Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Graduate Clinical Requirements

‌‌Loyola University Chicago and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON) are committed to fostering a safe learning environment and protecting the health and well-being of students and patients.  All MSN, Post-MSN, DNP, and PhD nursing students are required to submit documentation of health and additional requirements prior to being assigned a clinical placement.  These requirements are based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for healthcare providers and the health agencies’ policies as well as part of the individual Clinical Affiliation Agreements between Loyola University and our clinical facilities.

Examples of Required Documents

Health and safety requirements are subject to immediate change in order to maintain compliance with state and federal requirements, Center for Disease Control requirements and standards of practice.
  • Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Hepatitis B
  • TB Screening
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (Tdap)
  • CPR Certification
  • Physical Examination
  • Health Insurance
  • Influenza
  • Professional License
  • HIPPA Certification
  • OSHA Certification
  • Criminal Background Check and Urine Drug Screen*†
*Available through Castlebranch or you may submit one from an outside agency.  Please be aware the results of your background check and/ or drug screen may impact our ability to place you in a clinical setting.
†Some clinical sites require updated background checks and/or drug screens. More information would be provided once a clinical site is determined.



To collect the required documents students will need to create a CastleBranch account.  CastleBranch is a platform that allows students to submit documentation to meet clinical requirements online.  CastleBranch will monitor and review documents and inform students of any discrepancies with program's requirements as well as monitor any documents that may need to be renewed.  There is a one-time fee of $35 to set up the CastleBranch document tracker.  Access to the information and documents uploaded are available to the student for life in their document center and can continued to be accessed even after the student leaves Loyola University.

Please click CastleBranch Graduate Guide to download more information on creating your account, clinical requirements, and other helpful information.  You can also view the below quick video tutorial that will walk you through the order process.