Bill Text: VA SB1147 | 2021 | 1st Special Session | Chaptered

Bill Title: Nurse Loan Repayment Program; expands eligibility for Program to include certified nurse aides.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2021-03-18 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0238) [SB1147 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2021-SB1147-Chaptered.html

An Act to amend and reenact §32.1-122.6:04 of the Code of Virginia, relating to Nurse Loan Repayment Program; certified nurse aide.
[S 1147]
Approved March 18, 2021


Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §32.1-122.6:04 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§32.1-122.6:04. Nurse Loan Repayment Program.

A. With such funds as are appropriated for this purpose, the Board shall establish a tuition loan repayment program for persons licensed as practical nurses or, licensed registered nurses, or certified nurse aides who meet criteria determined by the Board. The Commissioner shall act as the fiscal agent for the Board in administration of these funds. Prior to awarding any funds, the Board shall require the recipient to agree to perform a period of nursing service in this Commonwealth.

B. The Board shall promulgate regulations for the implementation and administration of the Nurse Loan Repayment Program. Applications for participation in the program shall be accepted from graduates of nursing education programs that prepare them for examination for licensure as a practical nurse or registered nurse, nurse or certification as a certified nurse aide, but preference shall be given to graduates of nursing education programs located in the Commonwealth.

C. Any loan repayment amounts repaid by recipients who fail to honor the obligation to perform a period of nursing service in the Commonwealth required by this section, and any interest thereon, shall be used only for the purposes of this section and shall not revert to the general fund.