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Background Clearance/Conviction Information

Notice Concerning Eligibility for the Nursing Program
Background checks are commonly completed on health care personnel, including students and volunteers. Current and prospective nursing students must at all times meet applicable hospital security standards for placement in mandatory clinical rotations at selected hospitals. Every student offered space in the program will be required to submit to a background screening prior to final acceptance to nursing program and repeat this process again in their second year. A history of felony conviction(s) or any bar, exclusion or other ineligibility for federal program participation could render a student ineligible for clinical placemat, as determined by the clinical agencies.

If a student cannot obtain background clearance from the clinical agencies, it will not be possible to place the student in the clinical areas, which is a required component of the program. In the event that a student cannot obtain a background clearance, the space will be forfeited.

Students who are found to be ineligible for clinical placement by the clinical agency after admission to the nursing program shall be subject to dismissal from the program, as they will be unable to complete mandatory clinical rotations.

Applicants are sent a copy of the screening report.  Applicants have the right to dispute the accuracy of the report.

Drug Screening

Clinical agencies require mandatory drug screening. Students with a postiive drug screening test may be denied placement at clinical facilities which woudl require withdawl of the offer of space. The cost is approx. $100, to be paid by the student. The list of drugs tested and the procedure are posted on the website. The drug screening test is completed using nursing program forms, and undertaken after the offer of space. Prior testing results or results from other organizations will not be accepted.

Notice Concerning Board of Registered Nursing Licensure
Prior to obtaining a license to practice as a Registered Nurse, all graduates must report felony and misdemeanor convictions along with submission of fingerprints. The Board of Registered Nursing may deny licensure based on prior convictions. For a list of convictions substantially related to the practice of nursing, please contact the Nursing Department or the Board of Registered Nursing Web page.

If students have any questions about the background screening, nursing program eligibility, or the Board of Registered Nursing requirements, they should contact the Dean of Health Sciences at 415.485.9326.


Registered Nursing web page
Technical Contact: Angela Olmanson, Administrative Assistant to Dean of Health Sciences, 415.485.9319
Content Responsible:
Marshall Alameida, Dean of Health Sciences