Clinical-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: www.op.nysed/prof/nurse/nurse-licensefaq.htm

Clearance for Clinical Placements

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 and drug screening. Specific policies and procedures related to clearance for clinical experiences are documented in the Nursing Student program handbooks ( ) The Molloy College Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing and Health Sciences ("The School") is not responsible for any clinical ineligibility, regardless of whether a history of conviction, potential drug use, or other circumstances were disclosed to the School of the College prior to the student's matriculation. If a student's clinical placement is denied, the School does not guarantee the availability of an alternative clinical placement.  If a student cannot be placed at a clinical site due to a background check finding, he/she will not be able to complete the nursing program and will therefore be dismissed from the nursing program.

Health care workers including Nursing Students care for patients that may have communicable diseases. Students prepare by wearing appropriate PPE. Nurses have the ethical obligation to care for patients and Student Nurses have the same obligation.  Additionally, Nurses and Student Nurses will not discriminate against any individual based on the perception that he or she has or is suspected of having an infectious or communicable disease.

Students assigned to a hospital unit that included segregated infectious patients are expected to remain on the unit and complete their clinical assignments.

  • Faculty and/or an Associate Dean will speak to students who are concerned that they cannot remain in their clinical environment.
  • Students unwilling to remain, or insist on leaving the site will receive a withdrawal from the course.
  • WA will be entered as long as the student is currently passing the didactic portion of the course.
  • The course will be repeated in a subsequent semester, as available.
  • Withdrawal from the semester 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 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.

Potential or current students with any questions are encouraged to contact our associate deans at: or


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