A: The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) recommends that all US pharmacy schools procure a national background check on you upon your initial, conditional acceptance to pharmacy school. The rationale for performing criminal background checks on accepted pharmacy school applicants is based on a number of issues, including 1) the need to enhance the safety and well-being of patients and, in so doing, to bolster the public's continuing trust in the pharmacy profession, and 2) to ascertain the ability of accepted applicants to complete their pharmacy education and eventually become licensed pharmacists.
In support of this recommendation, AACP has initiated a PharmCAS-facilitated national background check service, through which Certiphi Screening, Inc. (a Vertical Screen® Company) will procure a national background report on applicants at the point of acceptance. AACP has initiated this new service in order to recognize the desire of pharmacy schools to procure appropriate national criminal history reports, and to prevent applicants from paying additional fees at each pharmacy school to which they are accepted.
A: The below schools are participating:
A: Pharmacy schools may require criminal background checks and/or drug tests in order to verify and individual's suitability to participate in experiential education rotations, to confirm a student's eligibility for pharmacy licensure, and to ensure patient safety. If you designate at least one pharmacy school that is participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated national background check service, you will be required to submit to a national background report at the point of initial, conditional acceptance. Please note that the requesting school will be notified if consent is not provided, and that failure to provide consent may result in failing to meet the requesting school's admissions requirements. Many pharmacy schools not participating in our new service during this year may also require applicants to undergo a separate national background check process. Contact your designated pharmacy schools directly for specific policies.
A: Many pharmacy schools not participating in our new service during this year may also require applicants to undergo a separate national background check process. Contact your designated pharmacy schools directly for specific policies.
A: Below you will find a search by search description of each check to be facilitated by AACP, and conducted by AACP's selected vendor, in support of the AACP centralized criminal background check solution. Note that all criminal history searches will be conducted in order to collect criminal history as follows. The reports that result from these searches will not include criminal history in which the applicant: 1) was adjudicated as a juvenile, as reflected in public record; and 2) criminal matters with the following dispositions Judgment set aside, Deferred prosecution, Pre-trial Diversion, Pre-trial intervention, Acquitted, Dead docket, Discharged, Dismissed, Dropped and abandoned, Innocent, No Billed, No information filed, Nolle prosequi, STET Docket, Stricken off docket - with leave to reinstate, Warrant returned unserved, and Withdrawn.
A: Upon your initial, conditional acceptance by a participating pharmacy school, Certiphi Screening, Inc. will send an email to the preferred email address you entered in your PharmCAS application. This email will provide you with access to a secure, online form via which you will provide basic identifying information and consent for this report to be procured. Your consent will serve for all pharmacy schools, and you will not be asked to provide consent upon receiving additional, conditional acceptance offers by participating pharmacy schools.
Once you have provided consent, Certiphi Screening, Inc. will procure a national background check on you (Background Check Details).Once the report is complete, Certiphi Screening, Inc. will send an email to your preferred email address requesting that you review the report prior to its distribution. Upon receiving this email:
Once you have reviewed and released this report, or after the specified ten (10) calendar day period has elapsed, the report procured on you will be made available to the participating pharmacy school who offered an acceptance and initiated the request for this report.
The report procured during this process will not be released to any party other than the pharmacy schools requesting this report.