(a) Notwithstanding G.S. 130A-40, a local board of health, after consulting with the appropriate county board of commissioners,
and with the approval of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, may appoint a
local health director who meets the following education and experience requirements
for that position:
(1) Graduation from a four-year college or university with a Bachelor of Science in
Nursing degree that includes a public health nursing rotation; or
(2) A candidate with an RN but not a bachelors degree if the candidate has at least
10 years' experience, at least seven years of which must be in an administrative or
supervisory role, and of this seven years, at least five years must be at the agency
at which the candidate is an applicant for employment as local health director.
(b) The Secretary of Health and Human Services may approve only one request under
subsection (a) of this section, this section being designed as a pilot program concerning
alternative qualifications for a local health director. The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall report any approval under this
section to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services.
(c) All bachelors level candidates appointed under this section shall have a total
of 10 years' public health experience, at least five years of which must be in a supervisory
capacity at the agency at which the candidate is an applicant for employment as a
local health director. Bachelor of Science in Nursing candidates with a public health rotation may use
this BSN degree as credit for one year's public health experience.
(d) In addition to possessing the qualifications required in this section, all Bachelor
of Science, Bachelor of Arts, or Registered Nurse candidates must complete at least
six contact hours of continuing education annually on the subject of local and State
government finance, organization, or budgeting. The training must be in a formal setting offered through the State or local government
or through an accredited educational institution. This training is in addition to any other required training for local health director
or other continuing education required to maintain other professional credentials. If during the course of employment as local health director the employee meets the
requirements of this subsection, the additional training requirements of this section
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