Academic Catalog

Phase 2: Clinical Clearance

All applicants deemed academically eligible by the Chamberlain University BSN Admission Committee must initiate drug, background and fingerprint screenings and clear all screenings within 120 days of the session start date. Applicants who enroll in the original session applied for may be granted full acceptance by signing a self-attestation and disclosure indicating their ability to clear all screenings within 120 days of the session start date. If fully accepted with the self-attestation and disclosure, students must receive approved screening clearance from Chamberlain University by the end of their first semester or prior to attending a clinical learning experience, whichever occurs first. If the drug, background and fingerprint screenings are not satisfactorily cleared by the deadline, students will receive a hold on their account preventing progression into their second semester, or into any session that requires a clinical learning experience with an external partner. If an applicant or student receives screening results that cannot be cleared by Chamberlain prior to the deadlines noted above, the applicant or student will be dropped from all future enrollment until the screening results can be cleared.  If an applicant deemed academically eligible by the Chamberlain University BSN Admission Committee requests a new preferred location and/or delays enrollment into a future session, the applicant may be required to clear all screenings prior to enrollment in that location or future session.   

Criminal Records

Chamberlain is dedicated to both enrollment and student processes that focus on empowering students for successful outcomes and preparing graduates for careers in the nursing profession. Part of this objective is our rigorous admission requirements that ensure students meet requirements for eligibility aligned with State Boards of Nursing; are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®); and meet requirements established by our clinical affiliates and employers. The safety of our students, staff, clinical affiliates and the patients they serve is our top priority. Chamberlain is committed to providing an educational environment for nursing that is focused on quality, professionalism and competent and compassionate patient care.

Some state professional standards prohibit issuing a registered nursing license to individuals with a criminal background. In addition, healthcare facilities routinely refuse to allow such persons into clinical training programs. Some healthcare facilities may also require FBI-level fingerprinting as a condition of clinical placement. Chamberlain reserves the right to deny admission to any student who has a criminal record. Chamberlain recommends that prospective students contact any county in which a criminal offense may have occurred to ensure their background is clear. Background or fingerprint checks that produce any criminal offenses, including charges or convictions, may make individuals ineligible for admission. Applicants will automatically be ineligible for admission if they have an offense that falls under certain categories, that are listed below. All other offenses will be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine the applicant’s eligibility.

Exclusion Categories: Applicants may be ineligible for admission if they have offense conviction that falls under certain categories. Those categories include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol or Drug related
  • Assault/Battery
  • Fraud
  • Theft
  • Disorderly Conduct