Background Check Policies

Applicants to programs that lead to licensure must complete a disclosure statement regarding felony or misdemeanor convictions at the time of application. Applicants who have a felony conviction are ineligible for admission, and those with a misdemeanor conviction are strongly encouraged to consider whether there is a benefit from the training offered. Students on active probation will not be considered for admission until the requirements of probation have been met.  The disclosure statement will serve as a notice to the applicant regarding limitations for the University on securing clinical rotations or post-graduation employment if the applicant has a previous conviction.

If an applicant is unsure of his/her criminal background, the Admissions department will provide the applicant information on obtaining a background check, including fingerprinting (Livescan), at his/her expense.

Please Note: The University cannot provide an applicant any guarantee of how a clinical agency or licensing board will treat an arrest, conviction, dismissal, expungement , or a juvenile record (even if the record is closed) that is present on a background check or Department of Justice report.

Prior to beginning the clinical experience in a program, all admitted students must submit to a University-defined and paid for criminal background check and the results will be submitted to the University. Additional requirements may be made by the clinical site(s) to which a student is assigned. Determination regarding a student’s eligibility to attend clinical facilities will be made by the appropriate program administrator. Delays in clinical placement and/or acquiring a license due to criminal background checks results cannot be predicted by the University or the program.