Nursing - Disqualifying Factors

Disqualifying Factors

As part of the admission requirement, an applicant must successfully pass a criminal background check.

    Immediate disqualifiers are as follows:

  • Major misdemeanor conviction for crimes involving weapons, violence, embezzlement, dishonesty, misappropriation, fraud, or sex crimes.
  • Any felony conviction
  • More than one drunk driving or related conviction in the past three years.
  • Registered sex offender
  • Sex offender match

You can also check the DSHS Secretary's List of Crimes and Negative Actions.

This is intended to be used only as guidance for students. Please be aware that individual clinical sites may have additional disqualifying crimes that would prevent a student from fulfilling their clinical rotation requirement.

The Washington State Nursing Commission also provides guidance on criminal disqualifying factors for licensure.

Read more on Criteria for License Applications From the Nursing Commission.


Eustenia Kasjan M.A.
Allied Health Manager Nursing Advising/Admissions

Ronda Durano MN, RN
Nursing Program Director

Bebhinn Horrigan MACM
Nursing Program Coordinator
Front Office

Elizabeth Webber RN, MSN, CCRN
Nursing Faculty

Tiffany Smith MN, RN
Nursing Faculty

Vicki Dickson ARNP, MN
Nursing Faculty

National Accreditation

This nursing program is
accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
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