The Background Policy and Instructions 

Newly admitted and returning Nursing students are required to complete a National and Washington State background check upon admission, and current Nursing students are required to complete a Washington State-only background check annually if their initial background check expires while in the program (every background check completed is good for one calendar year). 

A private national records verification agency is chosen by the School to run the background check, to date we use CastleBranch. Background checks from other vendors, or that were completed for other schools through CastleBranch, are not acceptable. 

Completing the background check

Your background check should be run according to the table below after you have received an offer of admission to your Nursing program. Do not run the check before you have been officially notified that you have been admitted to the School.

Quarter of Admission Time Range to Complete Background Check
Summer Quarter Entry June 1st-June 15th 
Autumn Quarter Entry September 3rd-September 17th
Winter Quarter Entry December 3rd-December 28th 
Ordering your background check
  1. Go to our online vendor CastleBranch's dedicated portal for UW Bothell students:
  2. Select your program level (RN-BSN or MN) from the drop down menu.
  3. New incoming Nursing students choose the “Background Check” option.
  4. Current students running a renewal choose the “WA Statewide - Returning Students” option. 
  5. Follow the directions on CastleBranch's site to pay the required fee and submit your order.
  • The initial National and Washington State check costs $54.00 and should only be run once while in the program (students who leave the program and are required to re-apply must purchase the National and State check again once re-admitted). 
  • The Washington State-only check costs $17.00 each time it is run (annually after the initial check expires). 
Important notes
  • The UW Bothell School of Nursing and Health Studies will have online access to your completed background check. If your background check raises concerns related to your participation in a nursing program, you will be contacted by a School representative.
  • Submit the necessary information to in a timely manner so that your check can be reviewed. Without it, your offer of admittance will be withdrawn.
  • All students must pay the required fee for this service, waivers are not available.
  • Registration holds are placed on student's accounts who do not comply with this requirement.
Technical support

For problems with the website and/or payment issues, please contact CastleBranch customer service at 888-723-4263 or

General support

Please contact the School's Health and Safety Coordinator at or 425-352-5376.


Contact the Health and Safety Coordinator: 425-352-5376 or