Clinical Clearance and Licensure Information for Potential and Current Students
Important Information Before you Apply
In addition to other clinical clearance requirements, nursing students must complete a drug test and initial background check through the program's approved vendor, prior to participating in clinical learning experiences. Students are responsible for all costs associated with this and all clinical clearance procedures. Students entering the clinical sequence of the nursing program curriculum will be informed as to the timeline and deadline for completion of all clinical clearance requirements.
Students with a past criminal conviction or who believe that they may have negative information disclosed in a background check are urged to seek the advice of an attorney that specializes in professional licensure issues as early as possible, preferably prior to matriculation in the School of Nursing. It is the student's responsibility to seek legal assistance. The School of Nursing makes no guarantees or representations that any student or graduate of the School of Nursing with a positive background check or other circumstances will satisfy the licensure requirements of the State of New York or any other state's respective requirements. Potential students should understand that past acts/behavior resulting in conviction for criminal offenses, or other circumstances, may preclude them from licensure, as determined by the respective state. Information about the procedures used by the State of New York to determine eligibility for registered nurse licensure can be found at this link: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nurse-licensefaq.htm
Clearance for Clinical Placements
In addition to other clinical clearance requirements, nursing students must complete a drug test and initial background check through the program's approved vendor, prior to participating in clinical learning experiences. Clearance requirements vary by clinical site and are subject to change at any time. Students are responsible for all costs associated with the drug test and background check, along with all other clinical clearance procedures. Students entering the clinical sequence of the nursing program curriculum will be informed as to the timeline and deadline for completion of all clinical clearance requirements.
Students must be aware that clinical placement sites reserve the right to deny, in their sole discretion, a student's clinical placement based upon the results of the background check , drug screening, noncompliance with safety or vaccination requirements, or other site-specific requirements. Procedures related to clearance for clinical experiences are documented in the Nursing Student program handbooks (www.molloy.edu/academics/schools/barbara-h-hagan-school-of-nursing-and-health-sciences/nursing-handbooks ) The Molloy College Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing and Health Sciences ("The School") is not responsible for the clinical ineligibility of any student for any reason, including but not limited to whether a history of conviction, potential drug use, or to other circumstances which were disclosed to the School of the College prior to the student's matriculation . If a student's clinical placement at a clinical placement site is denied, the School does not guarantee the availability of an alternative clinical placement. The School or College is under no obligation to affirmatively seek out additional clinical placement sites that may be willing to accept a student who has been denied a clinical placement. If a student cannot be placed in an established clinical placement for any reason, including, but not limited to, a failed background check or drug test, clinical clearance, or other finding, he/she will not be able to complete the nursing program and will therefore be removed and dismissed from the nursing program.
Health care workers, including nursing students may care for patients with communicable diseases. Students are required to use appropriate PPE and to engage in all other appropriate infection control measures, including those specifically prescribed by the clinical site. Nurses have an ethical obligation to care for all patients; this obligation extends to student nurses as well. Nurses, including student nurses, will not discriminate against any individual based on the perception that the individual is suspected of having an infectious or communicable disease.
Students assigned to a hospital unit or other practice site specialized to care for infectious patients are expected to remain on the unit and complete their clinical assignments. Faculty and/or Associate Dean will speak to students who are concerned that they cannot remain in the clinical environment.
- Students unwilling to remain in the clinical setting or who insist they must leave the site will receive a withdrawal from the course
- Withdrawal from the course will be treated as any other course withdrawal. When the course is repeated, the student must continue for the full semester and earn a grade.
New York State National Council License Exam for RNS (NCLEX-RN)
Students must complete 128 credits, which includes both required nursing courses and liberal arts and science courses, resulting in a baccalaureate degree. Upon completion of all courses, students will apply for licensure as a registered nurse and take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. Successful completion of the NCLEX and state licensure confers status as a registered professional nurse. Information on the licensure exam can be accessed at www.ncsbn.org/nclex.htm.For New York State, Article 130 of the Education Law, Part 28 Regents Rule notes that "all information indicating that an applicant has been convicted of a crime, or has committed an act which raises a reasonable question as to the applicant's moral character, shall be referred to the director of the Office of Professional Discipline." The rule notes that once referred, and investigation of the circumstances surrounding such conviction or act is held. The review results in the submission of a recommendation to a review panel. The panel can either rule in favor of the applicant namely that 'the moral character is adequate for licensure" or that a substantial question exists about the moral character of the applicant.Applicants are entitled to a hearing appealing the decision. Further, they may reapply 18 months after a negative ruling. The Committee of Professions has the final determination of eligibility for licensure for any applicant. Students' assessments of their personal histories may lead them to consider alternative career paths. Specific information regarding licensure eligibility should be obtained from the state in which you intend to practice. www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nurse-licensefaq.htm
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