Board to begin requiring Criminal Background Checks ("CBCs") for licensure
By January 1, 2018, all Minnesota Health-Related Licensing boards are required to conduct a criminal background check prior to issuing a license. The public expects the boards to provide assurance that health care providers are safe, ethical and competent. One step in this process is to review an applicant's criminal history using fingerprint-based state and federal CBCs. The criminal history report is one means to determine whether an applicant is safe to practice.
The Board of Nursing will roll-out this requirement incrementally, beginning with applicants for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. All APRN applications received on or after September 1, 2017 will require a CBC. This requirement will be added for applicants for an RN or LPN license by examination or endorsement and reregistration later in Fall 2017. Registration renewal will not require a CBC.
Applicants should allow extra time to complete the licensure process. It may take up to three weeks for the Board to receive the results of the CBC.
/boards/assets/CBC_FAQ_tcm21-307613.pdfFrequently asked questions regarding Criminal Background Checks ("CBCs")