Nursing

Nursing Student Organization

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NURSING STUDENT ORGANIZATION

The purpose of the Nursing Student Organization (NSO) is to provide students opportunities to participate in local, state, and national affairs. The organization is concerned with the role of the nursing student, the role of the nurse in the community, and the future of nursing.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    1. What is Basic BSN?The basic BSN is a four-year, full-time, cohort program which leads to a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Upon program completion, students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN Exam (Registered Nurse [RN] License Exam). This program is intended for students who do not hold an RN license.
    2. Is there a time limit on how long ago science support courses have been taken and can still be used to meet your entrance requirements to the program? Yes, science support courses must be completed within 5 years of admission to the nursing program.
    3. What Chemistry courses will articulate, or be equivalent, to your CHEM 105?See Transfer Articulation Guides posted on the nursing Web site.
    4. How do I know if a course that I’ve previously taken will meet the entrance requirements for the program? If you have completed coursework at community university(s) and have questions about courseequivalency, check with your community university counselor. If you attended an out-of-state or private school we recommend that you communicate with the Admissions Department and they can assist you in verifying equivalency.
    5. I have completed university coursework or a degree outside of the United States. How do I know which of these credits will be accepted at Rockford University?First, you’ll need to have this coursework evaluated by an independent evaluation company. Here is a link to an evaluation company that applicants with international documents can use.http://www.ierf.org/ 

      We will not evaluate foreign transcripts which have not first been evaluated by an independent evaluation company.

    6. Do you accept 2nd Bachelor Degree students for Nursing at Rockford University?Yes, 2nd bachelor degree students can be admitted to the University as undeclared students (area of interest nursing) and can apply to the nursing program. Please contact the Office of Admission for admission criteria.
    7. How many entry points are there per year into the Nursing program?Two. Spring and Fall semester.
    8. Who has to take the Nurse Entrance Exam (NEE) exam?The NEE is designed as a predictor of success for Nursing program applicants. This exam is only required for Basic BSN applicants; it is not required for Early Decision Option students.
    9. Does work experience in a healthcare facility better an applicant’s chances of being selected?No. It is more important that you receive good university preparation in high school. Frequently, students take nurse aid type courses in high school at the expense of getting chemistry, algebra, and other critical science and math courses. Work experience may help you better decide about your nursing career; however, proper academic preparation in math and science will result in greater success in a university.
    10. If I want to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) what do I have to do?Students that have successfully completed NURS 200 – Fundamentals of Contemporary Nursing Practice can apply to take the certification exam. The student must contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at 217-785-5133 to obtain the form to submit for approval. For all information related to becoming a CNA, including testing dates and locations, go to the following Web site, http://www.nurseaidetesting.com.
    11. If I took a Nursing prerequisite course and received a grade that I didn’t like, and took that same class again, what grade will you accept?If the course is taken at another institution, no course with a grade of less than a “C” will be accepted. A student who receives a grade lower than a C- in any required natural and social science support course may repeat the course and have the repeated course grade counted toward the CGPA. Only one of the required natural and social science support courses may be repeated. If a student receives a grade lower than a C- grade in more than one of the required natural and social science support courses, they will not be considered for admission to the major.
    12. What is provisional acceptance?When a student is notified of a provisional acceptance, this means that a space has been reserved for him/her in the Nursing program for the following class. This becomes a full acceptance upon successfully completing any remaining prerequisites and maintaining progression requirements.
    13. Once admitted to the Nursing program, how long will it take to complete nursing course requirements?Nursing course work is sequenced over 5 semesters.
    14. Can a student take nursing courses without being enrolled in the School of Nursing?Currently one nursing course, NURS 150 – Contemporary Nutrition, can be taken without having been accepted into the nursing program.
    15. Is there a Student Nurses Association at Rockford University?Yes. Contact the Nursing Department for meeting times and places for the Nursing Student Organization (NSO). First-year and new students are encouraged to join.
    16. Once I’ve been admitted to the Nursing program, must I always maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA)?Yes. While you are in the Nursing program, you must maintain a CGPA of 2.75. However, if you drop out for any reason, you may be required to raise your grade point average before readmittance is allowed.
    17. What if I fail a nursing course?You must immediately discuss your academic issues with your nursing advisor. If your CGPA meets progression requirements re-enrollment in a course is on a space available basis. Should your CGPA be below progression requirements you must petition for readmission to the program. Note: You may repeat a nursing course only once. Two failures in any combination of nursing courses will result in dismissal.
  • Is the Nursing Department accredited?

Rockford University Department of Nursing is approved by the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (IDFPR) www.idfpr.com and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.(ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 | Atlanta, Georgia  30326 P.(404) 975 5000 | F. (404) 975-5020 www.acenursing.org

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Nursing
Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4054
Fax:815-394-5166

Laura Monahan, DNP, MBA, RN, Dept. Chair
lmonahan@rockford.edu

For those interested in the Nursing Program, please contact Admissions at 815-226-4050.

REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRESSION & RETENTION

  1. A minimum CGPA of 2.75 (calculated at the end of spring for progression into fall semester and end of fall semester for progression into spring).
  2. If a student has a CGPA at the conclusion of a semester of 2.70-2.74 and has successfully passed all nursing courses with a C or better, they may be granted one probationary semesterto achieve the CGPA progression requirement.  If unsuccessful in meeting the progression requirement in any subsequent semester, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program.
  3. Earn a grade of “C-” or better in each of the required social and natural science support courses.
  4. Earn at least a “C” grade (2.0) in each nursing course. Students who achieve less than a “C” grade in a required nursing course must successfully repeat the respective required nursing course before progressing in the program. Readmission to the major is not guaranteed and is handled on a space available basis.  No more than one required nursing course may be repeated throughout the nursing curriculum with the exception noted in number 6 below.  All students must inform the Registrar’s Office when they are repeating classes.
  5. A student who is granted a medical incomplete or medical withdrawal may repeat only onesemester of nursing courses. Readmission to the major is not guaranteed and is handled on a space available basis.
  6. A student may only re-enroll in one nursing course. The exception to this is if a student is granted a medical withdrawal for all nursing courses in a single semester. The student may re-enroll in all courses on a space available basis.  If the student drops or fails any of the courses during the re-enrollment, the student will be dismissed from the program. Note that a student has four (4) years to complete the nursing program from the time of entering the first nursing course.
  7. Achievement Tests will be given upon the completion of the courses listed below.  Each test score will count as 10% of the final grade.
    Nurs 200 Introduction to Contemporary Nursing Practice
              Nurs 312 Family Health Nursing           
              Nurs 314 Child Health Nursing           
              Nurs 316 Mental Health Nursing
  8. It is the responsibility of the student to provide documentation of their health examination, immunizations, CPR for the Health Professional and the initial and annual TB testing to the Lang Health Center. It is the responsibility of the student to immediately notify the instructor if the TB test converts to a positive reaction. Students who fail to complete the clinical requirements as listed below will be dropped from clinical courses, which will impact progression in the program.
  9. Students who are diagnosed with any type of communicable disease may be required to make-up clinical time or be dropped from a clinical course. Each case will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  10. To progress in the nursing curriculum, the student must be able to perform all of the essential capabilities (with or without accommodations).  See Appendix A for Essential Capabilities of Nursing Majors.
  11. Students licensed as Registered Professional Nurses (R.N.) in the BSN Completion program must submit a current copy of the active Illinois license prior to enrolling in the first day of classes of any clinical course. Students will be removed from clinical courses if current active Illinois licenses are not maintained.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Nursing
Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4054
Fax:815-394-5166

Laura Monahan, DNP, MBA, RN, Dept. Chair
lmonahan@rockford.edu

Transfer Student Information

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TRANSFER STUDENT INFORMATION

Transfer Students
Minimum requirements for application and admission to the nursing major 

Admission to Rockford University does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. In order to be successful as a Rockford University nursing student, the Nursing Department has established minimum entrance requirements prior to enrolling in courses with the intent of pursuing a major in nursing. These include:

  1. Complete an application to Rockford University and be accepted for admission.
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on transferable course work at time of application.
  3. Make application to the University no later than February 14th for Fall Admission and August 15th for Spring Admission.  Late submissions will not be accepted.  Once you are admitted to the university, your admissions counselor will give you the application to the nursing program which will be submitted back to your counselor upon completion.
  4. Completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours at conclusion of semester preceding entrance to nursing major.
  5. Complete the nurse entrance exam; cost to student is $35 (fee subject to change).
  6. Pr-requisites
  7. Demonstrate math competence by one of the following means:
    • ACT math score of 20 or higher within the last 5 years or
    • College Algebra or MATH 120 or
    • Math Placement exam score of 3 or higher and
    • TEAS V math score proficient or higher

Students will be notified of their status by letter from the chairperson no later than May 1st for fall entrance or November 1st for spring entrance.  When notification of an offer of admission to the nursing program is received the student will make an appointment with their academic advisor to complete the Declaration of Major form.

Requirements of All Applicants:

  1. A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.75 at the time of application. For transfer students, a CGPA will be determined from course work accepted in transfer, which must be a minimum of 2.75 for consideration.
  2. Maintenance of a minimum CGPA of 2.75 from Rockford University at the end of the semester in which application is submitted.
  3. Achieve a grade of “C” in each of the required natural and social science support courses (see list of required supporting courses). A student who receives a grade lower than a C- in anyrequired natural and social science support course may repeat the course and have the repeated course grade counted toward the CGPA. Only one of the required natural and social science support courses may be repeated.  If a student receives a grade lower than a C- grade in more than one of the required natural and social science support courses, they will not be considered for admission to the major.  All students must inform the Registrar’s Office when they are repeating classes.
  4. Science courses older than five years will not be considered as equivalent to Rockford University courses.
  5. Students who are granted medical withdrawals and medical incompletes in required natural and social science support courses have a maximum of two times to achieve a passing grade of “C-” or better. For example, a student enrolls in Biology 209 and receives a medical incomplete. That student then makes arrangements with the instructor to repeat Biology 209 the next time it is offered. The student fails to achieve a passing grade and then withdraws from the course with a “MW” (medical withdrawal). The student repeats Biology 209 again and then receives a passing grade. The student (who has essentially attempted the same course three times) may not be considered for admission into the nursing program.
  6. Students who have been denied admission to the nursing program due to a CGPA of less than 2.75 may submit an application requesting admission to the nursing program, if admission criteria are met, during the next application period.  Automatic admission to the program for the next academic year is not guaranteed.  Each student case will be considered individually and are handled on a space-available basis.
  7. There are essential capabilities necessary for admission and progression at Rockford University in the complex discipline of nursing.  To enter or progress in the nursing curriculum, the candidate must be able to perform all of the essential capabilities (with or without accommodations). See Appendix A of the Nursing Student Handbook for Essential Capabilities of Nursing Majors.
  8. All students admitted to the nursing major are required to complete a background check and a random urine drug screen.
  9. The nursing faculty reserves the right to consider the merit of individual cases.

Requirements for Progression and Retention in the Nursing Major

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Nursing
Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4054
Fax:815-394-5166

Laura Monahan, DNP, MBA, RN, Dept. Chair
lmonahan@rockford.edu

For those interested in the Nursing Program, please contact Admissions at 815-226-4050.

Information for First-Years

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INFORMATION FOR FIRST-YEARS

First-year Students (individuals who have completed less than 30 credits)
Minimum requirements for application and admission to the nursing major 

Admission to Rockford University does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.  In order to be successful as a Rockford University nursing student, the nursing department has established minimum entrance requirements prior to enrolling in courses with the intent of pursuing a major in nursing. These include:

  1. A high school cumulative grade point average of 2.75.
  2. Successful completion with a minimum grade of “C” in at least one course in biology, one course in chemistry, and two courses in math.
  3. Make application to the nursing program no later than September 1 of the sophomore year. Late submissions will not be accepted. Application forms are available in Starr 214, the Starr Science Administrative Assistant’s office or from your academic advisor. Forms should be submitted to the Starr Science Administrative Assistant, Office 214.
  4. Complete the nurse entrance exam; cost to student is $50.00 and must be paid prior to the test date in Student Administrative Services.
  5. Demonstrate math competency by the following means:
    • ACT math score of 20 or higher within the last 5 years or
    • College Algebra or MATH 120 or
    • Math Placement exam score of 3 or higher and
    • TEAS V math score proficient or higher

Students will be notified of their status by letter from the chairperson no later than November 1. When notification of an offer of admission to the nursing program is received, the student will make an appointment with his or her academic advisor to complete the Declaration of Major form.

Requirements of all applicants:

  1. A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.75 at the time of application. For transfer students, a CGPA will be determined from course work accepted in transfer, which must be a minimum of 2.75 for consideration.
  2. Maintenance of a minimum CGPA of 2.75 from Rockford University at the end of the semester in which application is submitted.
  3. Achieve any “C” grade in each of the required natural and social science support courses (see list of required supporting courses). A student who receives a grade lower than a C- in anyrequired natural and social science support course may repeat the course and have the repeated course grade counted toward the CGPA.  Only one of the required natural and social science support courses may be repeated. If a student receives a grade lower than a C- grade in more than one of the required natural and social science support courses, they will not be considered for admission to the major. All students must inform the Registrar’s Office when they are repeating classes.
  4. Science courses older than five years will not be considered as equivalent to Rockford University courses.
  5. Students who are granted medical withdrawals and medical incompletes in required natural and social science support courses have a maximum of two times to achieve a passing grade of “C-” or better. For example, a student enrolls in Biology 209 and receives a medical incomplete. That student then makes arrangements with the instructor to repeat Biology 209 the next time it is offered. The student fails to achieve a passing grade and then withdraws from the course with a “MW” (medical withdrawal). The student repeats Biology 209 again and then receives a passing grade. The student (who has essentially attempted the same course three times) may not be considered for admission into the nursing program.
  6. Students who have been denied admission to the nursing program due to a CGPA of less than 2.75 may submit an application requesting admission to the nursing program, if admission criteria are met, during the next application period. Automatic admission to the program for the next academic year is not guaranteed. Each student case will be considered individually and are handled on a space-available basis.
  7. There are essential capabilities necessary for admission and progression at Rockford University in the complex discipline of nursing. To enter or progress in the nursing curriculum, the candidate must be able to perform all of the essential capabilities (with or without accommodations). See Appendix A of the Nursing Student Handbook for Essential Capabilities of Nursing Majors.
  8. All students admitted to the nursing major are required to complete a background check and a random urine drug screen.
  9. The nursing faculty reserves the right to consider the merit of individual cases.

Requirements for Progression and Retention in the Nursing Major

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Nursing
Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4054
Fax:815-394-5166

Laura Monahan, DNP, MBA, RN, Dept. Chair
lmonahan@rockford.edu

EARLY DECISION OPTION FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

The early decision option is a formal understanding between the high school student and Rockford University in which the student may be granted admission to Rockford University and admission into the first nursing course of the BSN program upon successful completion of the admission requirements. Students seeking the early decision option may submit their applications during their senior year of high school. Applications and transcripts showing completion of high school courses to that date must be submitted before January 31 of their senior year. Selection is competitive and only a limited number of applicants will be accepted.

Candidates who are high school students desiring to seek admission by the early decision option must:

  • Complete an application to Rockford University and be accepted for admission;
  • submit application to the Nursing program prior to January 31 of their senior year;
  • submit proof of ACT composite score of at least 23;
  • complete a personal interview;
  • submit a statement of interest; and
  • Submit high school transcript showing completion of the following course with a cumulative GP of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • English (4 semesters)
    • Math (2 semesters including algebra)

Students will be notified of admission decision by April 1 of their senior year. Actual enrollment is contingent on receipt of an official high school transcript by July 1 of the year of enrollment, verifying that all admission criteria have been met. A student who is accepted under the Early Decision Option must meet all progression requirements to continue to progress into and through the nursing program.

Requirements of All Applicants:

  1. A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.75 at the time of application. For transfer students, a CGPA will be determined from course work accepted in transfer, which must be a minimum of 2.75 for consideration.
  2. Maintenance of a minimum CGPA of 2.75 from Rockford University at the end of the semester in which application is submitted.
  3. Achieve a minimum of “C” grade in each of the required natural and social science support courses (see list of required supporting courses). A student who receives a grade lower than a C- in any required natural and social science support course may repeat the course and have the repeated course grade counted toward the CGPA. Only one of the required natural and social science support courses may be repeated. If a student receives a grade lower than a C- grade in more than one of the required natural and social science support courses, they will not be considered for admission to the major. All students must inform the Registrar’s Office when they are repeating classes.
  4. Science courses older than five years will not be considered as equivalent to Rockford University courses.
  5. Students who are granted medical withdrawals and medical incompletes in required natural and social science support courses have a maximum of two times to achieve a passing grade of “C-” or better. For example, a student enrolls in Biology 209 and receives a medical incomplete. That student then makes arrangements with the instructor to repeat Biology 209 the next time it is offered. The student fails to achieve a passing grade and then withdraws from the course with a “MW” (medical withdrawal). The student repeats Biology 209 again and then receives a passing grade. The student (who has essentially attempted the same course three times) may not be considered for admission into the nursing program.
  6. Students who have been denied admission to the nursing program due to a CGPA of less than 2.75 may submit an application requesting admission to the nursing program, if admission criteria are met, during the next application period. Automatic admission to the program for the next academic year is not guaranteed. Each student case will be considered individually and are handled on a space-available basis.
  7. There are essential capabilities necessary for admission and progression at Rockford University in the complex discipline of nursing. To enter or progress in the nursing curriculum, the candidate must be able to perform all of the essential capabilities (with or without accommodations). See Appendix A of the Nursing Student Handbook for Essential Capabilities of Nursing Majors.
  8. All students admitted to the nursing major are required to complete a background check and a random urine drug screen.
  9. The nursing faculty reserves the right to consider the merit of individual cases.

Requirements for Progression and Retention in the Nursing Major

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Nursing
Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4054
Fax:815-394-5166

Laura Monahan, DNP, MBA, RN, Dept. Chair
lmonahan@rockford.edu

Licensure

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LICENSURE

Nursing is a licensed profession with nurses practicing according to state-specific provisions outlined in the Nursing Practice Act, Illinois Compiled Statutes (225 ILCS 65/) Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Act.

Graduates of Rockford University BSN program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). This is a computer-adapted examination and may be taken at testing centers in Illinois and across the United States. Passage of this examination will allow the graduate to begin practicing as a registered nurse.

All applicants to Rockford University are hereby notified that the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation may refuse to issue a license for specific reasons related to moral turpitude, intemperate use of alcohol or drugs, or conviction of a crime (See State of Illinois Nursing Practice Act). Completion of the BSN degree does not guarantee eligibility to be licensed in the state of Illinois.


Rockford University Department of Nursing is approved by the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (IDFPR) www.idfpr.com and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.(ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 | Atlanta, Georgia  30326 P.(404) 975 5000 | F. (404) 975-5020 www.acenursing.org

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Nursing
Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4054
Fax:815-394-5166

Laura Monahan, DNP, MBA, RN, Dept. Chair
lmonahan@rockford.edu

Competencies of the Graduate

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COMPETENCIES OF THE GRADUATE

The ‘competencies of the graduate’ emerge from the philosophy of the nursing department. Their purpose is to describe the competencies we expect our graduates to attain upon completion of the nursing program.

  1. As a caregiver, collaboratively utilizes the nursing process to effectively provide therapeutic nursing interventions in meeting the health care needs of individuals, families, groups and communities.
  2. As a communicator, communicates effectively in a goal directed manner.
  3. As a critical thinker, consistently demonstrates critical thinking to effectively practice professional nursing.
  4. As a diagnostician, formulates accurate conclusions about health related conditions and situations amenable to nursing intervention.
  5. As a leader, uses leadership knowledge and skills in productive relationships with others to create a vision and inspire goal achievement for the profession.
  6. As a manager, engages in activities to plan, organize, direct, and control the human, material and financial resources needed to achieve quality nursing care.
  7. As a teacher, adapts the educational process to empower learners.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Nursing
Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4054
Fax:815-394-5166

Laura Monahan, DNP, MBA, RN, Dept. Chair
lmonahan@rockford.edu

Clinical Requirements

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CLINICAL REQUIREMENTS

The following clinical requirements must be completed by January 1 (Spring entrance) or August 1 (Fall entrance) for Basic BSN students:

  1. Health examination.
  2. Immunizations required: Measles, rubella, mumps, diphtheria, flu vaccination and tetanus (within last 10 years).
  3. CPR for the Health Professional which must be renewed biennially.
  4. Hepatitis B immunization (three injection series) with reactive titer (30-60 days after series is completed). Completion of immunization series and titer takes a minimum of six (6) months.
  5. An initial 2-step Mantoux TB skin test. Yearly re-tests by means of a single TB skin test is required after the initial 2-step Mantoux. Persons with a positive reaction to TB skin test must complete a yearly questionnaire at Lang Health Center.
  6. Proof of immunity to chicken pox by:
  • a signed statement of chicken pox disease history date (form available at Lang Heath Center) OR
  • have laboratory (serological) evidence of chicken pox immunity OR
  • received the appropriate number of doses of varicella vaccine as follows:
    • If the student never had chicken pox and knows never had chicken pox, 2 vaccines are required.
    • If the student thinks maybe had chicken pox but not sure a titer should be drawn and if equivocal, one vaccine is given
    • If the student thinks maybe had chicken pox but not sure a titer will be drawn and if negative will be required to have two vaccines
    • The student does have the option of having a titer drawn after one injection and if the titer is not high enough an additional injection must be given.

It is the student’s responsibility to maintain immunization and CPR certification compliance. A student who is found to be out of compliance will be removed from clinical until the student has remediated the situation. If the student exceeds the allowed clinical absence as noted in the course syllabus, the student may be administratively withdrawn from the course.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Nursing
Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4054
Fax:815-394-5166

Laura Monahan, DNP, MBA, RN, Dept. Chair
lmonahan@rockford.edu

BACKGROUND CHECKS & DRUG SCREENING

Requirements for all admitted nursing majors

Background Check and Drug Screening Policy Statement
All students entering the nursing program are required to obtain a criminal background check and random urine drug/alcohol screen.

Purpose
The 2004 Manual for Hospitals published by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of hospitals and Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the major accreditation body for hospitals, requires that all staff members, student, faculty and volunteers meet standards relating to criminal background checks and freedom from drugs.

Policy Overview
Students are responsible for costs associated with the criminal background check and drug screen. Students must further agree that all results are available to the nursing program and the clinical sites associated with the program. The program is responsible for ensuring that students comply with individual hospital policy regarding disclosure of results. Should a clinical agency refuse to place a student based on the outcome of the background check and/or drug/alcohol screen, the program has no responsibility for arranging an alternative clinical placement. This may result in the student being unable to complete program objectives and, therefore inability to complete the nursing program.

Criminal Background Check
Upon acceptance into the nursing program, students must clear a criminal background check. Failure to complete this process will result in dismissal from the program. If the background check indicates criminal behavior, the student’s admission to the nursing program may be rescinded.

Urine Drug/Alcohol Screening
The nursing program maintains a no tolerance policy regarding substance abuse. All students must clear a random urine drug/alcohol test. Failure to undergo this test, a positive drug/alcohol screen, or a tampered with urine sample will result in dismissal from the program. If the drug/alcohol screen comes back positive and a valid prescription exists, which is verified and the student is under the current treatment of a licensed medical professional, the test result will be deemed negative.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Nursing
Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4054
Fax:815-394-5166

Laura Monahan, DNP, MBA, RN, Dept. Chair
lmonahan@rockford.edu