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    Prerequisite Checklist


    Upload All Unofficial Transcripts and proof of enrollment in 'to be completed' prerequisites (PDF or Word documents only)

    Official Transcripts will only be required prior to starting program.

     
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    Students in all programs will participate in healthcare coursework. To meet the requirements of our healthcare sites and ensure student and patient safety, all applicants are required to authorize a background test that DCN will complete. Applicants with prior felony or serious misdemeanor convictions may not be allowed to participate in healthcare coursework, and therefore may not be able to complete their program. The decision to allow a student to participate in an experiential learning assignment at a healthcare facility is made by the healthcare site. DCN cannot guarantee students that sites will allow them to participate.

    Student Background Disclaimer

    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.

    Eligibility is pending the successful submission of all required immunizations records and completed “Fit For Practice” form. Applicants will receive more information on submitting these forms during the admissions interview if granted. These are not required with the initial application.

    I understand that my photo and video could be taken during school activities and may be used and published on website or advertising materials.

    Terms of Application

    By submitting this form, I authorize and agree that a representative of DCN can contact me by phone and/or SMS text messaging at the telephone number provided by me. I understand that the call or text may include advertising or telemarketing messages using an automated telephone dialing system, or an artificial or pre-recorded voice or text message. Data and text message rates may apply. I understand that my agreement above is not required before I may purchase any educational programs or services. Calls may be recorded for quality assurance purposes.