Criminal Background Checks
A social security number is required in order to process the criminal background check.
North Central Texas College
Criminal History Policy for Health Sciences
North Central Texas College will not admit a prospective student to any of the Health Sciences Programs whose criminal history disqualifies him or her from participating in a clinical rotation pursuant to the policy of the Dallas-Fort Worth Health Council (DFWHC) or the associated clinical site(s).
Applicants must meet eligibility guidelines outlined in the DFWHC’s Community Standards for Drug Screening & Background Checks, which exclude applicants with the following criminal histories:
• Felony convictions, including deferred adjudications, nolo contendere, no contest,
• Misdemeanor convictions or felony deferred adjudications involving crimes against persons (physical or sexual abuse),
• Misdemeanor convictions related to moral turpitude (prostitution, public lewdness/exposure, theft over $1,500, computer crimes of fraud, etc.),
• Felony deferred adjudications for the sale, possession, distribution, or transfer of narcotics or controlled substances,
• Registered sex offenders,
• OIG, GSA and Medicaid Sanctions,
• Terrorist Suspect List,
• Pending charges and warrants for arrest
Additionally, clinical sites may have more restrictive eligibility requirements.
Whether the student’s criminal history prevents him or her from being eligible to participate in a rotation at one or more clinical sites;
In determining whether to admit an applicant with criminal history, the North Texas Central Texas College will consider various factors including, but not limited to:
The nature and seriousness of the crime;
The extent to which the program might offer an opportunity to engage in further criminal activity of the same type as that in which the person previously had been involved; and
The relationship of the crime to the ability, capacity, or fitness required to participate in the program.
North Central Texas College does not guarantee clinical placement and reserves the right to dismiss a student who commits any violation of law during the program.
Any potential applicant to the nursing program with a history of arrest or conviction, substance abuse, or mental illness (and who does not fall into the category above for applicants who would not be eligible to apply) must petition the Texas Board of Nursing for a Declaratory Order.
The Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) has specific rules, which may prohibit initial licensure. Any applicant needing to file a Declaratory Order will not be allowed entrance into the ADN program unless the Declaratory Order process is completed and the BON has deemed said applicant as “eligible” to take the NCLEX-RN.
1. Group 1 criminal background checks and BON Fast Pass fingerprinting will be required of all applicants prior to being accepted into the program.
***Any hospital may refuse to allow a student to participate in a clinical rotation based on any item that appears on a criminal background check.
2. The student is responsible for filing paperwork with the Board of Nursing and completing the Declaratory Order process with resolution from the BON prior to being accepted into the nursing program.
3. An applicant for initial licensure in Texas who:
a. has been denied licensure by any licensing/certifying authority in any country, state or province
b. has ever had disciplinary action taken against him by any licensing/certifying authority in any
country, state, or province
c. has been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation;
d. has been diagnosed with, or treated or hospitalized within the past five (5) years for schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, anti-social personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder (unless he/she has completed and/or is in compliance with TPAPN for mental illness)
e. has been addicted or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug within the past five (5) years. (unless he has completed and/or is in compliance with TPAPN for substance abuse);
f. has been issued an order concerning eligibility for examination of licensure by the TBON or has ever received a proposal of ineligibility will not be approved to take the NCLEX-RN exam until the Board has determined the eligibility of the applicant. The Declaratory Order process may take up to 2 years.
Students with offenses: If a prospective student has ever had any kind of criminal offense (other than Class C misdemeanor traffic violations), it must be reported to the Texas Board of Nursing. The student must get clearance from the Board before applying to the nursing program. Go to the Board of Nursing web site for additional information: http://www.bon.texas.gov/ Click on Download Other Paper Applications and Forms. Under Candidates for Licensure, click on Declaratory Order Form. Read through all of the information listed and proceed with submitting forms as required.
Do not apply to the program unless you have received a letter from the Board of Nursing regarding the Declaratory Order stating that you are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN Exam. Keep this letter in a safe place for future reference.
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)
Associate Degree Nursing Program
North Central Texas College
1525 West California Street
Gainesville , Texas
76240 - 4699
Central Texas College does not discriminate against or exclude
from participation in any of its programs or activities,
either in the student body or the staff, any person
on the grounds of sex, race, color, religion, age, handicap,
national origin or veteran status. Special emphasis will continue
to be placed on correcting conditions which may inadvertently
discriminate against any individual with a disability.