School of Nursing

Health & Immunization and Criminal Background Check Requirements for Nursing Clinical Settings

Criminal Background Check

In preparation for enrolling in a clinical course you will need to complete a background check. Updated information about this requirement will be posted when available.

Be aware that USM administrators, staff and faculty have no access to the details of this background check. Clinical affiliates requesting the check will review the report and if there are concerns you will be asked to meet with their representative. Affiliates do have the right to refuse student clinical placement based on criminal background. No other background checks than the one that we require will be accepted by any of our clinical affiliates.

We consider ineligibility at one institution as ineligibility for all agencies and will stop your progression in the USM Nursing program.

Background checks are considered adequate for 12-18 months. At this time we require background checks at the start of your clinical course work and after any significant break in clinical progression. Please do not complete the background check any sooner than the semester prior to your enrollment in NUR 306/307.

A student will not be allowed into clinical if the background check is not completed.

Formal documentation of criminal background check/ health and immunization requirements for clinical courses must be submitted to Certified Background by the deadline date listed below. This applies to students enrolled in NUR 307, NUR 325/541, and NUR 419, as well as those in graduate clinical courses:

  • Deadline for students enrolled in any of the above classes for the fall semester is June 1
  • Deadline for students enrolled in any of the above classes for the spring semester is November 1
  • Deadline for students enrolled in any of the above classes for the summer (limited to Accelerated and Options program) is April 1

If you miss your deadline you will be dropped from these classes and the corresponding lecture class. Students will be informed via USM e-mail with instructions about how to submit documentation of these requirements.

Please note that these requirements are in addition to the immunization requirements for admission to the University of Southern Maine. University Health Services does not have access to your records in Certified Background.

Links for BS and MS Option students:

Links for RN to BS, MS and DNP students (not including MS Option students):


If you have questions about the above requirements, please contact Brenda Webster at (207) 780-4802