Criminal Background Check Procedure for Admission to WGU Nursing Programs

All nursing students are required to obtain a criminal background check prior to admission to the clinical program. Details are available on the WGU website.

Applicants are advised to contact their state board of nursing if there are questions or concerns regarding findings on a background check and the potential impact on eligibility for NCLEX testing and licensure.

A background check with any of the following flags will render a student ineligible for admission to WGU nursing programs:

 

  • Rape
  • Criminal deviant conduct
  • Exploitation of an endangered adult or child.
  • Failure to report battery, neglect, or exploitation of an endangered adult or child.
  • Theft, if the person’s conviction for theft occurred less than seven (7) years prior to the application for enrollment at WGU.
  • Conviction of any crime which requires registration with any state or national Offender Registry.
  • Murder
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Felonious assault 
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual battery
  • Aggravated arson
  • Aggravated robbery
  • Aggravated burglary
  • Any felony drug law conviction without state board of nursing directed remediation program completed
  • Embezzlement.
  • Multiple DUI convictions (more than one) without state board of nursing directed remediation program completed.
  • Any OIG or Medicare exclusion from participation based on health care fraud.
  • Any criminal activity which excludes students from participating in degree-required clinical activities.


A background check with any of the following flags will require additional review by the chief nursing officer (CNO) or a special committee and may require submission of additional documents or other requirements. 

 

  1. Any misdemeanor drug law conviction.
  2. Any felony drug law conviction with state board of nursing directed remediation program completed.
  3. DUI within the prior two years with state board of nursing directed remediation program completed.
  4. Multiple DUIs with state board of nursing directed remediation program completed.
  5. Felony convictions other than those listed above.
  6. Any criminal conviction that involves crime against persons or property, which may be cause for exclusion from clinical participation, based on clinical agency requirements.
  7. Repeated criminal flags within the prior five years (greater than three flags).
  8. Any criminal flag for which community service supervision was required.

 

 

 



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