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.
Your licensing agency may require and review a background check to determine your eligibility for licensure. It is your responsibility to understand your state’s criminal history regulations. While WGU may review your background check to determine eligibility for the program and clinical experiences, the state will make the final determination on background clearance information and issuance of a license or endorsement.
A background check with any of the following flags will render a student ineligible for admission to WGU nursing programs:
A background check with any of the following flags will require additional review by the Vice President (VP) of Academics, College of Health Professions or a special committee and may require submission of additional documents or other requirements.
Article Number: 20510, 2842