Prior felony, misdemeanor, or other types of criminal conduct may prohibit students from participating
in clinical courses at the school, taking licensing examinations or obtaining employment.
Criminal conduct may include arrest, conviction, pleas no contest, or nolo contendre pleas,
as well as deferred prosecution or deferred judgment pleas.
We conduct background checks of students and are required to report the results to clinical agencies
that help educate our students. They may refuse to allow a student to participate in a clinical
course at their facility, in which case the student would have to terminate his or her education.
Records of criminal or disciplinary actions may also prohibit graduates from being eligible to
take the NCLEX examination that is required for nurse licensure in Colorado. The applications
for the examination require a disclosure of all criminal and disciplinary background and
a complete explanation of any incidents. Previous disciplinary action means action taken
against students by any kind of licensing agency. Students can call the Colorado State Board
of Nursing at 303-894-2819 with questions. Students may also want to consult their own attorney.
Even if successful at school, and on licensing examinations, students may also be subject to
additional background tests, drug, and other screening examinations as a condition of employment.
We cannot tell you in advance what types of backgrounds may bar a student's participation in
a clinical course, a student's eligibility to take a licensing examination, or a graduates
ability to get a job. There is no complete list of the kinds of backgrounds that will bar
students from clinicals or licensure. Common sense would suggest that convictions involving
violence, child abuse, sexual crimes, theft, fraud, use of controlled substances, or substance
abuse are among the type that may raise barriers.
As explained by the Board of Nursing in the NCLEX application materials: “An arrest, subsequent
criminal conviction, or disciplinary action is not an automatic disqualification from licensure.
Instead, the appropriate board or program will look at the facts surrounding the criminal
conduct and disciplinary action to determine whether you are fit for licensure." Students
should review the entire NCLEX application at www.dora.state.co.us/registrations.
By my signature below, I acknowledge receipt of this statement and accept responsibility to determine
if my criminal, or other disciplinary, background may be a bar to my ability to attend clinical
classes, take licensing examinations or find employment as a nurse.