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Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening

All students will be required to submit to a criminal background check through an agency selected by the nursing program. Additionally, students applying to the Generic B.S.N. must submit for a drug screening.  The criminal background check (and drug screening, if required) needs to be done before a student’s application can be considered complete and eligible for review and is good for one year.

Students are responsible for completing the background check (and drug screening, if required) and for paying all fees involved with the process. If the results of the background check (or drug screening) are deemed unacceptable to any of the clinical agencies with which the university has contracts, you would not be able to complete the clinical requirements of the program necessary for progression and graduation, and therefore, would not qualify for acceptance into the nursing program.

The following histories will disqualify an individual from consideration for clinical rotations:

  • Felony convictions
  • Misdemeanor convictions or felony deferred adjudications involving crimes against persons (personal or sexual)
  • Felony deferred adjudications for the sale, possession, distribution or transfer of narcotics or controlled substances
  • Registered sex offender status

Students must also submit to any additional screenings that may be requested by the clinical agency in which they are participating in clinical experiences. For more information, read the student instructions below about how to complete the background check (and drug screening).  Please make sure you use the correct code for the program you are applying for, as some programs require a drug screening and some do not.

Student Instruction Sheet