Passing a criminal background check and drug screen is a requirement of matriculation into the PA Program since infractions may affect a student’s ability to be placed in clinical sites and/or a graduate’s ability to practice after graduation. The health systems in which PA students complete pre-clinical experiences (in the Didactic phase) and clinical rotations (in the Clinical phase) require a negative drug screen. A positive drug screen would preclude a student from being allowed to engage in patient experiences in the affiliated health systems. Please note that marijuana use for any reason, including for medical purposes, will cause a positive result and jeopardize a student’s ability to participate in clinical experiences. Didactic and clinical patient experiences are required components in the PA curriculum and are directly related to a student’s ability to meet expected learning outcomes and graduate from the Program.
Once accepted into the PA Program, students are required to pay for and submit results of these requirements through the university’s third-party provider. If a student’s background check or drug screening reveals a positive result, the matter will be brought before the PA Program Admissions Committee for review. Depending upon a background check infraction or a positive drug screen, the student’s acceptance may be rescinded and the student not permitted to matriculate.
Following matriculation, additional background checks and/or drug screenings may be required by the university or its clinical sites. Students are responsible for any costs associated with these required clearances.
The university will not be held liable for the withdrawal of an acceptance, non-matriculation, dismissal, inability to complete clinical requirements, delayed graduation, failure to graduate and/or ability to obtain a state license or to practice due to infractions revealed on background checks or drug screening requirements. Please also refer to the University’s Student Background Check Policy