Nursing students checking on patient

Additional Requirements

Background Check

In light of recent statements from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and contracted facilities, the School of Nursing now requires that all undergraduate and graduate students undergo a background check prior to their involvement at clinical sites. The cost for the background check is the responsibility of the student and due prior to enrollment in UNRS 105, or at the first clinical course if entering the program out of sequence.

Blood-borne Pathogen Training

Nursing students admitted to the nursing program must complete the blood-borne pathogen training prior to the first day of clinical practicum. Returning students must renew annually prior to the first day of clinical practicum.


Students in the baccalaureate program are required to follow the School of Nursing uniform and dress code at all times during clinical practicum. The nursing uniform with the School of Nursing patch and name tag are standard attire.

Fees and Other Costs

Nursing students are charged a laboratory fee for each course with a laboratory or practicum. Worker’s compensation, Kaplan testing, and nursing liability insurance (which covers only the clinical practicum associated with the School of Nursing clinical courses) are included in the lab fee.


Certain clinical experiences in the nursing program may require that the student have a valid driver’s license, an automobile for personal use, and evidence of public liability insurance. Nursing students must provide their own transportation to and from clinical facilities or activities.


Copies of the course requirements and schedule for nursing majors are available from the School of Nursing. All nursing courses are offered sequentially and have prerequisites, so it is important for students to follow this schedule when registering for classes. Any questions regarding the schedule should be directed to the School of Nursing.

GPA Requirement

All undergraduate nursing majors must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in classes required for the major.

The School of Nursing reserves the right to change the curriculum and degree requirements as deemed necessary to maintain a high quality program.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.