Graduate Students

If you are a current graduate student, this page is just for you. Explore the information and resources available below to help you make the most of your time in the VCU School of Nursing.

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Student Emergency Fund

Students with unforeseen financial emergencies that prevent them from continuing pursuing their degree may be eligible to receive financial support from the School of Nursing Student Emergency Fund. If you are a current student and experience an unexpected, unforeseen, and unavoidable emergency expense related to an accident, illness, death of a family member, fire damage, or need for temporary housing, contact Lindsay F. Tierney, Ed.D., student success coach, at for additional information.

Background Check and Drug Screen

All VCU School of Nursing students are required to complete a criminal background check and drug screen prior to the start of clinical coursework. In the term prior to your first clinical placement, you will receive detailed information from the clinical placement specialist explaining how and when to accomplish these tasks using our vendor, Castlebranch. Contact Christy Cheesman, clinical placement specialist, at with questions.