Chamberlain University’s College of Nursing is dedicated to both enrollment and student processes that focus on empowering students for successful outcomes and preparing graduates for careers in the nursing profession. Part of this objective is our rigorous admission requirements that ensure students meet requirements for eligibility aligned with State Boards of Nursing; are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®); and meet requirements established by our clinical affiliates and employers. The safety of our students, staff, clinical affiliates and the patients they serve is our top priority. Chamberlain is committed to providing an educational environment for nursing that is focused on quality, professionalism, and competent and compassionate patient care.

Some state professional standards prohibit issuing a registered nursing license to individuals with a criminal background. In addition, healthcare facilities routinely refuse to allow such persons into clinical training programs. Some healthcare facilities may also require FBI-level fingerprinting as a condition of clinical placement. Chamberlain University requires applicants to clear a background check, fingerprint and drug screen in order to be accepted into the program. Chamberlain recommends contacting any county in which a criminal offense may have occurred, in order to make sure your background is clear. Background or fingerprint checks that produce any criminal offenses, including charges or convictions, may make individuals ineligible for admission. An applicant will automatically be ineligible for admission if they have an offense that falls under certain categories, that are listed below. All other offenses will be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine the applicant’s eligibility.

Exclusion Categories:
An applicant could be ineligible for admission if they have an offense that falls under certain categories. Those categories include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol or Drug related
  • Assault/Battery
  • Fraud
  • Theft
  • Disorderly Conduct

Drug Screen:
The presence of any of the following substances may deem the student clinically ineligible for admission.

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Opiates
  • Propoxyphene
  • Oxycodone/Oxymorphone
  • PCP
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Methaqualone
  • Methadone
  • Ecstasy

For questions regarding the background check or drug screen process, contact:

American DataBank
complio@americandatabank.com For questions regarding the fingerprint process, visit FBI website at https://www.fbi.gov/checks or contact: identity@fbi.gov 1.304.625.5590. 

For all other questions, contact the Chamberlain Healthcare Compliance Department 877.491.5223