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§ 1426. Required Curriculum.

16 CA ADC § 1426Barclays Official California Code of RegulationsEffective: July 1, 2024

Barclays California Code of Regulations
Title 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations
Division 14. Board of Registered Nursing
Article 3. Prelicensure Nursing Programs
Effective: July 1, 2024
16 CCR § 1426
§ 1426. Required Curriculum.
(a) The curriculum of a nursing program shall be that set forth in this section, and shall be approved by the board. Any revised curriculum shall be approved by the board prior to its implementation.
(b) The curriculum shall reflect a unifying theme, which includes the nursing process as defined by the faculty, and shall be designed so that a student who completes the program will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to function in accordance with the registered nurse scope of practice as defined in code section 2725, and to meet minimum competency standards of a registered nurse.
(c) The curriculum shall consist of not less than fifty-eight (58) semester units, or eighty-seven (87) quarter units, which shall include at least the following number of units in the specified course areas:
(1) Art and science of nursing, thirty-six (36) semester units or fifty-four (54) quarter units, of which eighteen (18) semester or twenty-seven (27) quarter units will be in theory and eighteen (18) semester or twenty-seven (27) quarter units will be in clinical practice.
(2) Communication skills, six (6) semester or nine (9) quarter units. Communication skills shall include principles of oral, written, and group communication.
(3) Related natural sciences (anatomy, physiology, and microbiology courses with labs), behavioral and social sciences, sixteen (16) semester or twenty-four (24) quarter units.
(d) Theory and clinical practice shall be concurrent in the following nursing areas: geriatrics, medical-surgical, mental health/psychiatric nursing, obstetrics, and pediatrics. Instructional outcomes will focus on delivering safe, therapeutic, effective, patient-centered care; practicing evidence-based practice; working as part of interdisciplinary teams; focusing on quality improvement; and using information technology. Instructional content shall include, but is not limited to, the following: critical thinking, personal hygiene, patient protection and safety, pain management, human sexuality, client abuse, cultural diversity, nutrition (including therapeutic aspects), pharmacology, patient advocacy, legal, social and ethical aspects of nursing, and nursing leadership and management.
(1) Theory and clinical practice requirements of the curriculum will be adjusted in recognition of military education and experiences of the student, when applicable, through an individualized process for evaluating and granting equivalency credit for military education and experience that results in meeting the same course objectives and competency standards.
(e) The following shall be integrated throughout the entire nursing curriculum:
(1) The nursing process;
(2) Basic intervention skills in preventive, remedial, supportive, and rehabilitative nursing;
(3) Physical, behavioral, and social aspects of human development from birth through all age levels;
(4) Knowledge and skills required to develop collegial relationships with health care providers from other disciplines;
(5) Communication skills including principles of oral, written, and group communications;
(6) Natural science, including human anatomy, physiology, and microbiology; and
(7) Related behavioral and social sciences with emphasis on societal and cultural patterns, human development, and behavior relevant to health-illness.
(f) The program shall have tools to evaluate a student's academic progress, performance, and clinical learning experiences that are directly related to course objectives.
(g) The course of instruction shall be presented in semester or quarter units or the equivalent under the following formula:
(1) One (1) hour of instruction in theory each week throughout a semester or quarter equals one (1) unit.
(2) Three (3) hours of clinical practice each week throughout a semester or quarter equals one (1) unit.


Note: Authority cited: Sections 2715, 2786.1 and 2786.6, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 2785, 2785.5, 2786, 2786.1, 2786.2, 2786.3, 2786.5, 2786.6 and 2788, Business and Professions Code.
1. Amendment of subsection (d) filed 4-27-87; operative 5-27-87 (Register 87, No. 18).
2. Amendment of section heading and section filed 9-21-2010; operative 10-21-2010 (Register 2010, No. 39).
3. New subsection (d)(1) and amendment of Note filed 10-8-2018; operative 10-8-2018 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(b)(3) (Register 2018, No. 41).
4. Editorial correction removing erroneously inserted subsections (Register 2019, No. 5).
5. Change without regulatory effect amending Note filed 12-19-2022 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 2022, No. 51).
6. Amendment of subsection (g)(2) filed 5-1-2024; operative 7-1-2024 (Register 2024, No. 18).
This database is current through 7/5/24 Register 2024, No. 27.
Cal. Admin. Code tit. 16, § 1426, 16 CA ADC § 1426
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