General Instructions for Obtaining Background
Prior to your
internship or fieldwork placement, you may be required by the
placement site to undergo a criminal background check. You
will be informed by your placement coordinator or course
instructor if you need a background check, and what specific
type of background check is needed for the facility.
Criminal background checks will be obtained at your own expense.
University’s College of Health Professions does not require
any student to undergo a criminal background investigation. The
requirement comes from the placement site.
placement is in a school system, either public or private,
please contact the College of Education’s
Center for Professional Practice (CPP) for instructions on
how to obtain your criminal background check. You can contact
the CPP by calling 410-704-2567 or visit its website at http://wwwnew.towson.edu/coe/cpp/.
placement is not in an educational setting, you will need to
make your own arrangements to obtain your criminal background
check. Some placements will require fingerprinting and/or drug
screening in addition to a background check. It is your
responsibility to confirm the requirements of your site.
You may go to
any of the numerous private companies that provide criminal
background checks. Towson University’s College of Health
Professions works with several companies, listed below, that you
may utilize in order to obtain your background check. These
companies have no signed contract with Towson University but
provide a portal for our students to make the process as
efficient and inexpensive as possible.
hospitals and health care organizations have chosen to adopt the
policies and procedures recommended by the Maryland Hospital
Association (MHA). These facilities may require students to use
a specific company called Certified Background to obtain their
background checks. Other facilities accept criminal background
checks from any company. Please refer to the list of facilities
that have adopted MHA policies on the College of Health
Professions website under “Internships and Clinical Placements”