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CLOSINGS AND INACTIVATION
When an institution makes the decision to close a nursing program or branch campus/off-campus instructional site where a nursing program is offered the institution/nursing program must make a good faith effort to assist affected students so they experience minimal disruption in the pursuit of their program of study.
In all cases, students should be notified of the decision as soon as possible so they can make appropriate plans. Students who have not completed their program of study should be advised by faculty or professional counselors regarding suitable options, including transfer to comparable programs.
NOTE: Substantive change reports for closings require either a teach-out agreement or teach-out plan.
An inactivation of a nursing program is a period of time in which no new students are admitted into a nursing program; therefore, there will be no graduates from the nursing program for an intervening period of time.
Note: A program inactivation is considered a suspension of the program with intents to reinstate after a set period of time. For terminating a program, see Closings.
A nursing education unit may inactivate a nursing program for a limited period of time per the schedule below:
|Type of Program||Length of Time Program May be Inactive|
|Practical||Up to one (1) calendar year after the last graduate completes the nursing program.|
|Diploma||Up to two (2) calendar years after the last graduate completes the nursing program.|
|Associate||Up to one (1) calendar year after the last graduate completes the nursing program.|
|Baccalaureate||Up to two (2) calendar years after the last graduate completes the nursing program.|
|Masterʼs||Up to one (1) calendar year after the last graduate completes the nursing program.|
|Doctorate of Nursing Practice||Up to one (1) calendar year after the last graduate completes the nursing program.|
|Post-Masterʼs Certificate||Due to program length, inactivation is not applicable; nursing program must be in continuous operation or closed.|
An inactivation of an off-campus instructional site is a period of time during which an off-campus instructional site does not offer a nursing program option and the nursing courses for the nursing program option for up to five academic years.
If an off-campus instructional site does not reactivate within five years, then the location is considered closed and removed from the list of accredited program locations. To restart the nursing program at the location, the program must submit a substantive change for the implementation of a new off-campus instructional site.