Nursing students must obtain current Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check Clearances, Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and FBI Clearance in order to attend clinical experiences. These clearances are considered valid for one year from date of issue.
Students must submit original documentation of the clearances by the due date given by the Nursing Enrollment Coordinator and Advisor for the undergraduates or by the Enrollment Coordinator, Graduate Programs for those in the graduate programs.
These clearances must be renewed annually while in the nursing program, and will be kept in the student’s file in the Department of Nursing.
Students will not be permitted to attend clinical experiences until they have submitted current clearances to the Nursing Enrollment Coordinator and Advisor or the Enrollment Coordinator, Graduate Programs. Students are responsible for any costs incurred to obtain clearances.
Any falsification of submitted documents will not be tolerated and is grounds for dismissal by the Department of Nursing.
Faculty Approved: 10/2008
Procedures for Obtaining Clearances
Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check Clearance: (Act 34 Clearances)
Apply Online (*This is the preferrable way to apply)
Form and Information (To apply by mail)
Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance: (Act 33 Clearances)
Instruction Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Form (information and form to apply by mail)
Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Form (form to apply by mail)
FBI Clearance: (Act 73 clearances)
1. Go to website: Cogent Systems.com http://www.cogentsystems.com/
2. On the right hand side, click on “Applicant Fingerprinting”.
3. Select Pennsylvania.
4. Select department of Public Welfare.
5. Under “Registration”, click on “Register Online”.
6. Complete the form that pops up.
For agency, put Robert Morris University, 6001 University Blvd., Moon Township, PA 15108
7. For reason, click on Employment with a significant likelihood of regular contact with children –
8. Create an account and pay for your fingerprinting.
9. Then you must go to a print location.
The locations can be found at: https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpw.htm.
The location closest to RMU is located at:
The UPS Store #5392 1525 Park Manor Blvd Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (in Robinson Town Center)