Background Screenings

The Joint Commission of Accreditation of Hospitals Organization (JCAHO), which accredits healthcare facilities across the country, enforced background screening September 2004 and has set requirements mandating that students in a healthcare field must now complete the same background check as hospital employees. This is necessary in order to allow students access to clinical facilities for training purposes as part of the instructional program.

A background investigation, including drug screening, must be completed prior to your acceptance into the Emergency Services Program at Barry University. Students are responsible for the cost associated with this background investigation, which is conducted by American DataBank.

The following searches are required for students attending Barry University’s EMS Program:

  • Social Security Number Verification (residential history, state and year SSN issued)
  • Criminal Search (7 years)
  • Violent Sexual Offender and Predator Registry Search
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG) List of Excluded Individuals/Entities
  • General Services Administration (GSA) List of Parties Excluded from Federal Programs
  • US Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), List of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN)
  • Previous Employment Verifications (2)
  • 10-Panel Drug Screening
  • FBI Fingerprinting

To initiate your background clearance, go to and follow the step process. All instructions and forms will be supplied to you by American DataBank. Your clearance will be sent directly to the school after your profile has been completed.

Please note that FBI fingerprinting results can take up to ten weeks to be processed. If you receive clearance from the other searches, you may be provisionally accepted into the program. If the fingerprint results subsequently indicate non-eligibility, the student may be dismissed; this decision will be made on a case by case basis. If dismissal occurs, there will be no refund.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact our office.