General Notices & FAQ's

Important Notices

Upon admission to the College of Nursing (or before your practicum), a mandatory drug screening will be required. Additional screenings may be required throughout the program. In addition, clinical agencies may require students to undergo drug screening prior to placement in their agency. Students whose drug screening results are unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies, and if a comparable assignment cannot be made to meet course objectives, the student will be denied progression in the College of Nursing.

It is important to note that admission to the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing does not guarantee eligibility for licensure in nursing in the state of Florida nor does the completion of the nursing curriculum guarantee that the Florida Board of Nursing (or any other licensing body) will allow student with criminal records to take the licensing examination.

  • The Florida State Board of Nursing, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Nurse Practice Act, will determine a nursing program graduate's eligibility for licensure if there is an arrest/conviction record. Students should contact the Florida State Board of Nursing for information regarding regulations. Information may be found on their website: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing.
  • Detailed information on Florida Department of Health Regulations can be found by clicking by clicking on this link: FL DOH Regulations.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Colleen Alcantara-Slocombe at slocombe@health.fau.edu.

Background Check FAQ's

Background check results are maintained confidentially within the College of Nursing on the Boca Raton campus and reviewed during the admission process.

What happens if any applicant's background check indicates a history that might prevent participation in a nursing practice component of the program?
The Advisory Panel of the College that rules on such student issues will consider the applicant's individual situation and make a decision about admission in the program.

What if the background check results in a current student being denied admission to a clinical agency and/or access to patients in the agency, and if a comparable assignment cannot be made to meet course objectives and the academic requirements of the program cannot be met?
The student will be denied progression in the College of Nursing resulting in withdrawal or dismissal from the program.