Jefferson School of Nursing
Background Screening for Returning
Jefferson School of Nursing Students
As a returning matriculated student to Jefferson School of Nursing, please note that American DataBank background screening requirements must be completed annually. The background screening requirements must be completed by all students. It is critical that you initiate the process in a timely manner as some of the clearances take 8-12 weeks to be processed and posted to the American Databank website. For example, Traditional Undergraduate students should begin the process in April so that all clearances are processed and posted to the American DataBank website by the Fall semester in September. For Graduate and RN-BSN students, if you completed the package in August 2012, it must be completed again in August 2013. If the student fails to comply with the mandatory annual background screening requirements, then the student will not be allowed to progress with their plan of study.
Please visit the American DataBank website at: https://jefferson.applicantcompliance.com/
to start the process. Choose Package 1. If you are unsure of the date of your last American DataBank clearances, contact them at 1-800-200-0853.
In addition to the instruction posted on the American DataBank website, please follow the directions outlined below for the PA Child Abuse clearance and Fingerprints:
Pennsylvania Child Abuse
The PA Child Abuse form is a separate application form and fee. The PA Child Abuse form must be downloaded from the American DataBank website, completed by you and mailed to Harrisburg, PA. The results are sent back to you. After receiving your result from Harrisburg, take a digital copy (camera, smartphone, iPad) and email the digital copy to the American DataBank. The email address is: email@example.com
If you are unable to make a digital copy, then make a photo copy of the results and fax the photo copy to the American DataBank at: 303-531-2055. DO NOT FAX the ORIGINAL. FAX ONLY the PHOTO COPY.
Some students have difficulty with the clarity of their fingerprints. The American DataBank suggests that prior to having your fingerprints done you should:
- Wash your hands less frequently for 2-3 days before having your prints rolled.
- Apply hand lotion before having the prints rolled.
- Ask the official rolling your prints to spray a ridge building or softening agent on your finger pads before they begin rolling your prints.
- Fingerprinting can be done at a local police station or any security company that offers fingerprint rolling services.
- If you need to repeat your fingerprints due to poor quality, consider going to a different location than where you had your first set of fingerprints done.
- You can have electronic (Live Scan) prints taken and then have the fingerprint images printed on a card and send the card to the American DataBank. The advantage to this method is that the Live Scan machine will immediately alert the official taking the prints if the prints are legible; if not legible, the official can re-roll the prints until viable prints are obtained.
- If your fingerprints have been rejected for poor quality twice, please contact the Associate Dean of your program to determine what further steps need to be taken.
Remember, initiate the process according to the established timeframes and if you have questions, contact the Associate Dean of your program.
Ann Phalen, PhD, Associate Dean, Undergraduate programs
Ksenia Zukowsky, PhD, Associate Dean, Graduate programs
Individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies. Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites may require a criminal background check and/or child abuse check in order to permit participation in the clinical experience, rotation or fieldwork. Participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation. Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites may deny a student's participation in the clinical experience, rotation or fieldwork because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction, failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance, which would result in delayed graduation or in the inability to graduate from the program.