It’s an oft repeated question from students enrolled in allied health programs – why do I need a criminal background check? And we’ve discussed the reasons at length in various blogs: Joint Commission requirements, laws and regulations, and patient safety to name a few. But there is another reason why students should appreciate having a background check done as a student – it can save them significant time and money.


Here’s how. Once all course and clinical work are done and the student graduates, the next step is to apply for a license. When doing so, most licensing agencies require a criminal background check. And in most cases, there are certain offenses that are automatic bars to obtaining a license. These may vary slightly by state, but as an example, the Ohio Board of Nursing cannot issue a license to someone who has pled guilty to or been found guilty of the following offenses: aggravated murder, murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault, kidnapping, rape, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, or aggravated arson. In addition, the board states that there are other criminal behaviors that could result in a denied application or a restricted license, but cannot advise or give a definitive answer about what may result until an application has been filed.


A student background check done prior to coursework and clinical placement benefits students with criminal pasts who are unaware that they may not be able to obtain a license. They can be made aware of potential problems before they spend a lot of money and time on classes in a particular field of study.


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