Background Checks

After admission to a health sciences program at SUSCC, students must complete a comprehensive background check and drug screening.

Background Checks

Southern Union is contractually obligated to comply with requirements set forth by agencies used for clinical rotations. All health sciences students are required to have background checks and drug screens completed to meet the requirements of clinical agencies in accordance with the Joint Commission Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) standards. Background checks will be conducted by one vendor approved by the clinical agencies.

Students must complete background checks after acceptance to a healthcare program but prior to enrolling in the first semester of a program. Upon admission to a health sciences program, students will be given a timeline for completing the background check. Students contract directly with the approved vendor and results are confidential. The clinical agency (ies) will make the decision to approve or deny the student for clinical privileges. Refusal by an agency to accept a student will prevent a student from completing the health sciences program. The student will be responsible for clearing any denials reported from the clinical agency. Students who are unable to resolve denials will be withdrawn from the Health Science Program.  Refusal to sign the "Consent for Release of Information" form or refusal of access to a clinical agency will result in withdrawal or dismissal from the program.  Please refer to the student handbook for the particular healthcare program for which you plan to apply for complete policy.

After receiving an acceptance letter from the program for which you have applied, follow the directions to submit payment and information for the background check through the agency's website listed in your letter. The agency may differ by program. The criminal background check will include but may not be limited to the following: Unlimited Criminal County Level Search, SSN Trace, OIG Search, National Sex Offender Search, OFAC Search, and EPLS Search.   Your school's health records clerk will receive background check results within 2-3 weeks. Note: It is strongly recommended that you wait until you receive directions from the Health Sciences Department to complete your criminal background check.  Background checks completed too early may be subject to a repeat screening.

Drug Screening

Drug screening will be conducted during the first semester of coursework and at random throughout the program. Students who do not pass the drug screen will be withdrawn from the health sciences program. Drug screens will be conducted by the vendor approved by the clinical agency. Please refer to the student handbook for the particular healthcare program for which you plan to apply for the complete program policy.

The drug screening will test for, but may not be limited to, the following substances:

  • Amphetamine
  • Barbiturate
  • Benzodiazepine
  • Cannabinoid
  • Cocaine
  • Metabolite
  • Opiate
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Methadone