In accordance with the regulations established by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the agencies to which a registered nurse may be assigned for a clinical experience, the following 6 requirements must be met and documented prior to beginning the clinical portion of the course.
Requirement 1 - Criminal Background Review and Drug Screen: Clinical agencies mandate that all professional nurses returning to clinical practice have a criminal background review and drug screen. Similar to a review for employment, failure to clear the criminal background review will prevent admission and completion of the course.
Currently, CastleBranch, Inc. is the fee-based provider you will contract with to provide the required criminal background review and coordinator of the drug screen. The annual, nonrefundable fee of $103.75 is paid directly to CastleBranch, Inc. In addition to conducting the criminal background review, CastleBranch, Inc. will track and verify compliance of all pre-course requirements listed below including immunizations, physical assessment, drug screen, BLS certification, proof of health insurance, and confirmation of professional licensure as a registered nurse. If you reside outside the immediate Washington, DC metropolitan area and require additional county/counties searches at a cost of $12 for each additional county of residence within the last 7 years, capped at 3 additional searches.
Note: Results of criminal background checks are confidential. However, any arrests, regardless of adjudication, occurring after acceptance and during enrollment in a course must be reported to the Director of Academic Outreach. Failure to promptly notify the Director may be grounds for dismissal from the course.
The first step to meeting the pre-course requirements is to order your background check from CastleBranch by following the instructions at the bottom of this announcement.
Requirement 2 - Licensure: An active or inactive state license as a registered nurse.
Requirement 3 - Physical Examination: A physical examination within 6 months to verify: (1) general health status; and (2) the ability to move and or lift adult patients while performing nursing care.
Requirement 4 - Immunizations Requirements: The clinical agencies require the immunizations listed below for all health care providers including staff, GMU faculty, and Academic Outreach clinical course participants.
Requirement 5 - Basic Life Support Recognition: Throughout the enrollment period, attendees must maintain a current "Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider" recognition status awarded by the American Heart Association (AHA). American Heart Association certification is preferred; however, American Red Cross certification is also accepted.
Requirement 6 -Health Insurance: You are required to have personal health care coverage while enrolled in the course. The University and clinical agency are not financially responsible for medical care provided during the enrollment period.
Summary of Pre-course Requirements:
Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
One of the following is required: 2 vaccinations OR positive antibody titer for all 3 components (lab report required)
If titer is negative or equivocal, you will be prompted with an additional alert to submit documentation of 2 vaccinations. The second dose of MMR should be given no sooner than 30 days following the first dose.
One of the following is required: 1 vaccination OR positive antibody titer (lab report required) OR medically documented history of varicella zoster -or- herpes zoster (shingles)
If titer is negative or equivocal, you will be prompted with an additional alert to submit 1 vaccination. (Healthcare personnel (HCP) born in the U.S. before 1980 who do not demonstrate immunity should be given the 2-dose vaccine series. If testing indicates they are not immune, give the 1st dose of varicella vaccine immediately. Give the 2nd dose 4–8 wks later.
One of the following is required: at least 2 vaccinations OR positive antibody titer (lab report required)
If titer is negative or equivocal, you will be prompted with an additional alert to submit 3 vaccinations. (Can either be proof of original series OR booster series)
If series is in process, you will be prompted with an additional alert to submit the 3rd vaccination.
One of the following is required: 1 step TB skin test administered within 1 year of course completion OR if positive results, a clear chest x-ray.
(No renewal date will be set)
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis
Documentation of a Tdap booster within the past 10 years OR a Td booster within the past 2 years.
Renewal date will be set at 10 years if Tdap is submitted OR 2 years if Td is submitted.
"Basic Life Support for Health care Provider" recognition status awarded by the American Heart Association (AHA) is preferred. American Red Cross certification is also accepted. Copy must be front & back of card and card must be signed. Certification must be valid through the course completion.
(No renewal date)
Provide a copy of current health insurance card or proof of coverage.
Submit documentation of a flu shot administered during current flu season.
Renewal date will be set at 1 year from date administered date of vaccination.
Physical Examination/Health Assessment
Provide verification of completed physical exam on letterhead or script signed by a medical professional.
Document must specifically indicate that student has the ability to move and/or lift adult patients while performing nursing care.
Provide a copy of current or expired RN license or verification of licensure through the state website.
Renewal date will be set according to the expiration of your license.