Florida Senate - 2015                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for CS for CS for SB 532
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       Senator Soto moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 194 and 195
    4  insert:
    5         Section 5. Paragraph (a) of subsection (5) of section
    6  464.019, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         464.019 Approval of nursing education programs.—
    8         (5) ACCOUNTABILITY.—
    9         (a)1. An approved program must achieve a graduate passage
   10  rate for first-time test takers who take the licensure
   11  examination within 6 months after graduation from the program
   12  that is not more than 10 percentage points lower than the
   13  average passage rate during the same calendar year for graduates
   14  of comparable degree programs who are United States educated,
   15  first-time test takers on the National Council of State Boards
   16  of Nursing Licensing Examination, as calculated by the contract
   17  testing service of the National Council of State Boards of
   18  Nursing. An approved program shall require a graduate from the
   19  program who does not take the licensure examination within 6
   20  months after graduation to enroll in and successfully complete a
   21  licensure examination preparatory course pursuant to s. 464.008.
   22  For purposes of this paragraph subparagraph, an approved program
   23  is comparable to all degree programs of the same program type
   24  from among the following program types:
   25         a. Professional nursing education programs that terminate
   26  in a bachelor’s degree.
   27         b. Professional nursing education programs that terminate
   28  in an associate degree.
   29         c. Professional nursing education programs that terminate
   30  in a diploma.
   31         d. Practical nursing education programs.
   32         2. Beginning with graduate passage rates for calendar year
   33  2010, if an approved program’s graduate passage rates do not
   34  equal or exceed the required passage rates for 2 consecutive
   35  calendar years, the board shall place the program on
   36  probationary status pursuant to chapter 120 and the program
   37  director shall appear before the board to present a plan for
   38  remediation, which shall include specific benchmarks to identify
   39  progress toward a graduate passage rate goal. The program must
   40  remain on probationary status until it achieves a graduate
   41  passage rate that equals or exceeds the required passage rate
   42  for any 1 calendar year. The board shall deny a program
   43  application for a new prelicensure nursing education program of
   44  the same degree type submitted by an educational institution if
   45  the institution has an existing program that is already on
   46  probationary status.
   47         3. Upon the program’s achievement of a graduate passage
   48  rate that equals or exceeds the required passage rate, the
   49  board, at its next regularly scheduled meeting following release
   50  of the program’s graduate passage rate by the National Council
   51  of State Boards of Nursing, shall remove the program’s
   52  probationary status. If the program, during the 2 calendar years
   53  following its placement on probationary status, does not achieve
   54  the required passage rate for any 1 calendar year, the board
   55  shall terminate the program pursuant to chapter 120. However,
   56  the board may extend the program’s probationary status for 1
   57  additional year if the program demonstrates adequate progress
   58  toward the graduate passage rate goal by meeting a majority of
   59  the benchmarks established in the remediation plan.
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   62  And the title is amended as follows:
   63         Delete line 21
   64  and insert:
   65         administration to a specified patient; amending s.
   66         464.019, F.S.; revising accountability provisions
   67         applicable to approved programs for nursing education;
   68         narrowing the circumstances under which the Board of
   69         Nursing must deny a program application for a new
   70         nursing education program from an institution that has
   71         an existing program on probationary status; amending
   72         s.