Background Check Policy

The clinical programs of Bryan College of Health Sciences require students to participate in the care of patients in various healthcare settings. Students accepted into programs with clinical components are required to have a background check.

Students must clear the background check upon enrollment into any Bryan College of Health Sciences program with clinical components. Failure to undergo the background check will result in dismissal from the program. If deemed appropriate by the College, students may be dismissed from the program based on the results of a background check. Students may appeal the decision and will have the opportunity to present information to dispute the background check. In addition, enrolled students are required to complete an annual disclosure statement. Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the College. Information from the disclosure statement may then be forwarded to the Program Dean/Director and another background check may be required at the student’s expense. The clinical agencies, at their discretion, may elect to deny a student with a newly reported criminal background permission to continue to participate in programs at their site, which would mean that the student would be unable to complete his or her clinical training and would be dismissed from the program.

Students are responsible for all costs associated with the background check. The results of the background check must be made available to the program and the clinical sites associated with the program. Should a clinical agency refuse to place a student based on the outcome of the background check, the program has no responsibility for arranging alternate clinical placements.

If an applicant or student is issued a citation or other criminal process and/or convicted of any criminal offense(s), other than minor traffic violations, subsequent to the date the student has obtained the background check under this policy, the student is required, within three (3) days after such citation/conviction to report, in writing to the Dean of Students, the date, court location and nature of any such criminal citations or convictions. Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the College. This information may then be forwarded to the clinical agency for review and another background check may be required, at the student’s expense. The clinical agencies, at their discretion, may elect to deny a student with a newly reported criminal background permission to continue to participate in programs at their site, which would mean that the student would be unable to complete his or her clinical training and would be dismissed from the program. If an individual is issued a citation or other criminal process or is convicted of such an offense after an offer of admission is made but before matriculating as a student at the College, the College reserves the right to withdraw the offer of admission.