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Background Check & Drug Screening

All RCC Nursing students participating in a clinical experience are required by clinical sites to undergo a criminal background check and drug screening.

Students who test positive on the drug screening will be dismissed from the RCC Nursing Program.  Additionally, students who are not cleared for the criminal background check will be dismissed from the Program.  Students who test positive on the drug screen and/or students who are not cleared for the criminal background check are eligible to reapply once they are able to successfully complete the drug screening and/or have cleared up the issues on their criminal record.

Students are solely responsible for the costs of the criminal background check and drug screening. Students must utilize the services of Castle Branch (www.castlebranch.com).

The drug screening follows the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) guidelines and screens for (10) substances as designated in the Substance Abuse Panel 10 (SAP 10).  The substances are: Amphetamines, Opiates, Marijuana, Barbiturates, Metabolites, Methadone, Phencyclidine-Propoxyphene, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine metabolites, Methaqualone.

Please go to CastleBranch RCC Nursing Portal to register for the criminal background check and drug test.

Note: Please be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede the ability of a student to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and to meet licensure for certain professions.

Applicants seeking information on how a felony or misdemeanor conviction may affect their ability to be licensed, should contact the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions at 518-474-3817.

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