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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background Check and Drug Screen Policy
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Student’s Printed Name