Any student who has a history of mental illness or substance abuse or who has been convicted of a felony must file paperwork with the Board of Nursing BEFORE entering the VN program. BON regulations stipulate that a person convicted of a felony may not be permitted to take the state licensing exam. Don’t spend your time and money in school then discover you cannot take the exam. Check it out BEFOREHAND. Any student who has ever been arrested for anything other than a minor traffic violation will need to submit a Petition for Declaratory Order of Eligibility to the Board of Nursing and pay the required $189 fee. Contact the program coordinator for more information.


Criminal background checks will be completed on all applicants accepted to the program. The following histories will disqualify an individual from consideration for clinical rotations:

  • Felony convictions
  • Misdemeanor convictions or felony deferred adjudications involving crimes against persons (physical or sexual abuse, etc.)
  • Misdemeanor convictions related to moral turpitude (prostitution, public lewdness/exposure, etc.)
  • Felony deferred adjudications for the sale, possession, distribution, or transfer of narcotics or controlled substances, and
  • Registered sex offenders


You will need to submit a Declaratory Order of Eligibility to the Texas Board of Nursing for any criminal offense including those pending appeal if you have:

  •   been convicted of a misdemeanor
  •   been convicted of a felony
  •   pled non contendre, no contest or guilty
  •   received deferred adjudication
  •   been placed on community supervision or court ordered probation
  •   been sentenced to serve in jail or prison or court ordered confinement
  •   been granted pretrial diversion
  •   been arrested or have any pending criminal charges
  •   been cited or charged with any violation of the law (excluding minor traffic tickets)
  •   been subject to court martial

Conditions requiring you to complete the Petition for Declaratory Order of Eligibility as outlined above include: Within the last 5 years, a diagnosis, treatment or hospitalization for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder.



The Declaratory Order of Eligibility form can be found at