Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Nursing
Regulations for Nurse Aide Education Programs [18 VAC 90 ‑ 26]
Implementing Result of Periodic Review
Action 5157
General Information
Action Summary As a result of periodic review of Chapter 26, the Board will consider adoption of amendments to clarify and update regulations for approval of nurse aide education programs. Substantive changes being considered include: 1) A change the timeframe for a program application to the Board from 90 days to 180 days to allow adequate time for review of criteria and a site visit before the expected opening date; 2) A requirement that all clinical sites must be within 30 miles of the educational program or have Board approval (current policy of the Board); 3) A requirement for the certificate of completion to include specific information on the name of the program, the approval number from the Board, and the signature of the primary instructor or program coordinator; 4) A requirement for the primary instructor that states that while on-site to instruct students, that person cannot assume other duties within the school (such as serving as the school nurse and teaching the CNA course simultaneously); 5) A refresher course every three years for instructors to remain qualified to teach the nurse aide curriculum; 6) A change in the length of program to add 20 hours, from 120 to 140, with 20 hours specifically designated for skills acquisition; and 7) Two new sections 80 and 90 to move the provision of 18VAC90-25-130 and 18VAC90-25-140 (advanced nurse aide education programs) to Chapter 26 so all regulations for nurse aide education are included in one chapter.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005969]
Result of Prior Periodic Review Filed 3/27/2018
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8427 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 06/12/2019.
8837 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 11/13/2020.
9157 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 05/12/2021.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jay P. Douglas, R.N.  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4520    FAX: (804)527-4455    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.