Criminal Background Checks

Students who are offered admission to Marshall University School of Physical Therapy are required to have a criminal background check.  Complete instructions on obtaining and forwarding these documents will be provided to students who are offered admission, prior to matriculation.  Clinical rotation sites that require a criminal background check may deny a student’s participation in the clinical rotation because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction or a record of child abuse.  Clinical sites may also deny participation in clinical experience for other reasons, such as failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance.  As participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of participation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the program.  Regardless of whether or not a student graduates from Marshall, individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional.  Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies or state licensure board.