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Criminal Background Checks

Texas State University – Clinical Laboratory Science Program
Community Standard for Criminal Background Checks


Community Standards for criminal background checks were developed in conjunction with the CLS Advisory Committee to meet clinical agency compliance with Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) standards pertaining to human resource management. JCAHO requires verification of competency of all individuals who have direct contact with patients or employees; this includes students attending clinical rotations in the facility. Competency extends beyond technical skills to an individual's criminal history.


Effective Fall 2005 semester, criminal background checks for all currently enrolled and newly admitted students will be implemented. CLS students must successfully complete two criminal background checks 1) in August before starting the program and 2) for continuation in the Clinical Laboratory Science Program before placement in clinical rotations. Students will be given specific directions from the program about how to obtain the background check. A urine drug screen is required before starting clinical rotations in the Spring of the second year in the program. DO NOT complete a criminal background check or urine drug screen until requested by the CLS department.

Please carefully and fully review the following form which you will be required to sign and submit if accepted to the Texas State University Clinical Laboratory Science Program.

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Allocation of Cost 

Cost of the criminal background checks and urine drug test will be the responsibility for any students enrolled in the CLS Program in the Fall of 2005, and thereafter.

When to complete the Criminal Background Check

If you are accepted into the CLS Program, you will receive an acceptance email or letter.  After accepting your admission into the CLS Program, you will receive information via email on steps to complete and pay for your background check. The background check information is normally sent in late July or early August.

Criminal Convictions and CLS/MLS Employment

The State of Texas does not have licensure for CLS/MLS professionals.  However, the following states do have licensure: Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and West Virginia.  A criminal conviction may hinder an applicants ability to get a license in these states.  In addition, employment in Texas in some hospitals labs and reference labs could be precluded due to certain criminal convictions in an applicants background.

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