1. Will a criminal history or background prevent a student from being accepted into the Nursing Program?

    Hospitals normally do not accept a student for clinical experiences if the student has a felony record, regardless of adjudication, and this prevents admission to the program. Theft-related misdemeanor charges within the past five years may potentially prevent admission, but other charges normally do not present a problem. Any individual with a criminal history should make an appointment to meet with the Nursing Program Director for further information. To facilitate a decision regarding application, the student should bring copies of the court papers related to any charges, as well as the final disposition of these charges, to the meeting. Such an appointment can be made through the Nursing Program Administrative Assistant  (863.297.1039).