Criminal Background Check & Drug Testing

A criminal background check is NOT REQUIRED for acceptance.

In compliance with the drug testing policy established by Columbia University Medical Center, program students are required to undergo drug screening prior to beginning their first clinical education experience. This policy is intended to offer a proactive approach by providing early identification and intervention before the consequences of substance abuse adversely impact a student’s health, care of patients, or employability. The policy emphasizes the importance of student confidentiality and employs intervention and treatment rather than formal disciplinary action, sanctioning, or documentation upon a student’s academic record. The drug testing policy is implemented through the Student Health Service in partnership with Sterling Infosystems, Inc., which is also responsible for all pre-employment drug testing for Columbia University Medical Center employees. Students are tested in the spring or summer of Year I prior to the start of Clinical Education I in fall of Year II.

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