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BS-Nursing Background Checks and Drug Testing Are Required for All Nursing Students Each Semester

Clinical practice is an invaluable part of your nursing education at Boise State. Hands-on nursing experience is what brings nursing education to life for each student in our Program. It is a privilege for Boise State to work with many community health care facilities in the Treasure Valley area which provide clinical experiences. To ensure the safety and well being of all patients, background checks are becoming a standard requirement for employment in health care today. It is therefore important that students within our Program obtain a background check before beginning clinical practice each semester.

All students admitted to a College of Health Science clinical program (including nursing) are required to have a criminal history background check. All students selected for admission to the Nursing Program, will be admitted conditionally until background check results are reviewed. Students are responsible for completing background checks throughout the Program.  Complete instructions about when and where to obtain a background check will be reviewed once a student is admitted to the Nursing Program. Background checks performed for previous employment cannot be used for admission to Boise State University’s clinical programs.

Results of the background check will be made available to the student and to the School of Nursing at Boise State University. All background checks will be treated as confidential. Derogatory information of the following nature gathered as the result of a background investigation is the basis to no longer consider a candidate for the program, as clinical placement will not be possible. Pending charges for the following crimes will be considered crimes and will be deemed to be substantially detrimental to the care of patients and will result in dismissal. Timeframe is for the last 7 years unless otherwise noted:

  • Felony convictions
  • Withheld judgments for felonies
  • Other plea agreements to felony convictions
  • Sexual assault, rape, indecent exposure, lewd and lascivious behavior, or any crime involving nonconsensual sexual conduct committed at any time
  • Child abuse, sexual exploitation of children, child abduction, child neglect, contributing to the delinquency or neglect of a child, enticing a child for immoral purposes, exposing a minor to pornography or other harmful materials, incest, or any other crime involving children as victims or participants committed at any time
  • Homicide committed at any time
  • Any charge related to illegal drugs such as (but not limited to) possession of drugs or paraphernalia, or trafficking
  • Abuse, exploitation or neglect of a vulnerable adult (disabled or elderly) committed at any time
  • Assault or Battery
  • Misdemeanor theft committed during the last 5 years or grand theft committed during the previous seven years
  • Offenses involving substantial misrepresentation of any material fact to the public or an employer including embezzlement, bribery, fraud, racketeering or allowing an establishment to be used for illegal purposes
  • DUI within the last 3 years or more than one DUI in the past five years
  • First or second degree arson
  • Kidnapping
  • Mayhem, as defined by Section 18-5001, Idaho Code
  • Poisoning
  • Forgery or fraudulent use of a financial transaction card
  • Forgery and counterfeiting
  • Insurance fraud
  • Pattern of behavior deemed to be unprofessional, or that is felt to put patients, faculty and/or students at risk

The School of Nursing will not address questions about your individual background and background check results. For further information see the College of Health Science Policy on Criminal Background checks.

NOTE: Please contact the State of Idaho Board of Nursing (IBN) at 208-334-3110 if you have questions regarding results of your background check and nursing licensure. The IBN website can be found at: