Criminal Background Checks

Finger printAs of the fall of 2008, all Northern Michigan University students admitted into the Practical Nursing or Bachelor of Science Nursing programs will be required to have a criminal background check.

Student placement in a clinical site/agency assumes that the applicant possesses good moral character and the ability to successfully pass the rigors of a background investigation and criminal background check. In specific clinical sites the State of Michigan requires a criminal background check and the Board of Nursing requires a criminal background check prior to taking the licensure exam. All students once accepted to the nursing program must complete a criminal background check prior to enrolling in the first clinical nursing course. Students who do not complete a criminal background check are ineligible for placement in most clinical agencies and therefore, may result in the student being unable to progress in the nursing program. Please refer to BSN Undergraduate Student Handbook.

 License Information for RNs and LPNs  

Nursing Programs Applicants and students holding either an LPN or RN license must report any action involving their license to the Associate Dean/ Director of the School of Nursing. This includes licenses that are revoked, suspended, or sanctioned in any manner. The applicant or student is required to report all changes in the status of the license to the Associate Dean/Director of the School of Nursing and to their faculty advisor. A license that is sanctioned in any way is not considered an active license to practice and therefore does not meet the program requirements for RN to BSN or LPN to BSN programs.

LICENSE INFORMATION: LPN to BSN & RN to BSN Students

Students must report any action involving their license during the admission process, as well as during the student’s progression in the program. This may include a revoked license, a suspended license or sanctions of any kind. The student is required to report all changes in their license status to the nursing department and their adviser.

The requisite for the LPN to BSN and the RN to BSN programs is an active current license without restrictions or sanctions. A license that is restricted or sanctioned is not considered an active license to practice and does not meet program requirements for entry or progression. This includes temporarily suspended licenses and revoked licenses and any other restrictions.

Additional information regarding this policy is available through the Associate Dean/Director of the School of Nursing.