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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 90. Board of Nursing
Chapter 26. Regulations for Nurse Aide Education Programs

18VAC90-26-80. Requirements for an approved advanced certification education program.

A. The advanced certification education program shall be approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. An approved advanced certification education program shall also be an approved nurse aide education program as set forth in 18VAC90-26-20.

B. An advanced certification education program shall consist of a minimum of 140 hours, at least 20 hours of which shall be specifically designated for skills acquisition in the laboratory setting. There shall also be a minimum of 40 hours of clinical skills instruction in direct client care with onsite supervision by instructional personnel. When nurse aides are engaged in direct client care in the course of advanced certification training, the ratio shall not exceed 10 students to one instructor.

C. The instructional personnel in an approved advanced certification education program shall meet the requirements as set forth in 18VAC90-26-30.

D. The curricula of an approved advanced certification education program shall, at a minimum, meet the requirements of 18VAC90-26-40.

E. Each advanced certification program shall develop an individual record of major skills taught and the date of performance by the student. At the completion of the program, the program shall provide each nurse aide with a copy of this record and a certificate of completion, as specified in 18VAC90-26-50 A.

F. An advanced certification education program shall develop and submit to the board a competency evaluation based on the curriculum content required in 18VAC90-26-40. Such an evaluation shall include both a written test on the curriculum and an assessment of manual skills. A record of the reports of each graduate's performance on the nurse aide certification examination (the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program or NNAAP) shall be maintained for a minimum of three years.

G. Program review shall be in accordance with requirements of 18VAC90-26-60 and shall be conducted concurrently with the onsite review of the basic nurse aide education program. Loss of board approval for the basic nurse aide education program shall automatically result in the loss of approval for the advanced certification education program.

H. When an advanced certification education program closes, the program provider shall comply with 18VAC90-26-70 B.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-2400 and 54.1-3005 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 17, eff. May 12, 2021.

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