Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse Clearance, Drug Testing & FBI Fingerprinting for Thomas Jefferson University Physician Assistant Students
As you may be aware, there is a national trend requiring criminal background checks, child abuse clearances, drug testing and FBI fingerprinting for students placed in healthcare settings. We believe that these requirements help to bolster the public’s continuing trust in the health professions and enhance the safety and well-being of patients. Since the majority of Thomas Jefferson University’s clinical sites follow this practice, this requirement has been incorporated into the pre-matriculation process and will affect all matriculated Physician Assistant students. Students must complete these clearances annually.
How to Initiate Process:
To begin the background check process please go to
To assist you in completing this requirement, we have partnered with an agency, American DataBank. This agency has an established record of working with students, provides an on-line service that allows the process to be completed expeditiously, and works closely with students should follow-up questions arise.
You must complete the process for the criminal background check, child abuse clearance, drug testing and FBI fingerprinting prior to enrollment. To ensure that you meet these deadlines, we encourage you to begin the process as soon as possible, but no earlier than January 1 for the pre-fall term.
All Physician Assistant students are required to submit all clearances. You must complete the process as outlined in this letter even if you have previously done a criminal background check, child abuse clearance, drug test or FBI fingerprinting with another agency or for other purposes. In addition, you must complete the process as outlined in this letter even if you are in the health professions field or are a student. There are no exemptions or exceptions.
American DataBank will facilitate each of these requirements with you. They will act as a repository for your results and you should forward results and/or reports directly to American DataBank. Do not send any results to Jefferson. Once each requirement is fulfilled, American DataBank will notify Jefferson by email that the process has been completed, and whether the result is clear or requires further review. Jefferson will advise the clinical sites where you are placed of the completion and corresponding designation. You should retain a copy of each of your reports as the clinical site may request that you submit a copy at the time of placement.
You must go to the American DataBank site and process the following four (4) items as outlined below:
- Criminal background check – follow instructions on the American DataBank site.
- PA Child Abuse Clearance - Please note, the child abuse clearance form can only be processed by the student directly. The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare charges a separate fee that is not included in the package price. After you have completed the online order application, all applicants must complete the PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form. The results will be sent directly to you. Once you have received the results you must provide a copy to American DataBank. Do not complete a Delaware Child Abuse Clearance unless instructed specifically by the College of Health Professions to do so.
- Drug Test – follow instructions on the American DataBank site.
- FBI Fingerprinting – follow instructions on the American DataBank site.
An adverse Child Abuse Clearance will result in your inability to be placed at a clinical site and consequently you would be unable to graduate from your program. Thus, if you receive an adverse result on the Child Abuse Clearance, your offer of acceptance to Jefferson will be rescinded.
An adverse Criminal Background Check, Drug Test and/or FBI Fingerprinting report may result in your offer of acceptance to Jefferson being rescinded or your inability to be placed at a clinical site. Clinical rotation and field work placements may be denied by an assigned clinical site due to felony or misdemeanor convictions, a positive drug test and/or other adverse findings, and the inability to be placed at a clinical site will prohibit you from graduating. In these situations your offer of acceptance to Jefferson may be rescinded.
If you have questions with the on-line system, or if after the process is complete you have follow-up questions or feel there is a discrepancy in the report, you may contact American DataBank at 1-800-200-0853.
To begin the background check process please go to
Choose "Package 1"
Our goal is to provide a streamlined process for completing these requirements. If you have questions prior to beginning this process, please feel free to contact me via email at Erin.Finn@jefferson.edu.
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