BSN Nursing Student Requirements

All BSN Nursing Students are required to meet core performance standards throughout the program. Students must also be current in essential vaccinations, and maintain certifications and liability insurance to protect themselves and clients in their care, and to meet clinical site requirements.

Core Performance Standards

  • Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.
  • Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  • Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.
  • Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small places.
  • Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
  • Auditory ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.
  • Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.
  • Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.

Required Nursing Data Documents

After admission, students will receive directions via email to purchase an initial bundle package on the University of Memphis health data management partner site. This site will be used to upload health documents and purchase the background check and any needed screening for the program.

  1. Criminal Background Check- completed prior to beginning program and annually thereafter.
  2. Authorization for Release of Student Information and Acknowledgement.
  3. Health Examination forms with proof of immunizations.
    • Health Examination Form completed by a licensed health care provider.
    • 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 is required.
    • PPD (TB skin test): An annual negative PPD test for tuberculosis, 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. Evidence of 2 doses of the Pfizer, Moderna or Norovax vaccine, or 1 dose of the Janssen must be shown on the COVID vaccine card.
  4. 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 ONLY AHA certification is accepted.
  5. Urine Drug Screen: All students are required to submit results of a 10-panel drug screen within 30 days of the start of each term. Due dates are announced each semester by the clinical placement coordinator.
  6. 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 who have 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.
  7. Health Insurance: Students are highly encouraged to have medical insurance to cover any injuries/illnesses while in the program.