Background Check

Screening and Documentation Requirements

Due to various federal and state mandates concerning protection of vulnerable patient populations, Homeland Security requirements and anti-fraud initiatives by Medicare and Medicaid, students enrolled in clinical training programs across the nation face a number of fairly intrusive and costly screening and documentation requirements.

Students matriculating into the PA Program will undergo a number of screening and documentation requirements. It is expected that this number will continue to increase beyond the present time. Among the various screening requirements are criminal background check(s) and random drug tests. The costs for these screens are borne by the student.

Criminal Background Check

Upon provisional acceptance to the program and annually, thereafter, all students whose education and training will involve participation in clinical settings are required to undergo a criminal background check. Students are responsible for all expenses related to meeting student health requirements and background documentation.

Applicants who answer "no" to questions relating to criminal background in their CASPA application, who are later provisionally accepted and are found to have a positive criminal background check, are likely to be dismissed from the program on the basis of misrepresentation. In the event of a reported incident, a determination about the applicant’s/student’s continued progress in the academic program will be made by Barry University in accordance with School and University procedures.

Applicants who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding eligibility may be obtained from appropriate credentialing boards. Clinical rotation sites may not permit participation in the clinical experience. This should be considered seriously by the candidate prior to application and matriculation.

Applicants are advised that results of criminal background checks and other required background screening will be released to third parties involved in their clinical education.

Criminal offenses incurred after the student matriculates may result in the student’s dismissal from the program; if this occurs, tuition and fees will not be refunded.