Each nursing student must submit to a criminal background check conducted by Verified Credentials. This background check must be completed at least 2 weeks before the student begins their first course. The cost of the background check must be paid by the student. A red or yellow background check, which may prohibit ability for clinical placement, may prevent admission into the program . A student may be required to submit a second background check for cause. If a student has an offense in their past that is not flagged by Verified Credentials, it may be flagged upon graduation when the State Board of Nursing pulls a more extensive background check. Depending on the offense, the State Board of Nursing may refuse to grant permission to test for licensure even though the student has completed the Nursing Program. Also if a student were to have an offense during his or her tenure at the School of Nursing that went undetected by the Nursing School, this could also result in the State Board of Nursing refusing to grant permission to test for licensure to the individual, depending on the severity of the offense.
Additional background checks may be required by clinical facilities, and if so, the School of Nursing must comply with these facility requirements.