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Criminal Background Check

An increasing number of clinical training sites are requiring criminal background checks before they will sign an affiliation agreement allowing medical students to participate in clinical experiences and training. Hospitals and health education centers are requiring proof to protect patients and decrease their liability. Such checks will be part of a student's lifelong process of documenting and re-documenting their career credentials, as well as assuring the public they are qualified and adhere to the best of standards.

A.T. Still University requires applicants in the following programs to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation as a student:

Doctoral programs:

  • Doctor of Audiology – residential
  • Doctor of Athletic Training
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy

Masters programs:

  • Master of Science in Advanced Physician Assistant Studies (clinical medicine track only)
  • Master of Science in Athletic Training
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Certificate programs:

  • Certificate in Orthodontics
  • Certificate in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
  • Graduate Certificate Program in Clinical Decision Making in Athletic Training

Please select one of the following links for more information:

Obtaining your background check

Providing a clinical site with access to the full background check report

Frequently Asked Questions

Obtaining your background check

To begin, go to and select your school-program from the “School” drop down list. Select your program from the “Program” drop down menu. Prior to clicking Submit, you will be required to select the package that is specific to your residential history for the last seven years. The packages are listed as Groups C, B, or A.

If you are providing international residential history please use the street address or city fields to indicate the country. You may enter your state or province information in the state field or you can enter “XX” if not applicable.

Package & Pricing Information

Your background check is based on your residential history over the last 7 years. Use the tables below to determine which group/package you should select to begin your order.

Residential History (last 7 years):

Package to choose:

Package Price:

U.S. and/or Canada only

Group C

$49 - $54

Group B country only

Group B

$144 - 157

Group B country and the U.S. or Canada

Group B

$144 - 157

Group A country only

Group A

$98 - $107

Group A country and the U.S. or Canada

Group A

$98 - $107

Two or more Group B countries, two or more Group A countries, or two or more Group B and Group A countries

Select and pay for the package that includes one of the two or more countries of residence. Call PreCheck, Inc. at 866.961.6587 for a custom package and additional payment information. Locate and have ready your confirmation number so PreCheck, Inc. can find your original order in the system.

Two or more Group B countries, two or more Group A countries, or two or more Group B and Group A countries AND U.S. or Canada

Select and pay for the package that includes one of the two or more countries of residence. Call PreCheck, Inc. at 866.961.6587 for a custom package and additional payment information. Locate and have ready your confirmation number so PreCheck, Inc. can find your original order in the system.

Country of residence does not appear on either the list of Group B countries or Group A countries .

Contact PreCheck, Inc. to help you select the best package and a custom price by email at or by phone at 866.961.6587.

All prices listed do not include tax and are subject to change by PreCheck, Inc.
If you have any questions, please call PreCheck, Inc. at 866.961.6587.

Group C Countries:

United States


Group B Countries:














French Polynesia






Solomon Islands




South Africa









Brunei Darussalam




Cape Verde









Hong Kong



Cook Islands




Costa Rica














Papua New Guinea

Vatican City

El Salvador




Federated States of Micronesia




Group A Countries:

American Samoa





Dominican Republic


St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla




St. Vincent & Grenadine



New Zealand

Trinidad & Tobago



Northern Ireland

Turk & Caicos



N. Mariana Islands

Virgin Islands (US)





Your payment may be made securely online with a credit or debit card. You may also pay by money order, but that will delay processing your background check until the money order is received by mail at the PreCheck, Inc. office. For your records, you will be provided a receipt and confirmation page of your background check order placed through PreCheck, Inc.

PreCheck, Inc. will not use your information for any other purposes other than a background check. Your credit will not be investigated, and your name will not be given out to any businesses. If you need assistance, please contact PreCheck, Inc. by email at or call 866.961.6587.

Providing a hospital or clinic with access to the full background check report

Once a background check has been completed, the student’s program is provided with a background check completion certificate. Details about the report are not included with this certificate. Occasionally, the hospital or clinic wants a copy of the full background check report. Check with the hospital or clinic to make sure the background check certificate will suffice. If it will, contact your clinical or rotation site coordinator for a copy of your background check certificate.

If the hospital or clinic wants a copy of the full background check report, a student may:

  • Navigate to and you will find a sentence that reads “If you have already ordered your background check, you may go here to check the status”.
  • Click “here” and you will be prompted for your date of birth and social security number.
  • Click the Get Status button.
  • Download your report and submit it to the hospital or clinic. If you do not see your report, it may have been archived. Contact PreCheck, Inc. at 866.961.6587 to access your report.
  • If your report is older than 90 days, you will be charged a $15 fee by PreCheck, Inc.

I need to order an additional, more recent background check

If the clinical site wants a more recent background check, a student may place a new order through PreCheck Inc. using the same instructions listed above. If only a certificate of completion is needed, that may be requested from your clinical or rotation site coordinator once the results of your background check have arrived .


What does the background check consist of?

  • Criminal History Investigation (seven years)
  • Sexual Offender Registry / Predator Registry
  • Social Security Number Verification
  • Positive Identification National Locator with Previous Address
  • Maiden/AKA Name Search
  • Medicare / Medicaid Sanctioned, Excluded Individuals Report
  • Office of Research Integrity (ORI) Search
  • Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) Search
  • FDA Debarment Check
  • National Wants & Warrants Submission
  • Investigative Application Review (by Licensed Investigator)
  • Misconduct Registry Search
  • Executive Order 13224 Terrorism Sanctions Regulations
  • Search of Healthcare Employment Verification Network. (HEVN)
  • National Healthcare Data Bank (NHDB) Sanction Report - which includes the following:
    • A Sanction Check search was conducted to verify applicant's name(s) against the following database:

Federal Agencies:

      1. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE)
      2. General Services Administration (GSA), Excluded Parties Listing System (EPLS) or those Excluded from Federal Procurement, No-Procurement and Reciprocal Programs
      3. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Public Health Service (PHS), Office of Research Integrity (ORI), Administrative Actions Listing
      4. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Debarment List, and the Disqualified, Restricted and Assurances List for Clinical Investigators
      5. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Denied Persons List
      6. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Health Education Assistance Loan (HEAL), List of Defaulted Borrowers
      7. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons List (Terrorists)
      8. And the following "Most Wanted" Lists: (a) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, (b) FBI Most Wanted Terrorist List, (c) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Most Wanted, (d) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Most Wanted, (e) U.S. Marshall Service Most Wanted, (f) Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Most Wanted.

State Agencies:

      1. All State Agencies Reporting to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and to the National Healthcare Data Bank (NHDB)
      2. Texas Health and Human Services Commission (THHSC) Medicaid and Title XX Provider Exclusion List and other State Medicaid Exclusion Lists, where available.

        The search report exceeds the U.S. Government minimum requirement for sanction screening as set forth in the DHHS-OIG's Compliance Program Guidance.

Why do we require criminal background checks on students?

There are three primary reasons for performing these checks:

1. A criminal record will likely prevent a student from receiving a professional license upon completion of the educational program. Most state licensing boards WILL perform a criminal background search as part of the licensure process, and it would be unfortunate to complete an education, yet be unable to be granted a license.

2. Hospitals in which students work as part of clinicals are required to have a background check report on file for all providers of hands-on patient care, whether they are employees of the hospital or not. (This includes nursing students.) Hospitals are putting their JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) certification at risk by having an unchecked individual present in their facility.

3. It may be the case that a student has a criminal record and is not aware of it. For instance, an old conviction that is eligible to be purged from the student’s record must be expunged following a written request. If the student does not submit the written request, then the conviction will remain on the student’s record, even though it is eligible for removal. Such a conviction could prevent licensure or future employment. Finding out now allows the student to take the necessary steps to make proper amends. Also, if it is not possible to remove a conviction at present, it is recommended that the conviction be disclosed so that employment or licensure is not denied for providing false information.

How long does the report take to complete?

It is difficult to predict how long a report will take to complete.There are many variables involved with each report.Some reports take 3 days while others may take up to a month.Those with international searches or in more rural jurisdictions can sometimes take longer.Do not wait until the last minute to initiate your report!

Do I get a copy of the report?

Yes. Go to and click on “Check status”. Put in your SSN and DOB. If your application is complete, then you click on the application number to download and print a copy of your report. This feature is good for 90 days after submittal. After 90 days, you will be charged $14.95 for a copy of your report.

What if there is a conviction on the report?

The student is allowed by law to examine the report and will be contacted if they want to dispute any findings contained in it, if they are turned down for clinicals because of negative information found in the background report. If a conviction was wrongly reported, the student may request that the report be amended to change this mistake. However, the occurrence of such errors is very infrequent. In some cases, one conviction may not be a permanent barrier to employment. Simply being honest about one’s past can potentially answer questions about character that arise based on the report.

I have a criminal record. What should I do?

Disclose the crime on your PreCheck background application.

Can the University share the report with a hospital?

No. The background check belongs to the student and PreCheck, Inc. Students may download a copy of their report from PreCheck's website for free and share the information with the hospital. Students may access their report for free for 90 days after receiving the report. After the 90 days have passed, students will be charged a $15 fee for a copy of the report.

I have been advised that I am being denied entry into the program because of information on my report and that I should contact PreCheck, Inc. Where should I call?

The student should call PreCheck, Inc.’s Adverse Action hotline at 800.203.1654. Adverse Action is the procedure established by the Fair Credit Reporting Act that allows you to see the report and to dispute anything reported.

Does PreCheck, Inc. need every street address where I have lived over the past 7 years?

No, PreCheck, Inc. only needs the city and state.

How do I provide my International Identifier?

Our system is in the process of being updated to accommodate international identifiers. In the interim you may insert the numbers 111-11-1111

For additional questions, contact PreCheck, Inc. at: 866.961.6587.