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If they have a random policy, they can do it whenever they want. Stay away from illegal drugs If you have a prescription for a medication that may show up, you should be fine- just have the prescription in your name, current, and be willing to bring it in to show them if they ask
My school requires it be done within 10 days of the date the acceptance letter was mailed. I don't think any school is going to give you much notice... it kind of defeats the purpose if they allow you a month or so to go get tested.
Obviously it does make difference to some, otherwise they would not ask the question.
Here's the thing. With drugs like pot, it can take up to 3 months to leave your system, depending on amount/frequency of usage; uppers/narcs? Those generally clear sooner and more predictably. Booze - the general "rule" is one drink per hour clears (but it's different depending on gender and weight).
If you show up positive, you may not have to worry about school testing you for drugs. You'll be on your tail in the parking lot. Some people take the chance- and that's their right . I wouldn't risk it.
Couple of things: don't be offended by the responses you get when you join a nursing forum and your first post is about drug testing; if you have a substance abuse problem, perhaps nursing is not the career path for you; and maybe not the wisest course to put the specific school you're going to on a forum asking about drug testing. Just food for thought.
Depends on the program.
At my school it was up to us to schedule our drug test. They told us the earlier the better but nothing was written in stone. We just had to make sure it was done in time to start clinicals.