The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) organized an adhoc Criminal Background Check Advisory Panel in May 2006 to identify common problems and possible strategies to assist members with this rapidly evolving issue. The panel recommends that all U.S. pharmacy schools procure a national background check on applicants upon their initial, conditional acceptance to pharmacy school. The rationale for performing criminal background checks on accepted pharmacy school applicants is based on a number of issues, including:
In support of this recommendation, AACP has initiated a PharmCAS-facilitated national background check service, through which Certiphi Screening, Inc. (a Vertical Screen® Company) will procure a national background report on applicants at the point of acceptance. AACP has initiated this new service in order to recognize the desire of pharmacy schools to procure appropriate national criminal history reports and to prevent applicants from paying additional fees at each pharmacy school to which they are accepted.
During the PharmCAS 2010 application year, as we determine the viability of this new service, participating pharmacy schools may continue to require applicants to undergo a separate national background check process, if required to do so by their own institutional regulations or by applicable state law. Many pharmacy schools not participating in our new service during this year may also require applicants to undergo a separate national background check process.
For the 2010 entering class, the following pharmacy schools are participating:
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesAppalachian College of PharmacyAuburn University Belmont University California Northstate College of PharmacyCampbell University College of Notre Dame of Maryland Concordia University Wisconsin Creighton University D'Youville College East Tennessee State UniversityFerris State UniversityHarding University Howard University Husson UniversityLake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - BradentonLake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - ErieMassachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesMercer University Midwestern University/Downers GroveOregon State University Pacific UniversityPhiladelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy - Georgia CampusPresbyterian College Purdue University Regis University Roosevelt University Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and ScienceSaint Joseph College Shenandoah University South College (TN)South University St. John Fisher College The University of IowaThe University of New MexicoThe University of UtahThomas Jefferson University University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUnion University University at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkUniversity of California, San DiegoUniversity of California, San FranciscoUniversity of Charleston University of Colorado University of Connecticut University of Florida University of Hawaii at HiloUniversity of Maryland Eastern Shore University of MichiganUniversity of Minnesota University of Nebraska College of PharmacyUniversity of New England University of Pittsburgh University of South FloridaUniversity of Southern CaliforniaUniversity of the Incarnate Word University of the Pacific University of WashingtonUniversity of Wisconsin - Madison Virginia Commonwealth University Washington State University Wayne State UniversityWestern New England UniversityWingate University
2009 Annual Meeting Criminal Background Check Session
Report of the AACP Criminal Background Check Advisory Panel - November 2006.
Use of Criminal Convictions in College Admissions - Paper presented to the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) by Derek Langhauser (Maine Technical College System) in June 2000.
The University of Montana Employee Criminal Background Check Policy: Legal Issues - Paper presented to the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) by David Aronofsky on June 26-29, 2005.
The University of Iowa Technical Standards
University of Kentucky Technical Standards
The University of Mississippi Technical Standards
AAMC Resource Document on Background Checks - Group on Student Affairs Recommendations regarding Criminal Background Checks for Medical School Applicants.
JCAHO FAQ on Student Background Checks - Requirements for Criminal Background Checks.
National Association of College and University Attorneys - NACUA overview of student criminal background checks.
Medical Schools Seek Security of Student Background Checks - AAMC - October 2004.
Baylor College of Medicine - Student Background Check Policy.
The Ohio State School of Medicine - Student Background Check Policy.
The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy - Student Background Check Policy.
University of Minnesota Medical School - Student Background Check Policy.
University Texas El Paso Health Sciences - Student Background Check Policy.
University of Wisconsin (Green Bay) - Student Background Check Policy.
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine - Student Background Check Policy.
Virginia Barrier Crimes - Definitions.
Wisconsin Caregiver Law - Caregiver Program (including Background Checks).