020, and ending May 30, 2021.
48          (d) On or after [January 1, 2021] July 1, 2022, a nursing education program that is not
49     an approved education program under Subsection (1) may not qualify graduates for licensure
50     under this chapter.
51          (3) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, and
52     the provisions of this chapter, the division shall make rules defining the minimum standards for
53     a medication aide certified training program to qualify a person for certification under this
54     chapter as a medication aide certified.