BSN Nursing Student Requirements

Nursing students are required throughout the RN to BSN program to be current in essential vaccinations, and to maintain certifications and liability insurance to protect themselves and clients in their care, and to meet clinical site requirements. After admission, students will receive directions via email to purchase an initial bundle package through Complio, the University of Memphis health data management partner site. Documents must be maintained and updated as needed through Complio.

Immunizations and Required Documents

  1. The following nursing documents are required for all BSN students:

    • Criminal Background Check - completed prior to beginning program and annually thereafter.
      Authorization for Release of Student Information and Acknowledgement
    • Health Examination form completed by a licensed health care provider showing proof of immunizations.
      • Immunizations include:
        • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis: A current Tdap vaccination within past 5 years
        • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): Evidence of 2 doses of MMR, 4 weeks apart or documentation of positive titers
        • Hepatitis B (Heptavax): Three dose series or titer showing immunity
        • Varicella (chickenpox): Evidence of a positive varicella titer (date and result) or verification of vaccine series (two). If titer is negative or equivalent, documentation of two varicella vaccines given no less than 4-8 eight weeks apart are required.
        • PPD (TB skin test): An annual negative PPD test for tuberculosis, a statement from a health care provider attesting to a negative tuberculosis status or a negative chest x-ray every two years.
        • Influenza vaccine: 1 dose of influenza vaccine annually (complete and provide documentation Sept-Dec) or physician documentation of allergy to chicken, eggs or feathers.
        • COVID-19 Vaccine: Students are required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and must submit copies of their COVID vaccine card prior to the start of their first term. 

    All students are required to be vaccinated for the listed vaccines based on the latest CDC guidelines. However, should a student have a documented medical allergy/immune condition preventing vaccination or religious belief against vaccination, a waiver for some vaccines may be granted on an individual basis.  Documentation of the need for this type of waiver should be done by contacting the LCON Academic Services Coordinator or Clinical Placement Coordinator and completing the LCON Vaccine Waiver Form. Approval is not automatically granted, and a decision will be provided after the Director for Clinical Affairs reviews each waiver request.

    Students should be aware, that various clinical partners where students complete clinical experiences have requirements for vaccination that may not accommodate a waiver, and should alternate clinical activities/sites not be available, the student may not be able to meet course outcomes which would affect the ability to successfully finish coursework or the nursing degree.

    • CPR Certification - Complete "Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider" certification as offered through the American Heart Association (AHA).  Online CPR certification or re-certification is not accepted.  Please note that ONLY AHA certification is accepted.
    • Urine Drug Screen - All students are required to submit results of a 10-panel drug screen at the start of the program and within 30 days before each semester of clinical courses. Due dates are announced each semester by the clinical placement coordinator.
    • Malpractice Insurance - All nursing students are required to have current malpractice insurance throughout the program.  BSN students are charged for insurance upon admission and every spring.  RN-BSN students with personal professional malpractice insurance may submit a current insurance certificate as proof of coverage (professional liability limits at $1MM/$5MM). Otherwise, the LCON will charge RN students for professional student malpractice insurance annually through the U of M Bursar's Office; please note that this insurance only covers practice in the academic clinical setting.
    • Health Insurance - Students are highly encouraged to have medical insurance to cover any injuries/illnesses while in the program.

    You are responsible for the costs associated with compliance requirements. 

    For information on the next steps regarding health clearance requirements contact Brenda Fortney, Undergraduate Clinical Placement Coordinator, at bfortney@memphis.edu or 901-678-2456.

Please keep copies of your required nursing data for your records. Updated Nursing Data can be emailed to bsn@memphis.edu.