Effective as of July 6, 2013, individuals, partnerships and corporations that offer refresher courses for nurses must purchase surety bonds. Refresher courses apply to nurses whose licenses have been inactive or expired for at least five years.As recommended by the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council, the Arizona State Board of Nursing amended the regulations for registered and practical nursing programs. The now-required surety bond must cover at minimum $15,000 and be issued by a surety company with a rating of “A” or better (via Best’s Credit Ratings, Moody’s Investor Service or Standard and Poor).
In case of necessary reimbursements, the bond must amount to the total collected tuition and fees for all students during all enrollment periods of the program.
A search of the rule, R4-19-216, through the Arizona Secretary of State provides the following excerpt:
“R4-19-216. Approval of a Refresher Program
The Board amended this Section to: incorporate curriculum recommendations from stakeholders including the addi– tion of Quality and Safety in Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies; establish qualifications of the administra- tor and faculty; require private entities to purchase insurance or a bond and a fire inspection report; provide an opportunity for an applicant who completed a refresher program in another jurisdiction to have the program accepted by the Board for licensure purposes; report program changes to the Board; and to provide for hearing rights. Other amendments are made to this Section to improve clarity, conciseness or understandability.”