Criminal Background Check

A criminal history background check is required for all students in the Patient Care Technician (PCT) program. A positive background check may prohibit the student from progressing in the program and from becoming certified to work in the field. Criminal background checks may be conducted annually or at the discretion of clinical affiliates.

If a charge, arrest, and/or conviction occurs while a student is enrolled in the PCT program, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the Department Chair. This notification must be in writing and must occur within two business days after the event occurs. The required notification must include a description of the circumstances surrounding the charge, arrest and/or conviction. Subsequent to this notification, the student should make an appointment with the Department Chair to discuss options. Failure to notify the Department Chair of a charge, arrest, and/or conviction may result in the student being removed from the PCT program.

Upon readmission, reinstatement, or returning from a Leave of Absence, a student must undergo a criminal background check. A positive background check may prohibit the student from returning to the PCT program and from becoming certified to work in the field. Any fees involved with the repeat background check will be the responsibility of the student.