Background check

Admitted and continuing students

New nursing students will receive instructions to run a background check through a private national records verification agency chosen by the UW School of Nursing. All students pay a fee for this service.

  • Continuing undergraduate students must maintain a background check completed within the past twelve months throughout their enrollment in the School of Nursing. Continuing undergraduate students will be asked to renew their background checks annually until they graduate.
  • Continuing graduate students must maintain a background check completed within the past twelve months for clinical programs and twenty-four months for non-clinical programs throughout their enrollment in the School of Nursing. Continuing graduate students will be asked to renew their background checks annually (clinical program) and bi-annually (non-clinical program) until they graduate.

Please do not run this check prior to being admitted. If a check is run too early you will be asked to run the check again.

The national background check service will provide the School of Nursing with required background check information for all U.S. states. International background checks are not required for international admits or domestic admits who have resided outside the U.S. during the past three years.


Completing the background check

The School of Nursing will advise you when you should run your background check. Do NOT run the check before you have been officially notified that you have been admitted to the School.