The Background Check Overview

Newly admitted and returning students are required to complete a National and Washington State (WATCH) background check upon admission, and current students are required to complete a WATCH annually if their initial background check expires while in the program. 

A private national records verification agency is chosen by the School to run the background check. To date we use CastleBranch

Completing the background check

You will be advised when to run your background check. Do not run the check before you have been officially notified that you have been admitted to the School.

Ordering your background check
  1. Go to our online vendor CastleBranch's exclusive 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.”
  5. Follow the remaining directions to submit your order.
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 Without it, your offer of admittance will be withdrawn.
  • Background checks that show evidence of a positive criminal history are considered on a case-by-case basis. For examples of offenses that would result in ineligibility, see the Department of Social and Health Services Secretary’s list of Crimes and Negative Actions.
  • All students pay a $54.00 fee for this service, waivers are not available.
  • Registration holds are placed on students who do not comply with 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