Background Checks and Drug Screening for Students
Here's how to navigate the background check and drug screening before becoming a School of Health Professions student.
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Should a background check or report come back with an unacceptable offense, the department will review the information and make a decision on the applicant's eligibility. The applicant will be notified regarding their status to enter the program. These cases will be considered individually and, under extenuating circumstances, an exception could be made.
Normally, the following will prevent admission:
- Felony convictions
- Misdemeanor convictions or felony deferred adjudications involving crimes against persons (physical or sexual abuse)
- Misdemeanor convictions related to moral turpitude (prostitution, public lewdness/exposure, etc.)
- Felony deferred adjudications for the sale, possession, distribution, or transfer of narcotics or controlled substances
- Registered sex offenders
- OIG, GSA, and Medicaid sanctions
If there is a conviction that does not disqualify the applicant/student from a program and subsequent affiliation, the student should be aware that this may not be the case for the professional certifying agency. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not the conviction will prevent them from taking a certification or qualifying examination upon completion of an academic program.
Other reports you may need
What other reports may be needed from me?
- Registration in the Family Care Safety Registry. This check reviews Missouri records for any individuals disqualified from working in a health care facility in that state. No additional information or fee is required for this check.
- If you are assigned to a clinical rotation in Missouri, you may need to complete the Missouri Department of Mental Health Disqualification Registry Report. Contact the Office of the Dean for details.