Clinical Lab Requirements

Health Requirements and Criminal Background Checks

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 certifiedbackground.com 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 certifiedbackground.com.

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 certifiedbackground.com 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 certifiedbackground.com. Any health information required by the University must be submitted separately to the Marquette University Medical Clinic.

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 certifiedbackground.com.  If clinical time is missed due to missing health requirements, students’ progression may be affected. 

Dress Code

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.

  • Students will wear one of the white shirt options purchased from the Uniform Shop, which has the Marquette University logo embroidered on left side.
  • Skirts are of sufficient length to allow for sitting, bending, and reaching without compromising the student's professional image.
  • The specified style of pants will be clean. Jeans, jogging pants, sweat pants, stirrup pants, and shorts are not acceptable.
  • Shoes are clean. White shoes are required; they are plain, leather or leather types without stripes or logos. High top tennis shoes and sandals are not acceptable.
  • Appropriate socks are white, undecorated, and worn inside the pant leg. Neutral hose are to be worn with the skirt and may be worn with the pants. When navy pants are worn, navy socks are appropriate.
  • In settings where the uniform is not required, the student follows the guidelines for appearance of the agency.
  • Hairstyles longer than the collar or elaborate (with or without decoration) can contribute to a compromised environment. Long hair that is pinned up off the collar will help promote an aseptic environment.
  • Facial hair is well groomed and thus not a threat to the safety of the student, client, or environment.
  • Make-up reflects an image of a professional nurse.
  • Nails that are longer than the tip of the finger are a potential reservoir for microorganism and injury to the client. Long nails can interfere with wearing gloves when required.
  • Acceptable jewelry is limited to wedding rings and small, secure earrings. All facial piercings are prohibited. Necklaces, chains, bracelets, decorative earrings and any other types of jewelry have the potential to injure oneself and clients, and are not acceptable. Rings with stones and protrusions can tear gloves worn as part of OSHA requirements.
  • All tattoos must be covered.
  • Body hygiene, including the use of deodorant and the absence of strong perfumes and aftershave, is important during contact with clients.
  • At all times during clinical practicum the student will wear a name pin or badge identifying himself/herself as a student nurse at Marquette University College of Nursing. All blouses, shirts, jackets, sweaters, and lab coats will be of the required style and have a designated patch affixed to the left sleeve just below the shoulder.