Medgar Evers College Dept. of Nursing does not require a criminal background check for admittance in any of our nursing programs, however, New York State law, and generally all states’ laws, will prohibit individuals from practicing as a nurse if the person has been convicted of felonies and other specified legal offenses. Hence the Office of the Professions of the New York State Education Department requires that a criminal background check be done prior to issuing a license to practice nursing.
Medgar Evers College Department of Nursing will request that students be cleared by having a background check done if our affiliate clinical sites require this clearance for students before engaging in clinical rotations by their facilities. Even if the student has already begun their clinical training when the unfavorable results are received, the site may dismiss the student, regardless of the student’s performance.
All students should note that if clinical sites determine that you may not take part in its clinical program based on the results of a criminal background check, you may not be unable to complete your course requirements. Please consider this before enrollment in our nursing programs as Medgar Evers College will not be in anyway obligated to refund any student tuition or fees. We will not be able to accommodate alternative arrangement for you to fulfill these clinical requirements and we will not be responsible if you are denied a license to practice as a nurse.