(1) The board shall evaluate approved programs for continued approval by monitoring and analyzing program performance through:

(a) periodic survey visits and reports;

(b) accreditation visits and reports;

(c) annual reports; and

(d) other sources of information regarding achievement of program outcomes, including:

(i) student retention and attrition;

(ii) faculty turnover;

(iii) complaints about the program from students, graduates, or faculty regarding program issues; and

(iv) data regarding NCLEX performance.

(2) Programs shall maintain annual NCLEX pass rates for first-time test takers that are no less than ten percentage points below the national average. If a program's pass rate is ten percentage points or more below the national average pass rate, the program must submit a report analyzing the variance and a plan to meet the pass rate requirement.

History: 37-8-202, 37-8-301, MCA; IMP, 37-8-202, 37-8-301, 37-8-302, MCA; Eff. 12/31/72; TRANS, from Dept. of Prof. & Occup. Lic., Ch. 274, L. 1981, Eff. 7/1/81; TRANS, from ARM 8.32.414, & AMD, 1982 MAR p. 1603, Eff. 8/27/82; AMD, 1991 MAR p. 2435, Eff. 12/13/91; AMD, 1996 MAR p. 418, Eff. 2/9/96; AMD, 1997 MAR p. 1176, Eff. 4/8/97; AMD, 2003 MAR p. 1192, Eff. 5/23/03; TRANS, from Commerce, & AMD, 2006 MAR p. 2035, Eff. 8/25/06; AMD, 2010 MAR p. 2651, Eff. 11/13/10; AMD, 2015 MAR p. 644, Eff. 5/29/15.