Licensing & Examination Eligibility
The license to practice nursing in the State of Washington is granted by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. To be eligible to write the NCLEX (the nursing licensure exam), the commission requires you to provide information about physical/mental conditions and any filed criminal charges.
Background Checks & Drug Screening
You should be aware that some clinical facilities are fingerprinting students for federal background checks and are randomly screening for drug usage.
A criminal history may impact your ability to both attend a clinical class at selected clinical sites and receive a Washington State nursing license. If you have a criminal history it is important that you determine the impact this will have on your choice of a career.
- You may contact the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to determine impact on your ability to obtain a nursing license in the state of Washington.
- You may contact the clinical facilities/ hospital to determine the impact on your ability to obtain clinical placement.
- You can contact us to make an appointment with a nursing faculty advisor if you have questions about criminal history.
Last Updated November 27, 2013