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ASU : Concerns about certified background check


Hi Everyone!

I was hoping those of you who are awaiting final approval for admission or have already been admitted for the 2014 Summer/Fall cohort to ASU can help me out with some advice about the results of the Certified Profile background check.

Here's my story:

I was very excited to find out that I had been provisionally accepted for the 2014 fall cohort and have completed all of the final steps (drug screen, background check, etc) for final approval. I do not have the results of my drug screen yet (just submitted my specimen a day ago) and am really concerned that my results will come back as either failed or too diluted. I had smoked marijuana in the past but gave it up completely so that I can become an RN. I took several at home tests that gave me mixed results (hence my concern for failing the drug test). It has been incredibly hot outside so I have been drinking gallons of water to stay hydrated and am now worried that my sample could come back as too diluted. Can anyone offer some advice from their experiences with the drug screen?

I also, unfortunately, have 2 dismissed felony drug charges for mj on my records from over 2 years ago and one misdemeanor speeding charge that I plead guilty to from last year. I completed the diversion program for the drug charges (which is how they got dismissed) but was not allowed to complete driving school to get the speeding ticket dismissed. Anyone in a similar situation?

Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.

I know that I have made mistakes in the past so please do not pass judgment on my situation.

Thank you kindly


Specializes in Addictions, Adult Psych.

No judgment here... just wondering when you quit using marijuana?

I quit using completely over a month ago (prior to that I would consider myself an occasional user ~a few times per month). Thank you for not judging me. I know the subject of recreational use is very controversial. I am obviously on the pro side of the issue but completely agree with the rules and regulations of hospitals on marijuana use - by that I mean that I do not think that anyone who is responsible for the health and safety of others should be indulging in mj (even when off the clock). That is why I quit using. It was not just to qualify for nursing school, but to be at my absolute best.

My rationale for this comes from my current position that I am leaving to enter into a career as a nurse. I have been doing drug abuse and addiction research for the past 5 years. I'm not claiming to be an expert by any means, I just have a background in the field.


Specializes in Addictions, Adult Psych.

If it's been over a month I would guess that you are in the clear... What I've read is that it's about 30 days to get out of your system if you're a heavy user. I am also on the pro side of the issue as well, but I understand that as nurses we are held to a higher standard so we should not use it. Good luck to you, I hope everything works out okay.

Thanks so much for your support! I got my results back from my first drug screen - it came back too diluted. This is not such a terrible thing since I get one more chance to retake it this coming monday. I have been testing myself at home with tests that have a much lower detection threshold… all negative :) I think I am in the clear but do not want to jinx myself. I've read numerous research articles regarding the metabolites being detectable for as long as 90 days after last use (rare occurrences of course but still possible).

Thanks again for you support. I'll keep you posted when I get my final results :)

Sorry for the late response. As you can probably tell by the fact that I was so very late in my update that I have been a busy nursing student bee. Yay!!!!

I really appreciate your support during this whole process.


Specializes in Addictions, Adult Psych.

glad to hear it worked out for you!