Compliance Requirements

New students entering in fall 2019, please wait until instructed to begin completing compliance requirements. 

As a School of Nursing and health sciences student at the University of Minnesota, you are required complete all the necessary compliance requirements. There are a variety of items that students must keep up to date and submit to remain compliant:

  • CPR Certification

  • Vaccines, Immunizations, and TB Test

  • Background Study

  • HIPAA Online Training

  • Blood Borne Pathogen Online Training

  • Nursing License - RN (for DNP and Post-Grad Certificate students)

  • Technical Standards (for BSN and MN students)

There is more detailed information below regarding each compliance component requirement, however if you have questions that are not able to be answered via this webpage, please email the Office of Student and Career Advancement Services at

CPR Certification

CPR Certification

Who: All BSN, MN, DNP (Post-Bacc and Post-Master’s) and Post-Grad Certificate Students
When: Documentation of valid certificate must be on file with the School of Nursing prior to your new student orientation date and must be updated before it expires.
CPR certification must be at the Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider level and must include an in-person component. Online certifications will not be accepted. 
Visit our Accepted CPR Certifications document to see a list of courses that will meet this requirement. Please note that a standard Adult/Child CPR or Lifeguard certification will not qualify. Courses are offered at many different locations through various organizations. We recommend the two-year certification versus the one-year certification. 

Please scan or take a photo and email your documentation/certification to

Vaccines, Immunizations (excluding Influenza Vaccine) and Annual TB Test

Vaccines, Immunizations (excluding Influenza Vaccine) and Annual TB Test

Who: All incoming BSN, MN, DNP (Post-Bacc and Post-Master’s), PhD, Post-Grad Certificate and Post-Bacc Certificate* (for immunizations); All BSN, MN, DNP (Post-Bacc and Post-Master’s), PhD, Post-Grad Certificate and Post-Bacc Certificate* (for annual TB test)
When: by August 15, to allow for adequate processing time by Boynton Health Services

Boynton Health Service maintains the immunization and TB test components of compliance for all students within the Academic Health Center (AHC). For more information on those requirements, please visit Boynton’s Academic Health Center Information page.

You must follow the steps below to submit the appropriate documentation acknowledging you have received the following:

  • Varicella

  • Hepatitis B series

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)

Additionally if you are a BSN, MN, DNP (Post-Bacc and Post-Master’s), Post-Grad Certificate, or HCDI Certificate student, you must complete the following test annually:

Tuberculin Skin test (TST) - 2-step test required. Annual TB test is completed after the second step.

Step 1: Read the AHC Student Immunization Requirements

Step 2: Download the AHC Student Immunization Form

Step 3: Have this form completed and signed by your healthcare provider.

Step 4: Scan and email (, Fax (612-626-9768), or mail/drop off (AHC Immunization Tracking Service, ℅ Boynton Health Service, 410 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455) the completed and signed form to Boynton Health Services.

For questions about your immunization requirements, please reach out to Boynton Health Service via email at or call 612-626-5571.

Influenza Vaccine

Influenza Vaccine

Who: All BSN, MN, DNP (Post-Bacc and Post-Master’s), PhD, Post-Grad Certificate and Post-Bacc Certificate
When: Due in mid-November annually

It is required that all School of Nursing students, regardless of the degree/certificate program, to obtain the influenza vaccine every year. You can receive your vaccine from either a Boynton Flu Shot Clinic or from a local flu shot provider/healthcare provider. Documentation that you have received this vaccine must be submitted via upload to REDCap Survey.  The Office of Student and Career Advancement Services (OSCAS) will not accept paper copies or emails at this time. 

If the link above does not work, try copying the link below into your web browser: 

PLEASE NOTE: Some clinical/practicum sites will require students to receive the influenza vaccine prior to our mid-November deadline. If you will be assigned to one of these sites, you will receive special communication about this requirement from the School of Nursing. Please make sure you adhere to the clinical/practicum site deadlines.

Background Study

Background Study

All incoming students are required to complete a background study process including both fingerprints and ID verification. To get started, follow the directions below:

1. Complete the Release of Information Authorization form

2. Initiate the Background Study

Program: Background Check - TC Nursing | Provider Number: UN4V7R

3. Photo ID Verification

  • After initiating the Background Study, send a scanned copy of your photo ID to the Office of Student and Career Advancement Services (
  • Only send ID when ready to complete the next step within 14 days 

4. Fingerprinting and Photograph



You must be in or in close proximity to Minnesota to complete the fingerprinting and photo requirement. You need to complete this step at a Minnesota fingerprinting location. If you will not be in Minnesota or near a Minnesota fingerprinting location until August or September, please follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Complete the Release of Information Authorization form

Step 2: Complete the Out of State Student Background Study Form and specify when you will be in Minnesota.

  • Please have a photo or scan of your government issued photo ID ready to upload in this form.

Step 3: Initiate the Background Study

Program: Background Check - TC Nursing | Provider Number: UN4V7R

Step 4: Fingerprinting and Photograph

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email

HIPAA and BBP Online Training

HIPAA and BBP Online Training

Who: All BSN, MN, DNP (Post-Bacc and Post-Master’s), PhD, Post-Grad Certificate and Post-Bacc Certificate
When: HIPAA must be completed once prior to student's orientation (beginning of fall semester). BBP must be completed annually.

You will receive an email prompt to complete both the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability) and BBP (Blood Borne Pathogen) Online Training. Please do not start the online training until you have received the email prompt otherwise it may not be recorded accurately.

Nursing License - RN (for DNP and Post-Grad Certificate students)

Nursing License - RN (for DNP and Post-Grad Certificate students)

Who: DNP (Post-Bacc and Post-Master’s) and Post-Grad Certificate Students
When: Now and any time license is renewed

All DNP and Post-Grad Certificate students are required to maintain licensure throughout the duration of their program. Please submit your licensure information for our records to ensure that you are compliant.

In the future, if your license is soon to expire, you will receive a reminder email from the School of Nursing to submit your renewed license information to remain in compliance. If at any time during the program you renew your license, you are required to inform the School of Nursing by email at


Technical Standards (for BSN and MN students)

Technical Standards (for BSN and MN students)

Who: All BSN and MN students
When: Prior to your new student orientation date.

Students completing a pre-licensure degree (BSN or MN) are prepared, and upon licensure, allowed to provide nursing care to individuals, families, communities, and populations that is within the scope of Registered Nurse practice under state law. You will acquire didactic knowledge as a well as learn skills and attitudes essential to the practice of professional nursing. Technical standards are a necessary component to the complex discipline of nursing, which all students must meet with or without reasonable accommodations. Students wishing to enter the University of Minnesota School of Nursing programs must demonstrate that they can meet these technical standards and continue to do so throughout their education program. You are required to have both cognitive and technical abilities to navigate the nursing curriculum. You are also required to direct or perform treatment on patients of the School's practicum/clinical affiliated sites. The School has the responsibility of insuring the safety of the patients, which includes the completion of safe and timely treatment. To that end, you must be able to meet the School of Nursing Minimum Technical Standards for Admissions and Matriculation with or without reasonable accommodations.

If you have questions regarding potential reasonable accommodations, please contact the Disability Resource Center at 612-626-1333 or

Please thoroughly read the School of Nursing's Technical Standards to determine if you are able to meet them with or without reasonable accommodations.

Technical Standards Form is available via your New Student Checklist (Canvas site).

You can send the information by fax, scan/email, or mail to:

School of Nursing
Office of Student & Career Advancement Services (OSCAS)
5-160 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street, SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

(fax) 612.625.7727

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know if I need to update any of my compliance requirements?
  • You will receive a 60-day and 30-day notice from the School of Nursing ( or from Boynton Health Service if a compliance requirement is about to expire.
What if I don't complete one of the requirements by the deadline?
  • It’s extremely important that you fulfill a requirement prior to its expiration. Expiration of compliance items can result in University account registration holds or removal from a practicum/clinical location. Removal from a practicum/clinical location may result in a lowered grade.
I'm not in a clinical/practicum rotation or in a degree that requires clinical/practicum rotations. Do I still need to receive an influenza vaccine?
  • Yes. It is the policy of the School of Nursing and Academic Health Center that all students receive an influenza vaccine. Additionally, it's beneficial to your individual health.
I missed the 14-day window to complete my fingerprints and photo for the Background Study. What should I do?
  • Contact the Office of Student and Career Advancement Services at immediately. You will need to restart your background study and the expense of the background study ($20.00), fingerprints and photo ($9.10) will be your responsibility.
Why are there compliance requirements/policy?

According to the School of Nursing Student Compliance Policy: "This policy exists to provide for and ensure that 1. Alignment with provisions in the clinical agency affiliation agreements related to student requirements. Upon request of an affiliate facility, the School of Nursing must provide evidence of student compliance with the requirements; 2. The safety of patients and School of Nursing students, faculty and staff; 3. Compliance with CCNE accreditation standards; 4. Compliance with state regulations."