U.S. Department of Education regulation 34 CFR 600.9 c, 668.41, 668.43, 668.50
New language impacting programs leading to professional licensure has been added to 34 CFR §668.43 to ensure that notifications are being made to students regardless of modality. These rules include requirements for both general and direct disclosures for enrolled and prospective students as to whether or not a program’s curriculum meets State educational requirements for licensure or certification. An institution will also be required to provide disclosures when a determination cannot be made. The U.S. Department of Education’s regulation 34 CFR 600.9(c), State Authorization, requires that a higher education institution offering distance education in a state where it is not physically located meet individual state requirements for offering distance or correspondence education within that state and requires that institutions provide certain disclosures relating to state distance authorization status, consumer complaint information, refund policies, and program licensure requirements, among others.
The RN program traditional face-to-face track is licensed in Texas. The online BSN track is a non-licensure program. It is a Bachelor Degree completion program. The program is accredited by SACS-COC and CCNE. Consequences of Moving States: Students are advised that Schreiner University Nursing Program maintains a state licensure status in Texas and relocation to another state may impact a student’s continued ability to remain enrolled in a program. In addition, for students enrolled in licensure-leading programs, relocation to another state may impact the student’s ability to obtain professional licensure, certification or other credential in another state. Students are advised to carefully review, evaluate and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate. Schreiner University Nursing Program cannot guarantee that students who relocate will be able to remain in their program or meet the requirements of state licensure boards.
State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement
Schreiner University is a current member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. This is an agreement among member states that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. SARA only applies to distance education not on ground or group activities (NCS 3(4) and only focuses on U.S. distance education that crosses state lines. The members of SARA are states not institutions or students. SARA does not replace state authorization and only accredited federally recognized institutions can operate under SARA. SARA pertains to approval of distance education courses and programs offered across state lines by institutions that already have degree authorization in at least one state. States have the option of becoming a member of SARA through their regional compact. There are four regional compacts, including: Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Institutions within in a SARA state with state authorization in own state can also offer distance education courses and/or programs to any other SARA state member.
Students are provided an online training and have been provided information about the Texas BON, AACN, and SACS-COC accrediting entity and how to file a complaint against the nursing program. Texas BON complaint can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to (512) 305-6870, or mailed to: Texas Board of Nursing, Enforcement, Suite 3-460, 333 Guadalupe St, Austin, Texas 78701. Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) complaints can be sent to Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: 202-887-6791, Fax: 202-887-8476. SACSCOC for complaints regarding a violation of accreditation policies, students may use the Complaint Procedures against SACS-COC or its Accredited Institutions Policy Statement to find information about how to make a complaint to the University’s accrediting body, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). The Policy Statement is available from the SACSCOC Website at http://www.sacscoc.org/. The student must send two copies of the Complaint against Institutions Information Sheet and Form, contained in the Policy Statement, to the President of the accrediting body at the following address: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, GA 30033-4097.
The RN program at Schreiner University has met all requirements for licensure, CCNE, and SACS-COC. Currently, there are no adverse actions at this time. Should the RN program receive an adverse action, students will be notified via email and/or snail mail within 5 business days.
Students have been provided with the contact number and email for tuition refunds. The student should contact the Office of Financial Services at FinancialServices@schreiner.edu or 830-792-7229. In addition, information regarding student refunds can be found here – https://schreiner.edu/admissions/financial-services/policies-forms/
The RN program at Schreiner University has met all requirements for Texas Licensure. All students who graduate from the Traditional BSN Program Track will meet requirements to take the NCLEX. The Board of Nursing does not have purview over the OBSN track.