(1) Curriculum Organization.

An organized curriculum pattern shall provide for appropriate sequence and correlation of content to aid students in effective integration of learning throughout the entire program.

(2) Curriculum Content. Minimum instruction and clinical experience:
(a) Instruction hours - 550 contact hours (this includes both classroom and planned clinical conferences).
(b) Clinical experience - a minimum of:
1. Medical-Surgical Nursing, 300 contact hours.
2. Mother and Infant care, 60 contact hours.
3. Nursing of Children, 35 contact hours.
4. Mental Health Nursing, 35 contact hours.
(c) Areas of learning:
1. Area I: Supporting Content. This area should include personal, family and community health, vocational relationships, basic anatomy and physiology, basic nutrition, and basic nursing skills including pharmacology and the administration of medication.
2. Area II: Core Content. This area includes assisting patients in all age groups to meet their needs for daily living, nursing patients with relatively stable nursing requirements and assisting the professional nurse in more complex nursing situations. Courses of instruction and clinical experience shall be planned in the nursing care of newborn infants, children, adolescents and adults across the age span. Concepts of mental health nursing shall be included in the curriculum including chemical dependency. This area is not necessarily distinct, and some aspects of it may be interwoven with Area I. Principles learned in Area I should be applied in nursing situations in Area II.
(3) Major Curriculum Change. - Schools wishing to make major curriculum change shall request approval of the Board before instituting such changes in the curriculum or before admitting new students to such a curriculum. Similarly, other major changes, such as use of new clinical facilities, must be approved in advance.
(4) Instruction.
(a) Instructional methods shall be various and suited to the course content and level of student learning.
(b) Instruction and guidance of learning experience in the clinical areas shall be the full responsibility of the instructor. She is expected to select learning experience and assign learning activities based on course content and needs of the learner. The nursing personnel of the hospital participates only as advisory or supplemental to the instructor.
(c) Faculty members shall share the responsibility for teaching the theoretical (classroom) content of the program such that no one faculty member shall teach all of the theoretical (classroom) content.
(5) Evaluation. - There shall be provision for continuous development, implementation, and evaluation of the program.

The grading system shall be clearly defined, and there shall be provision for periodical review of student progress.

(6) Reserved for Future Use.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1000-02-.09
Original rule certified May 10, 1974. Amendment filed August 27, 1993; effective September 15, 1993. Amendment filed June 16, 1994; effective August 30, 1994.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-7-109, 63-7-115, 63-7-116, 63-7-118, 63-7-119, and 63-7207.

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