Arizona Board of Nursing enacts surety bond requirement for nursing assistant education programs

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In July 2013, the Arizona Board of Nursing enacted a surety bond requirement for individuals, partnerships and corporations that offer refresher courses for nurses. On August 29, 2014, the Board of Nursing adopted regulations for nursing assistant education programs.

As part of Arizona Administrative Code R 4-19-802, private individuals, partnerships or corporations offering a nursing assistant program must post a surety bond from a surety company with a financial strength rating of “A-” or better as determined by Best’s Credit Ratings, Moody’s Investor Service, Standard and Poor’s rating service or another comparable rating service as determined by the board. The bond must be in an amount of at least $15,000. The bond is for the benefit of students or former students with a valid claim for instructional or program deficiencies. The bond must be maintained for 24 months following the closing of a program.

These changes went into effect on September 8, 2014.  NPA Article VIII, R4-19-802 (A) (3)  states the following:

“Programs approved by the Board before the effective date of this Section shall comply with subsection (A) (2) within one year of the effective date. If a program does not charge tuition or fees, the bond requirement will be waived.

This means that private individuals, partnerships or corporations offering a nursing assistant program that has already been approved have until September 8, 2015, to comply with the new surety bond and licensing requirements. The surety bond form can be found on the Board’s website in the CNA Education section.

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