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Background Checks

All nursing students who are offered admission are required to have a criminal background check. Students will receive the appropriate information to complete this requirement once admitted. Clinical rotations that require a criminal background check may deny a student’s participation in the clinical experience because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction. As participation in clinical experiences are a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of participation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the nursing program.

If a student questions their qualification for licensure in the State of Illinois, the student should go to and complete and submit the Non-Binding Advisory Opinion form (currently no fee required). This is a pre-application process to verify licensure qualifications. If you plan to seek licensure in another state please refer to that state’s department of regulations to verify qualification for licensure. Students should be aware that health care agencies complete a background check on employees and students taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) must complete a background check to be licensed as a registered nurse.