.18 New Programs.

A. Approval Requirements.

(1) An institution wishing to establish a nursing program shall submit to the Board:

(a) A letter of intent;

(b) Proof of regional accreditation;

(c) A copy of the prospectus and program proposal submitted to MHEC;

(d) An addendum that describes in detail the:

(i) Type and length of nursing program;

(ii) Curriculum plan;

(iii) Program objectives, outcomes, or competencies; and

(iv) Description of available clinical resources;

(e) Evidence that the proposed nursing program is based upon sound educational principles; and

(f) Materials validating that the educational institution is prepared to meet the requirements specified in this chapter.

(2) A nursing program providing on-site didactic or clinical instruction in Maryland shall comply with this chapter and receive Board approval of the on-site program before the commencement of instruction.

(3) Both MHEC and the Board shall collaborate on program review.

(4) Following review of the materials submitted, the Board shall notify the institution as to whether further clarifications or revisions are necessary.

B. Approval Process.

(1) The proposed nursing education program shall be reviewed at a regularly scheduled Board meeting.

(2) The Board may:

(a) Deny further consideration of the proposal;

(b) Defer action on the proposal; or

(c) Authorize a site visit and, following the site visit, approve, defer action, or deny the request.

(3) If deferred or denied, the institution shall be notified in writing of the reasons for the action.

C. Initial Approval. Initial approval:

(1) Is required before the admission of students;

(2) Requires concurrence of the Maryland Higher Education Commission; and

(3) Extends until the school or program has graduated its first class.

D. Full Approval. Following graduation of the first class, the Board shall evaluate the school or program for full approval, considering the:

(1) Report of a survey of the school or program by the professional staff, scheduled before graduation of the first class;

(2) Results of the performance of the graduates on the National Council Licensure Examination; and

(3) Demonstrated continued ability to provide an educational program that meets the standards set by the Board.