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Background Checks

The following applies to all Nursing Programs:

Required Background Check & Drug Screen

Admission to the Nursing Program is contingent upon receiving a 'negative' result on a required Criminal Background Check and drug screen. The background check will include county, statewide, and federal screening. Students who have reason to believe that a background check would reveal a prior misdemeanor or felony, must get these matters expunged from their record prior to being admitted into the Nursing program, or you should seek another career path.

We will provide students with full instructions on how and where to complete this background check and drug screen once you are conditionally admitted to the program.

If you have questions, please send an email to nursingapplication@csusm.edu.


Background Check and Drug Screen Policy

Pre-Licensure Programs

  1. All students are required to complete a background check upon conditional admission to the School of Nursing.1,2  Students who have a flagged background check will not be admitted to the nursing program.  Students will be able to join a later cohort pending Space Available when their background check is unflagged.
  1. All students are required to complete a Nursing Consortium background check and drug screen prior to their first nursing clinical course.  An additional background check and drug screen may be required by the School of Nursing at a later time during the program.  Students are required to have a negative urine drug screening and background check which includes a state, county, and federal screening. This background check is accessed by the clinical agencies for approval for clinical placement.  If a student receives a dilute reading on his/her drug screen results, then the student is required to go back and re-test within a twenty-four hour time period.  Failure to comply with this requirement will result in dismissal from the program.
  1. In accordance with the California Board of Registered Nursing regulations, a person with a history of certain offenses may not qualify to be licensed as a registered nurse.  Conditionally admitted nursing students are strongly urged to consider this requirement prior to investing substantial time in a nursing program if it appears that past criminal acts or convictions may jeopardize a student’s eligibility for licensure in the practice of nursing.  Applicants for Licensure by Examination in the state of California must take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).  The California Board of Registered Nursing requires a Live Scan fingerprint application as part of the application process. The Live Scan includes a State (DOJ) and Federal (FBI) level criminal history record check. Please access http://www.rn.ca.gov/pdfs/enforcement/appdocs.pdf for additional information.
  1. Some clinical sites will require students to complete a Live Scan clearance.  If the student does not clear the Live Scan clearance then s/he may not be permitted to attend the clinical rotation.  The student risks dismissal from the program should this occur.

1 The Office of Extended Learning will mail each student in the Accelerated BSN cohort a letter of conditional admission.  Soon after, students will receive a letter with instructions on how to place an order for one’s background check.  Students will have approximately one week to order their background check online.  If this deadline is not met, the student will not be guaranteed a seat in the cohort.

2 “Upon conditional admission to the School of Nursing” is defined as the date that a student in the Traditional BSN program states that s/he accepts a seat in the cohort.  An email confirmation from the student to the advisor ensures that the student’s seat is secured in the Traditional BSN program.

Approved:   November 4, 2013 Faculty Meeting

I acknowledge that I have read this policy and understand that once admitted to the program, I may be dismissed based on findings from the background check, drug screen and/or the Live Scan process.  I understand that any incident/arrest/conviction that does not appear on the School of Nursing background check requirements may delay or deny eligibility to sit for the NCLEX examination as determined by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

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