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All pre-licensure students are required to complete a criminal background check and provide proof of health history, physical exam and immunization status prior to entry into the program – by August 1st. Proof of CPR certification and Ten Panel Drug Screen is required prior to spring, sophomore year – by November 1st. The criminal background check, TB immunization, and Ten Panel Urine Drug Screen status are to be updated annually. CPR certification is updated every two years. Students are responsible for the cost of these services. The approximate cost is $75 for the first year, and $34 for the second year. No further charges will be incurred unless additional background checks or drug tests are required. All students must have required documentation submitted to by listed dates to be processed and tracked.

Certified Background will be requesting documentation on the following items:

Background Check

Required by the Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check Law. The Office of the General Counsel and the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing will be contacted in all instances of criminal offenses identified to determine if a student is eligible to remain in the program.

CPR Certification

Provide a copy of your card. CPR certification must be maintained throughout the program. Only American Heart Association Health Care provider BLS certification, which includes AED, will be accepted, and it must be renewed every 2 years. Certification at Marquette University is available.

NOTE: Pre-licensure students must complete the BLS certification prior to spring, sophomore year – by October 1st.

NOTE: Direct Entry students must complete the BLS certification at the beginning of their pre-licensure phase.

Health History and Physical Exam including a History of Communicable Disease

THE PHYSICAL MUST BE WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF ENTRY INTO THE PROGRAM with annual verification that health history is updated. A physician, nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant must provide signed documentation of the health history and physical exam. In addition, the provider must attest that the student is in satisfactory health to participate in Marquette University’s College of Nursing Program, including engaging in clinical practice. Any ADA/restrictions must be listed. Please see link for the healthcare practitioner statement. Completed form must be uploaded to

Tetanus-Diphtheria Booster within the past 10 years

TB Skin Test

To be completed annually. Documentation must include the dates and results of the test. If test results are positive, provide the date of your chest x-ray and results and complete annual report of health/symptom survey. If positive for active TB disease, participation in active treatment plan must be reviewed annually. Students are not eligible to participate in clinical practicum until such time as medical provider determines that they are not communicable. It is the students’ responsibility to turn in documentation of this test to on a yearly basis. Quantiferon TB test is acceptable in lieu of annual TB skin test.

Chickenpox Varicella Vaccine OR Positive Blood Titer

Provide documentation of Varicella disease or proof of immunity by titer, or 2 doses of Varicella vaccine, 4 weeks apart.

2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) Vaccines OR 2 Measles, 1 Mumps, 1 Rubella Vaccine

Dose 1 on or after the first birthday; Dose 2 must be at least one month after the 1st dose. If immunization date is not available, a laboratory report of a blood test (titer) showing immunity to Rubella, Mumps and Rubella will be accepted. Vaccine/Titer not required for those born prior to 1957.

Hepatitis B Virus (HBV/HBSAB Series) OR Titer

Medical documentation of three dose series of titer and/or declination form signed by student is required. See link for declination form.                                          

Seasonal Influenza Vaccine

Provide documentation of annual immunization. If needed, a medical exemption document must be signed by primary care provider; religious exemption document must be signed by clergy. If valid documentation is on file and annual declination form must be signed as self-report. Due by November 1st every year.

Ten Panel Urine Drug Screen

Must be completed the semester prior to entering clinicals – by November 1st of sophomore year. All nursing students will undergo a Ten Panel Urine Drug Screen prior to clinical start; a negative result will require no further screens unless indications of impairment are present, in which case additional screens may be requested.  If there is a break in a student’s enrollment, the urine drug screen will need to be repeated. If a student has a current positive drug screen result, they will not be able to participate in a clinical placement.

Wisconsin Professional Nursing License (Direct Entry students only)

NOTE: Direct Entry students will be required to provide proof of licensure after passing the NCLEX-RN, but no later than the 2nd Friday in October after completion of the pre-licensure phase.

*Acceptable Documentation must include the date the immunization was received with provider’s signature.

NOTE: The preceding documentation is required by the College of Nursing and is to be submitted to Any health information required by the University must be submitted separately to MU Student Health Services.

Students will not be permitted to progress in the program and/or continue in clinical practica if the above health reports are not current and on file at  If clinical time is missed due to missing health requirements, students’ progression may be affected.



The purpose of wearing a uniform is for students to identify themselves as professional student health care providers to clients, other health care workers, and the public. Additionally, uniforms contribute to infection control when worn only in the clinical setting. Students in practice settings that do not require uniforms are to project a professional and socially accepted image of a nurse.

Students are responsible for being professionally dressed and groomed at all times. A student may be asked to leave the clinical site if not wearing the specified uniform with the required identification. Individual healthcare agencies may have more restrictive dress codes and must be followed.


College of Nursing Mission Statement

Through a transformational Catholic, Jesuit education, Marquette University College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people through clinical practice and development of nursing knowledge.