The Background Check Overview

Newly admitted admitted and returning students are required to complete a National and Washington State (WATCH) background check upon admission and current students are required to run the WATCH annually.

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 you 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 of CastleBranch
  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 “Recheck Background Check”
  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 Without it, your offer of admittance will be withdrawn.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 1-888-914-7279 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