Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Nursing
Regulations Governing Nursing Education Programs [18 VAC 90 ‑ 27]
Use of simulation
Action 5402
General Information
Action Summary The Board intends to adopt definitions and qualifications for the use of simulation in lieu of direct client care hours in fulfillment of the clinical hour requirements for nursing education programs. Amended regulations will define terms, require faculty supervising clinical practice by simulation to have knowledge and skills in the methodology, and clarify that the 50% limitation on the number of clinical hours that can fulfilled by simulation applies to the hours in different specialties and population groups across the life span.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005531]
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
8783 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 03/04/2020.
9024 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 04/30/2021.
9270 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/02/2022.
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.