Background Check

After admission and prior to the start of classes, each student must submit record of the following to comply with clinical agency requirements:

  1. Verification of completion and clearance of the BON DPS/FBI Criminal Background Check. Students will be given specific instructions on how to obtain a criminal background check once admitted to the program.  

  2. Nursing applicants who have been arrested, convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized in the past five years for schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders, bipolar disorders, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder, or addicted to or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug within the past five years, must petition the Texas Board of Nursing for a declaratory order concerning their eligibility to take the licensing examination, the NCLEX-RN. The Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) can be reached at 512-305-7400. The application for a declaratory order can be downloaded from the TBON website at This declaratory order must be completed and cleared before the student starts the nursing program. A clearance from the Texas Board of Nursing is required prior to the enrollment in program courses. If a student does not receive TBON written clearance prior to the start of classes they will have one year to return to the program. After one year the student must reapply.

  3. Students are required to take a drug screen prior to the beginning clinical rotation. Details on drug screen will be provided once student is accepted.


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