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Background Check and Drug Screen


ALL nursing students in ALL programs will be required to complete a background check and urine drug screen. THIS IS A HOSPITAL/HEALTH CARE AGENCY REQUIREMENT. Students will be given the information to obtain these requirements upon admission to the program. The Background Check is completed through American Data Bank (ADB) ---> DO NOT COMPLETE THIS REQUIREMENT UNTIL YOU RECEIVE AN INVITATION TO START THE PROGRAM.

The day of your urine drug test, DO NOT drink more than 8 oz. of any liquid . If you drink an excessive amount of liquid prior to conducting your urine drug screen, the results will be diluted and/or altered and therefore incomplete. If your drug screen results do come back dilute, you will not be able to be placed in clinical settings therefore, you will be ineligible to enter the nursing program.

Important: Student Admission with Prior History of Substance Abuse and/or Convictions- (posted January 29, 2016)

A past criminal history may be a significant barrier to placement in clinical rotations and may have a negative impact on a nursing graduate’s ability to obtain a license to practice nursing.

 Applicants with a criminal history must make an appointment to meet with the Nursing Director once they have applied to the nursing program.   Any student who fails to disclose criminal history at the time of application will be disqualified as an applicant to the program.  There should be at least one year time passed since the completion of any imposed probation or modification of a condition at the time of application.  The Program has the right to request documentation of completed probation in the case of imposed probation or modification of a condition.

Applicants with a record of substance abuse or conviction of violations of federal, state or local laws related to controlled substances, alcohol or other drugs or any offense (misdemeanor or felony) should know that they may not be eligible for licensure as a registered nurse.  Factors the California Board of Registered Nursing considers include the following:

  • Nature and severity of the act(s), offenses, or crime(s) under consideration
  • Actual or potential harm to the public
  • Prior disciplinary record
  • Number and/or variety of current violations
  • Mitigation evidence
  • Rehabilitative evidence
  • In case of a criminal conviction, compliance with  the conditions of sentence and/or court-ordered probation
  • Overall criminal record
  • Time passed since the act(s) or offense(s) occurred

The nursing application may not be accepted from students with pending criminal charges, a conviction of a felony or misdemeanor (other than a minor traffic offense), or entry into a diversion program for a criminal offense, including but not limited to:

  • Abuse (Adult, Elder and/or Child)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Recent DUI or DWI currently serving probation
  • Lewd conduct
  • Sex crimes (Adult and/or Child)
  • Medicare/Medicaid fraud or abuse
  • Battery
  • Theft
  • Failure to pay taxes
  • Sale or use of controlled substances

Students with a record of abuse (i.e., Adult, Elder and/or Child) or domestic violence on their background checks will be ineligible to apply to the Grossmont College School of Nursing.  Students who incur new infractions while in the nursing program will be required to meet with the Program Director to discuss options.

(Adapted from State of California Board of Registered Nursing: Recommended guidelines for disciplinary orders and conditions of probation, 2003).

If you feel that you might not be eligible for licensure due to a prior arrest or conviction, please contact the Grossmont College Nursing Program to speak with the Director of Nursing for confidential advisement and may visit the California Board of Registered Nursing website at http:/ To make an appointment with the Director of Nursing, please call (619)644-7301 to discuss your options.

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The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, nationality, gender, age, or handicap in admission or access to, treatment of, or employment in, its programs and activities.

Last Updated: 01/29/2016
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