Applicants should be aware that fingerprinting and background checks from an approved vendor are requirements for enrollment in nursing courses in order to be compliant with the requirements of clinical facilities. Students should not do fingerprinting and background checks until accepted for admission. Information regarding how these are to be done will be provided in the acceptance packet. Applicants with felony charges and selected misdemeanor charges may ultimately be denied enrollment in nursing courses. Students must be free of offienses which would potentially disqualify them from working in a healthcare environment (Florida Statutes 456.0635, 435.04, and 316.193). Pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, the Florida Board of Nursing shall refuse to issue a license, certification, or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examiniation if the applicant has been:
- Convicted or plead guilty or nolo contender (no contest) to a felony violation, regardless of adjudication of Chapters 409, 817, or 893 Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss 1395-1396. Eligibility for license can be denied unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended 5 to 15 years prior to the application, depending on the level of the offence.
- Terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent five years.
- Terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent five years.
Admission into clinical is at the discretion of the clinical agencies and these agencies may require more stringent limitations than those outlined above; therefore, applicants with any felony charges and selected misdemeanor charges may ultimately be denied enrollment in nursing courses. Students should be aware that hospitals may require social security number of students and copies of criminal history background report, immunization records, and other such data before accepting a student for clinical.
Students with a criminal history are encouraged to meet with the Program Director to determine the probability of eligibility for admission. You should bring a copy of court papers that show the specific charges and final disposition of those charges to that meeting. You may schedule an appointment by calling the Nursing Administrative Assistant at 863.297.1039.