TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER g: GRANTS TO DENTAL AND MEDICAL STUDENTS
PART 597 NURSING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS
SECTION 597.10 DEFINITIONS


 

Section 597.10  Definitions

 

"Academic year" means the period of time from September 1 of one year through August 31 of the next year or as otherwise defined by the academic institution.  (Section 3(6) of the Law)

 

"Accepted for admission" means a student has completed the requirements for entry into an associate degree in nursing program, associate degree in applied sciences in nursing program, hospital-based diploma in nursing program, baccalaureate degree in nursing program, graduate degree in nursing program, or certificate in practical nursing program at an approved institution, as documented by the institution.  (Section 3(10) of the Law)

 

"Advanced practice nurse" or "APN" means a person who has met the qualifications for a certified nurse midwife (CNM), certified nurse practitioner (CNP); certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA); or clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and has been licensed by the Department of Financial  and Professional Regulation.  (Section 50-10 of the Nurse Practice Act)

 

"Approved institution" means a public community college, private junior college, hospital-based diploma in nursing program, public or private college or university, or online institution, that is physically located in this State that has approval by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for an associate degree in nursing program, associate degree in applied sciences in nursing program, hospital-based diploma in nursing program, baccalaureate degree in nursing program, graduate degree in nursing program, or certificate in practical nursing program.  (Section 3(3) of the Law)

 

"Associate degree in nursing program" or "hospital-based diploma in nursing program" means a program offered by an approved institution and leading to an associate degree in nursing, associate degree in applied sciences in nursing, or hospital-based diploma in nursing.   (Section 3(7) of the Law)

 

"Baccalaureate degree in nursing program" means a program offered by an approved institution and leading to a bachelor of science degree in nursing.  (Section 3(4) of the Law)

 

"Business day" means any day, including Monday through Friday.  It does not include a federal or State government declared holiday, Saturday or Sunday

 

"Calendar day" means all days in a month or prescribed time frame.  It includes weekends and federal or State government declared holidays.

 

"Center for Nursing Advisory Board" shall have the meaning ascribed in the Nurse Practice Act.

 

"Class rank" is the measure of how a student's performance compares to other students in his or her class.

 

"Continuous attendance" means enrollment in an approved institution's nursing program (as a full-time or part-time student), for an entire academic year and for the total duration of time it takes the student to complete the nursing degree or certificate up to the maximum number of years the recipient is eligible to receive the scholarship.  Continuous attendance need not be maintained for the summer term.  Continuous attendance shall be deemed to have been broken if the student goes more than one semester, quarter or trimester without successfully completing a nursing-related course.

 

"Deferment" means the temporary delay or postponement of a recipient's continuous attendance requirement, nursing employment or nurse educator employment obligation.

 

"Department" means the Illinois Department of Public Health.  (Section 3(2) of the Law)

 

"Direct patient care" means care of a patient provided by an advanced practice nurse, a registered nurse, or a licensed practical nurse.  Direct patient care may involve any aspect of the health care of a patient, including treatment, counseling, in-service for self care, education, and administration of medication.

 

"Director" means the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.  (Section 3(9) of the Law)

 

"Educational loan" means any loan guaranteed by the State Scholarship Commission under the Higher Education Student Assistance Law, any education loan made by an institution of higher education from the proceeds of a loan to the institution by the Illinois Finance Authority under the Higher Education Loan Act, or any other loan from public funds made for the purpose of financing an individual's attendance at an institution of higher education. (Section 1(a) of the Educational Loan Default Act)

 

"Enrollment" means the establishment and maintenance of an individual's status as a nursing student in an approved institution, regardless of the terms used at the institution to describe such status.  (Section 3(5) of the Law)

 

"Fees" means those mandatory charges, in addition to tuition, that all students enrolled in a nursing program must pay, including required course or lab fees.  (Section 3(11) of the Law)

 

"Free Application for Federal Student Aid" or "FAFSA" means an application that is prepared annually by current and prospective nursing students to determine eligibility for financial aid.  Information on FAFSA can be obtained at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

 

"Full-time nursing employment" means providing direct patient care of at least 24 hours per week for those persons working weekend shifts, or 35 hours or more per week for those working weekday shifts.

 

"Full-time nursing student" means a student who is enrolled in a nursing program for at least 12 credit hours per term or as otherwise determined as full-time by the academic institution. (Section 3(12) of the Law)  

 

"Grade point average" or "GPA" means a measure of a student's academic achievement, calculated by dividing the total number of grade points received by the total number of grade points attempted.

 

"Graduate degree in nursing program" means a program offered by an approved institution and leading to a master of science degree in nursing or a doctorate of philosophy in nursing, doctorate of nursing, doctorate of nursing practice, or doctorate of nursing science.  (Section 3(8) of the Law)

 

"Grant Agreement" means the written instrument defining a legal relationship entered into between the Department and a grantee.

 

"Illinois resident" means a person who has been a resident of Illinois for at least one year prior to applying for a scholarship and is a citizen or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States. (Section 5(1) of the Law)

 

"Law" means the Nursing Education Scholarship Law.  (Section 3(13) of the Law)

 

"Lawful permanent resident alien" means a person who is not a citizen of the United States but who resides in the United States under legally recognized requirements and has lawfully recorded permanent residence as an immigrant.

 

"Licensed practical nurse" means a person who is currently licensed as a licensed practical nurse by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation under the Nurse Practice Act .  (Section 3(18) of the Law)

 

"Living expenses" means room and board, miscellaneous fees, books, transportation and commuting costs.  This amount is adjusted annually based upon the uniform living allowance reported in the weighted Monetary Award Program (MAP) from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. (Section 7 of the Law)

 

"Mean-Weighted Average Tuition and Fees" means the tuition and mandatory fees used for the Illinois public universities and community colleges by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission for purposes of Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants, multiplied by the number of full-time equivalent undergraduate students enrolled at each such institution, added together, and divided by the sum of the full-time equivalent enrollments for the previous year at each institution.  This figure is calculated once per year and is used regardless of whether individual institutions adjust their tuition and mandatory fees for that same year.  The Mean-Weighted Average Tuition and Fees is calculated separately for Illinois public universities and community colleges (as cited in the COLLEGE ILLINOIS! Master Agreement and Disclosure Statement).

 

"Medical facility" means a facility where a scholarship recipient fulfills his or her nursing employment obligation and includes, but is not limited to, a physician's office, hospital or local health department.

 

"Monetary Award Program" or "MAP" means a grant awarded by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) that provides payment toward tuition and mandatory fees for Illinois residents to attend an Illinois college.  Eligibility is based on financial need.  The maximum award depends on legislative action and available funding each year.

 

"Null and void" means that a scholarship application submitted to the Department has no legal force and is invalid.

 

"Nurse educator" means a person who is currently licensed as a registered nurse by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation under the Nurse Practice Act, who has a graduate degree in nursing, and who is employed by an approved academic institution to educate registered nursing students, licensed practical nursing students, and registered nurses pursuing graduate degrees. (Section 3(23) of the Law)

 

"Nurse educator employment" means employment by an approved academic institution in Illinois to educate nursing students.

 

"Nurse educator employment obligation" means employment in this State as a nurse educator for at least two years for each year of scholarship assistance received under Section 6.5 of the Law.  (Section 3(24) of the Law)

 

"Nursing employment obligation" means employment in this State as a registered professional nurse, licensed practical nurse, or advanced practice nurse in direct patient care  for at least one year for each year of scholarship assistance received through the Nursing Education Scholarship Program.  (Section 3(14) of the Law)  

 

"Official transcript" means transcripts that have been received directly from the institution or have been issued to the applicant or recipient in a sealed envelope, which shall remain sealed until its arrival at the Department.  The transcript shall include the institution's official seal, the date transcript was issued and the registrar's signature.

 

"Part-time nursing employment" means providing direct patient care for between 17.5 hours and 34 hours per week.

 

"Part-time student" means a person who is enrolled for at least one-third of the number of hours required per term by a school for its full-time students.  (Section 3(15) of the Law)

 

"Practical Nursing Program" means a program offered by an approved institution and leading to a certificate in practical nursing.  (Section 3(16) of the Law)

 

"Prerequisite course" means a course requirement (determined by the approved institution) that a student must meet to demonstrate readiness for enrollment in nursing education.

 

"Quarter" means a term within an academic year that marks the beginning and end of classes.  Quarters are eight to ten weeks in duration and there are four quarters in an academic year.

 

"Registered professional nurse" means a person who is currently licensed as a registered professional nurse by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation under the Nurse Practice Act . (Section 3(17) of the Law)

 

"Renewal" or "Scholarship renewal" means a continuation of a past scholarship in reference to the same degree or certificate sought.  Renewal does not apply to a prior scholarship recipient who wishes to pursue a higher nursing degree after receiving assistance on a previous nursing degree or certificate.

 

"School term" means an academic term, such as a semester, quarter, or trimester, or number of clock hours, as defined by an approved institution.  (Section 3(19) of the Law)

 

"Semester" means a term within an academic year that marks the beginning and end of classes.  Semesters are 15 to 16 weeks in duration and there are two semesters in an academic year.

 

"State agency" means any officer, board, commission or agency created by the Constitution, whether in the executive, legislative or judicial branch, but other than the circuit court; any officer, department, board, commission, agency, institution, authority, university, body politic or corporate of the State; any administrative unit or corporate outgrowth of the State government that is created by or pursuant to statute, other than units of local government and their officers, school districts and boards of election commissioners; or any administrative unit or corporate outgrowth of the above or as may be created by executive order of the Governor. (Section 1(b) of the Educational Loan Default Act)

 

"Student Aid Report" or "SAR" is a summary of the student's FAFSA responses.

 

"Student in good standing" means a student enrolled in a nursing program is maintaining a cumulative grade point average equivalent to at least an academic grade of "C". (Section 3(20) of the Law)

 

"Submission of application" means that a complete nursing education scholarship application has been received by the Department by the established deadline set forth in Section 597.110(b).  Submission does not mean that the application is postmarked by the established submission deadline but arrives at the Department on a later date.

 

"Summer term" means a term within an academic year that marks the beginning and end of classes.  The term is approximately four to nine weeks in duration and is typically offered during June, July and August of an academic year.

 

"Toll" or "Tolling" means to postpone or suspend the running of a specific time period.

 

"Total and permanent disability" means a physical or mental impairment, disease, or loss of a permanent nature that prevents nursing employment with or without reasonable accommodation.  Proof of disability shall be a declaration from the social security administration, Illinois Workers' Compensation  Commission, Department of Defense, or an insurer authorized to transact business in Illinois who is providing disability insurance coverage to a contractor. (Section 3(21) of the Law)  

 

"Trimester" means a term within an academic year that marks the beginning and end of classes.  Trimesters are 12 to 15 weeks in duration and there are three trimesters in an academic year.

 

"Tuition" means the established charges of an institution of higher learning for instruction at that institution. (Section 3(22) of the Law)

 

"United States citizen" means an individual born in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa or Swain's Island; foreign-born children, under age 18, residing in the U.S. with their birth or adoptive parents, at least one of whom is a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization; and individuals granted citizenship status by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Immigration Service.

 

"Waiver" means to permanently relieve a recipient's continuous attendance requirement, nursing employment or nurse educator employment obligation.

 

(Source:  Amended at 40 Ill. Reg. 7113, effective April 21, 2016)