- To establish a distance learning program in Kentucky, the institution must be accredited and fully approved for a minimum of three years, with first-time test takers meeting Kentucky's NCLEX pass rate standards for at least three years. Additionally, the program must allow a student to obtain at least 50% of the necessary credits toward a degree or diploma.
- A letter of intent must be sent, along with application fee, by the program's administrator, who must meet Kentucky's program administrator qualifications. The letter should include:
- The name of the institution and the consent of the institution's approving board
- Institutional information such as ownership, method of financing, accreditation, enrollment, area served, faculty qualifications, and resources
- Documentation of the demand for the program in the proposed area, and the support of cooperating health care agencies for clinical purposes
- Investigation of projected impact on all existing programs within a 50 mile radius, including evidence that each of these programs was informed in writing
- A timeline for admission and graduation of students
Source: Kentucky Administrative Regulations, Title 201, Chapter 20, Section 290
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