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What is a background check and why do I have to have one?

A background check is a comprehensive report about your background that is designed in part to determine whether an individual has a criminal history. In 2005, the College of Health Sciences instituted a college-wide policy stating that any student applying for admission to any of the college’s programs would need to provide at least one background check. This policy was created in response to many educational and clinical settings that require a background check for individuals who intern or work at their facilities. You may be required to obtain more than one background check as you progress through your education. In addition, this is preparation for what you will face as a professional, since background checks are a normal part of life as a health care provider, allied health professional, or a professional in human services. Please consult your program for specific information, and do not be surprised if asked to do a drug screening, as well. When your program asks you to complete a background check, click on the image on this page to get started.


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