Health Sciences Division

About Health Sciences

The following information will help students understand requirements regarding criminal background checks.

Q. When is a background check completed?
A. A background check is conducted at the request of the Health Sciences program. ACC has contracted with an outside agency to perform the screenings. Health Sciences program applicants are charged a nonrefundable fee to cover the cost of the screening.

Q. What backgrounds result in ineligibility?
A. The following disqualify an applicant from ACC Health Sciences program admissions:

  • Registered sex offenders
  • Felony convictions
  • Felony deferred adjudications involving crimes against persons (physical or sexual abuse)
  • Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector General list of excluded individuals, U.S. General Services Administration excluded parties list, Employee Misconduct Registry, U.S. Treasury - Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) List of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN), Texas Health and Human Services Commission, excluded providers in Medicaid and Title XX provider exclusion data

Q. Why should something that may have happened 20 years ago affect a student’s eligibility for a Health Sciences program?
A. Clinical agencies are required to protect the safety of patients in their facilities. Students who wish to pursue a Health Sciences education have the option to appeal their ineligibility to the appropriate licensing/credentialing organizations by way of a declaratory order process.

Q. Why should anything other than a student’s academic performance matter to ACC?
A. Clinical rotations are the hallmark to ACC’s Health Sciences programs, and students have significant patient contact during these rotations, which take place at hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare agencies throughout the area.

Q. If a student’s criminal background check includes a disqualifying history, do they have an avenue of appeal?
A. ACC does not review a student’s ineligibility; however, students may contact the appropriate licensing/registry body to request a review of their ineligibility. If the licensing/registry body approves the individual for the body’s licensing/credentialing exam, the individual is then eligible to participate in clinical rotations and can be admitted to ACC’s Health Sciences programs.

Q. What are a student’s transfer options to other programs at ACC if declared ineligible to continue in Health Sciences?
A. ACC offers a wide variety of education opportunities outside Health Sciences. Students can explore these with an ACC counselor or advisor.