Criminal History Conviction

A student with a conviction showing on their Criminal History Record may not be eligible to participate in clinical experiences at selected agencies. This may impact the student’s ability to successfully complete course and program requirements.  This is to inform you that although you are enrolled in the nursing program, according to § 54.1-3007 of the Code of Virginia, “the Board of Nursing may refuse to admit a candidate to any examination, or refuse to issue a license or certificate, to any applicant with certain criminal convictions. Additionally, the code states criminal convictions of ANY felony can cause an applicant to be denied nursing licensure or nurse aid certification.”  A student with a conviction showing on their criminal History Record may have to appear before the Virginia Board of Nursing or submit documentation to justify why they should be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).  If you plan to take the licensure examination in another state, it is recommended you review that state’s guidelines for applicants with a criminal history record.

- 90-55, Joint statement of the Department of Health and the Department of Health Professions on Impact of Criminal Convictions on Nursing Licensure or Certification and Employment in Virginia, revised November 2015