Background Checks, Drug Screens, and Health Records
Clinical Program/Practicum Students
Welcome to Mercy College of Ohio!
Please bookmark this page to help you locate important information needed for your journey as a Mercy College clinical/practicum student. Here you will find answers to your questions regarding your background check, fingerprinting, drug test and health records, as well as other helpful information.
Step #1: Familiarize Yourself with the Requirements
Once you have been officially accepted into a clinical program (or a practicum with health records and background check requirements):
- Review the information regarding prerequisites that must be completed prior to participation in the clinical/practicum.
- Begin collecting your medical records to determine what must be completed (review the Basic Requirements Information below).
- Documentation for health records includes various vaccination requirements. Students unable to receive vaccinations due to temporary or permanent circumstances may contact email@example.com to request an extension or waiver; however, these requests are not automatic, require additional documentation, and should be requested a minimum of two weeks prior to the due date to allow time for processing. If a clinical site that will accept the exemption/waiver request cannot be found, student will not be able to complete the course – and may not be able to continue in the program. Waiver forms are subject to acceptance/denial each semester.
- Schedule an appointment with your physician if you have not had a physical within the past twelve months. The Mercy College Physical form is provided for your convenience but does not need to be used if a valid physical has already been completed within the acceptable timeframe.
- Print the Student Checklist to help you stay organized.
- Review the Program Codes and Deadlines for the appropriate Academic Year to locate your program code and deadline and write it on your checklist. Make sure you choose the correct location (Toledo or Youngstown) and the correct package code for the program and semester you are starting. BSN Pre-licensure students order the appropriate package PRIOR to the semester clinicals begin (i.e., students beginning clinicals FA-20 will order a SP-20 CastleBranch package).
Step #2: Place the CastleBranch Order
Use the custom ordering portal (see link below) to place an order with CastleBranch. This online account will be the depository for your clinical documentation, and the CastleBranch reviewers will ensure that the information you have provided meets your program's requirements.
Answers to frequently asked questions about placing your order can be found here: https://mycb.castlebranch.com/help.
- You will need your EMPOWER Student ID number when placing your order.
- Be prepared with a credit card/payment method to pay CastleBranch (payment includes associated fees for fingerprinting/background check and/or drug test if they are included in your package).
- Place your CastleBranch order prior to scheduling fingerprinting or the drug test, as the forms/instructions in your CastleBranch account must be followed. We cannot accept results from other parties.
- Students complete FBI and OHIO fingerprinting (as most of our clinical sites are in Ohio). This can vary for some online programs whose clinical/practicum sites have different requirements; if this is applicable, separate instructions will be sent by the Clinical Compliance Coordinator). Michigan fingerprints are not accepted – fingerprints must be scanned at an Ohio location offering Live Scan electronic fingerprinting.
- Youngstown students utilizing the Fast Fingerprints mobile unit at orientation:CastleBranch package should be ordered at the time fingerprints are scanned, or results may be returned without being associated to your account.
- Fingerprint results can take a month or longer to be returned. If it has been a month since your prints were scanned and results have not yet been posted, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your full name, Student ID, which program you are in, and the date your prints were scanned.
- FOR CURRENT STUDENTS who already have a CastleBranch account: some agencies may require current fingerprinting and drug test results from students prior to clinical placement at that site. If updated results are required, students will be notified by a program administrator that an updated fingerprint/drug test package must be ordered. These special package codes are designated with “fpdt” - for instance, MW05fpdt is the fingerprint/drug test package code for the Youngstown ASN Evening and Weekend program.
- Go to the custom ordering portal to proceed.
Step #3 Complete the Components of your CastleBranch Account
In addition to the detailed documents available under the Basic Requirements Information section below, your CastleBranch account includes a comprehensive video library of frequently asked help topics (from your CastleBranch account, click on “Need Help?” and select Video FAQ).
There are four components of your CastleBranch account - all must remain compliant while you are in the clinical program/practicum to maintain eligibility for clinical participation.
- Clinical health records (the documents you must provide for CastleBranch to review)
- Drug test (results will be automatically uploaded to your account after you submit for the test and it is processed)
- Fingerprinting (normal processing time is a month; results are sometimes returned sooner) The fingerprint reports will be uploaded to your account when received. It is imperative that you schedule your fingerprinting in a timely manner to allow for adequate processing time. In your CastleBranch account:
- Mark that you’ve downloaded the fingerprint registration form
- Enter the date your fingerprints were scanned
- Background check (this report will process automatically after you place your order; it will be uploaded to your account when complete)
- There are multiple options for completing vaccinations/titers, etc. (refer to Resources for Obtaining Health Requirements in the FAQs and Tips section below). Currently, some physician offices and other locations are experiencing shortages of the TB skin test. If you need the initial TB 2-step, TB renewal, or TB blood test, make sure you confirm availability and schedule in advance, so you remain compliant in CastleBranch.
- The most reliable way to provide your documents to CastleBranch is by uploading PDF files (photos become blurry). Please see Uploading Documents to CastleBranch in the FAQs and Tips section below.
- Allow a minimum of two weeks for documents to be reviewed and processed by CastleBranch. The Clinical Coordinator for the student’s program must approve requests for expedited processing and will forward requests to the Clinical Compliance Coordinator. Documents uploaded to CastleBranch within one week or less of the deadline are not eligible for expedited processing (exceptions can be granted in such instances of a second or third vaccine of a series that is in process and cannot be completed early, etc.).
- To verify your eligibility to attend clinicals, your professor may ask you to provide a To-Do List (TDL) Summary. Please review Printing the CastleBranch To-Do List (TDL) Summary and Uploading Clinical Verification to Canvas - TDL Summary under the FAQs and Tips section below.
- “Compliant” is a temporary status; you may still have additional vaccines to complete if you are in a series, and some requirements (BLS/CPR certification, TB, influenza, etc.) are subject to renewal. If your professor indicates that you are not complete for the semester, you likely have one or more items which will become due during the semester. The TDL Summary will be updated each time you submit new documentation and the “Compliant Until” date will update to the next requirement due date.
- You will receive email reminders from CastleBranch before renewal items are due. The space to upload renewal documents appears 21 days before the current document expires.
Students who return/are readmitted to a clinical program after an absence follow Policy 530 Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen to determine what steps must be taken to ensure compliance prior to clinical placement. Please refer to Students Returning to Clinicals under the FAQs and Tips section below.
If you need further assistance after reviewing these materials, please send your questions to email@example.com. Include your full name, your EMPOWER Student ID, and the program in which you are enrolled.
Document .pdfStudent Checklist
Complete this checklist of general requirements for all clinical studentsDownload
Document .pdfCastleBranch Codes and Program Deadlines
A list of programs and their corresponding codes and deadlines in CastleBranchDownload
Document .pdfHealth Requirements Overview by Program
Clinical health records and requirements for students per programDownload
Basic Requirements Information
Document .pdfBackground Check and Fingerprinting
Requirements for fingerprinting and background checks for clinical studentsDownload
Document .pdfDrug Test Requirement
Information on completing the drug test requirements for clinicals.Download
Document .pdfHealthcare Provider BLS
Health records requirements per the American Heart Association for healthcare provider Basic Life Support (BLS)Download
Document .pdfHepatitis B
Documentation information for Hepatitis B health records requirementsDownload
Documentation information for proof of influenza vaccinationDownload
Health records documentation information for MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella) vaccinationDownload
Document .pdfTDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis)
Documentation information for TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) vaccination requirementsDownload
Document .pdfTuberculosis (TB)
Documentation information for tuberculosis requirementsDownload
Documentation information for varicella (chickenpox) vaccination requirementsDownload
Additional Program Specific Requirements
Document .pdfHeartsaver Certification - Community Health Worker Students Only
Heartsaver CPR AED Requirements for Community Health Worker Students OnlyDownload
Document .pdfProfessional Licensure - Medical Imaging Students Only
Health records requirements and professional licensure verification for Medical Imaging studentsDownload
Document .pdfState RAD Licensure - Medical Imaging Students Only
Health records requirements for current state radiologic licensure for medical imaging studentsDownload
Document .pdfState RN Licensure - Master of Science in Nursing Students Only
Health records requirements for current state RN licensure, relative to the Master of Science in Nursing programDownload
Document .pdfHealth Survey
Health survey to be completed by current studentsDownload
Document .pdfPhysical Examination
This physical examination form must be filled out by Physician or Primary Care Practitioner (PCP)Download
Document .pdfTuberculosis (TB) Symptoms Review
This document is a TB checklist only for use with Chest X-ray reportDownload
Document .pdfTuberculosis (TB) 2-step and TB Renewal
Complete this form for two-step and one-step TB vaccination renewalDownload
Document .pdfStudent Acknowledgement
The health programs at Mercy College of Ohio require you to complete 530-B Student Acknowledgment.Download
Document .pdfStudent Consent
Complete this form to consent to the release of criminal background check and drug screen results relevant to the program requirementsDownload
Document .pdfStudent Disclosure
Students of the Mercy College of Ohio health programs are required to disclose any convictions, charges, and/or probation/diversion.Download
FAQs and Tips
Document .pdfAutomatic Bars for Obtaining Nursing License Ohio Board of Nursing (PDF)
A list of automatic bars for obtaining a nursing license in Ohio, relative to criminal backgroundDownload
Document .pdfCastlebranch Help
A summary of multiple ways for students to receive assistance answering questions about Castlebranch health and background check requirementsDownload
Document .pdfCastleBranch Package Prices
A list of pricing for CastleBranch services, including fingerprinting, drug screens, and background checksDownload
Document .pdfPrinting the CastleBranch To-Do List (TDL) Summary
Step-by-step instructions for printing a To-Do list on CastleBranchDownload
Document .pdfResources for Obtaining Health Requirements
Tips on Where to go for Physical, TB Test, Titers and VaccinationsDownload
Document .pdfStudents Returning to Clinicals
Expectations, requirements, and instructions for students returning to clinicalsDownload
Document .pdfUploading Documents to CastleBranch
Instructions on how to upload documents to CastleBranchDownload
Document .pdfUploading Clinical Verification to Canvas - TDL Summary
Instructions on how to upload To-Do List (TDL) Summary to Canvas for clinical verificationDownload
Document .pdfInstructions for Scanning to USB from MFD - Mercy College Toledo
Toledo campus document with photos and instructions for how to scan to a USBDownload
Document .pdfVaccine Extensions or Waivers
Information regarding vaccination due date extensions and waiversDownload