Legal Requirements

Criminal Background Check

Felony and some misdemeanor convictions will prevent you from completing program requirements and taking licensure, certification, and registry examinations, thus affecting your employment options.

Federal and state laws require a criminal background check with fingerprint of those assigned to long-term care facilities, psychiatric agencies, nursing homes, and homes for the aged. When assigned to such a facility, you must permit GRCC to perform a criminal check and to release the findings to the facility. 

Should a student who has passed the fingerprinting/background check be involved in any illegal or criminal situation that may affect their previously submitted background check, that student must notify the Nursing Program Director immediately. Under such circumstances, a student may be required to stop out of the program until a resolution is reached. Please be aware that, for legal reasons, some incidents may prohibit the student from completing the clinical requirements of the Nursing Program or prevent them from sitting for the State Board Licensure Examination (NCLEX). 

For additional information: Health Programs Background Check Information.

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification

Nursing students must have a current (not expired) CPR certification prior to beginning clinical nursing courses and throughout the duration of their enrollment in the nursing programs. Renewal requirements vary with different organizations. If CPR certification is NOT current, the student will NOT be allowed to continue and will be dropped from the course(s) immediately.

Evidence of current CPR certification must be presented to each clinical instructor on the first day of each clinical course, every semester until graduation.

Following are the acceptable CPR courses:

  • American Heart Association: BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • American Red Cross: CPR / AED for the Professional Rescuer, or BLS for Healthcare Providers

On-line courses are not acceptable unless they include a skills demonstration with a certified instructor.

Immunization Requirements

Nursing programs require students to have up to date vaccinations.  Contact the Nursing Department if you have questions: nursingprograms@grcc.edu, (616) 234-4238.

Immunization Requirements