Background Checks

The University is committed to accepting and educating students who meet established standards for professionalism, are of high moral character, and are suitable candidates for professional certification or licensure. A national Criminal Background Check (CBC) is required of each conditionally accepted applicant prior to full admission and at least annually thereafter for every continuing student. Please refer to the OUHSC Faculty Handbook (12-C) for the full policy.

Background Check Instructions

Initial Background Checks should be completed prior to enrollment, but they should NOT be completed more than 3 months before your first enrollment. Example: Summer start admits should complete background checks after March 1. Further instructions will be given at Orientation. The student is responsible for the cost of the Background Check. No enrollment will be processed until your Background Check has been fully processed and results are available.

Click on the link below to download the instruction sheet:
OU College of Nursing Student Background Check Instructions

Drug Screens should NOT be completed more than 3 months before your first enrollment. Example: Summer start admits should do their Drug Screens after March 1. Please contact your campus contact with any questions to avoid any unnecessary retest.  Students do not submit copies of their Background Checks.  The system will automatically update.
Must be renewed every 12 months.



Enrollment holds will be place on a student’s file at the following time(s):

  • Upon initial offer of admission
  • Every 12 months following previous CBC and drug screen completion

Enrollment holds will be released by College of Nursing Student Affairs representatives when the CBC and drug screen are finished and results are returned to the College of Nursing.  

*Students will be emailed by Certiphi when the CBC is finished and results are available.  Students will not receive a copy of their drug screen. 

Attaining CBC Results: 

  • Each student will receive a copy of their CBC results from Certiphi. 
  • Students may download a copy of their results to provide to clinical personnel at clinical sites.
  • Students should not provide a copy of their CBC results to faculty members. 

Please review the Student Center in Student Self-Service to check on enrollment holds.

Clinical Placement:

Completion of the CBC request and enrollment in coursework does not guarantee clinical placement.

Taken from the Student Handbook:  “The College is not responsible for finding rotation practice sites for students who are unable to meet the requirements for rotation practice sites, including passing background checks or drug screens; nor does it assure that a graduate will be allowed to register for required exams or obtain required licenses to practice.  Students should be aware that failure to pass a background check or drug test, as determined by each facility, will prevent the student from participating in that clinical experience and may delay the student’s completion of the degree program requirements or prevent the student from completing the degree program.”



Mark Gunter

(405)271-2402 ext. 49221


Melinda Smith 


Tulsa Campus

Dianne Estes


Sooner Nursing: Integrity, Compassion, Excellence