Drug testing and criminal background checking of nursing students are required by the clinical sites for the clinical learning experience of OC nursing students. OC will require testing and criminal background checking of each student prior to the time the student would have contact with the facility’s patients and/or employees. This screening must occur before a nursing student can be placed at a clinical site for his or her clinical experience; the student must have "negative" results on both a drug test and the criminal background check for admission into the nursing program [upper division]. "Negative" results are part of the program’s enrollment policies. If a need for a “drug screen” should arise during the student’s progression, the student will have to pay the expense for such a test and/or screening in addition to the regular tuition and/or lab fees.
Detailed policies and procedures of the drug test and background checks can be found in the OC Nursing Student Handbook.