Criminal Background Checks

Student Criminal Background Check & Fingerprinting Requirements
for Curriculum Health Sciences Students 

The hospitals and other clinical sites with whom the College has contracted to provide clinical training or Work-Based Learning experience, under the direction of their accrediting bodies, such as JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), require that all students and faculty who are assigned to their site provide a criminal background check to the College and that the College notify the clinical site of any individuals who have criminal records. 

The clinical/Work-Based Learning sites have the discretionary right to refuse to permit a student having a criminal record from receiving training in their facility and this determination is made by each of the sites individually, without input from the College.  Additionally, most clinical sites will not review or make a determination on “Pending” cases that have not been resolved.

The term “criminal record” is at this point in time being understood broadly to include the conviction of any felony, misdemeanor crime, or DUI/DWI; and/or the dismissed charge of any felony, misdemeanor crime, or DUI/DWI, excluding minor traffic violations. The background check includes all counties of residence in the past ten years from applicant's residency history.

Students admitted to programs that require a clinical or Work-Based Learning component will be required to provide the College with an official criminal background check in order to meet the requirements of the clinical site.  The criminal background check will be required when the applicant is conditionally admitted to the clinical portion of a health sciences curriculum.  The College will direct this process by identifying the agency performing the check and maintain control of the information through the Health Sciences Clinical Compliance Administrator.  The cost of the Criminal Background Check process is $37.00 and is subject to change. 

Once a student is conditionally accepted into the clinical portion of their program, they will be given written instructions to order and pay for their criminal background check and, if required, their fingerprinting process (required of Nursing Students only.)  If the criminal background check or fingerprinting process is not completed by the assigned deadline date, the student will be removed from their health sciences program.  

For Nursing Students Only:  In addition to the criminal background check, students who have lived in NC for less than five (5) consecutive years will be required to be fingerprinted for an SBI criminal check.  Please be aware that there are additional fees (approximately $45.00) associated with the fingerprinting process.  Fees pertaining to the criminal background check and fingerprinting processes are subject to change without warning. 

Convictions and/or charges for certain crimes and/or evidence of drug use may disqualify students from participating in clinical or Work-Based Learning experiences.  Although an applicant’s criminal background will not prohibit admission to a health sciences curriculum, the inability to participate in clinical or Work-Based Learning experiences would prohibit the student from progressing and completing the program successfully.  The following misdemeanor and/or felony charges, convictions, or pending/deferred adjudication histories may disqualify an individual from course progression in a Health Sciences Program because the student would not be eligible for clinical/Work-Based Learning placement (this includes, but is not limited to):

  • Registered sex offenders
  • Crimes against persons (physical or sexual abuse, neglect, assault, murder, etc.)
  • Related to moral turpitude (prostitution, public lewdness/exposure, etc.)
  • Related to the sale, possession, distribution, or transfer of narcotics or controlled substances
  • Observed or proven theft (larceny)
  • Misapplication of fiduciary property or property of a financial institution
  • Fraud/securing execution of a document by deception
  • DWI or DUI

If you have questions pertaining to the criminal background/fingerprinting check process, please contact Barbara Smith, Clinical Compliance Administrator, at 919-747-0105 or [email protected].