New nursing courses guidelines set

The Commission on Higher Education has released updated guidelines for opening of new Nursing courses in higher educational institutions following the lifting of the moratorium which banned schools from opening new nursing courses for more than a decade.

In a document issued last month but was only released on Wednesday, CHEd instructed public and private HEIs to submit complete documents and wait for government approval before opening new nursing courses.

It added that HEIs with approval to open new nursing courses were instructed to only accept incoming first year students and program offerings should cover a full four-year period while the HEIs with rejected applications are allowed to file only one motion for reconsideration within 15 days from the decision by technical evaluators.

A separate provision also allows Level II Accredited Base Hospitals to accommodate students, given that their facilities are able to cater students, including at least 100 beds with an 80 percent minimum bed occupancy rate.

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