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WAC 246-840-532

Faculty to student ratios for clinical and practice experience in nursing education programs.

(1) Practical and prelicensure registered nursing education programs shall have a maximum faculty to student ratio of one faculty member to ten students in clinical settings involving direct patient care, and one faculty member to fifteen students at one time in practice settings that are observational, involve student precepted experiences, or are skills practice labs.
(2) Registered nurse to bachelor nursing education programs shall have a maximum faculty to student ratio of one faculty member to fifteen students at one time in clinical and practice settings.
(3) Advanced registered nurse practitioner nursing education programs shall have a maximum faculty to student ratio of one faculty member to six students in clinical and practice settings.
(4) Graduate nursing education programs (not leading to licensure as an advanced registered nurse practitioner) shall have a maximum faculty to student ratio of one faculty member to fifteen students in clinical and practice settings.
(5) A lower ratio of faculty to students may be required for students in initial or highly complex learning situations, or when student or patient safety warrant.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.79.010, 18.79.110, 18.79.150, 18.79.190, and 18.79.240. WSR 16-17-082, ยง 246-840-532, filed 8/17/16, effective 9/17/16.]
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