PTCAS facilitates a centralized background check process for accepted applicants. The purpose of the check process is, in part, to ascertain the ability of a student to meet the requirements of clinical education sites and to become licensed physical therapists.
Each PT education program participating in PTCAS may choose whether to use the PTCAS background check vendor, Certiphi Screening, Inc. Not all PTCAS programs use the PTCAS background check process through PTCAS via Certiphi.
If your responses to the PTCAS felony question or related criminal history questions on supplemental forms differ from the background check results, you may jeopardize your acceptance status.
Certiphi Screening, Inc. will contact you via email once the company is notified by the PTCAS office that you have accepted an offer of admission to a participating PTCAS program. The email will include a link to a secure, online form that will request additional information and your consent to initiate the background check process.
The background check fee will be $72 per applicant and will be paid to Certiphi Screening, Inc, by the applicant. The fee reflects a $10 APTA fee subsidy, and is inclusive of all record search fees charged by states and counties. If you are accepted by multiple PTCAS programs that require a background check through Certiphi Screening, Inc, you will only undergo a single search and pay a single fee.
Once you have provided consent, Certiphi Screening, Inc, will begin the background check process. Results are typically completed within 1 week. Once the report is complete, Certiphi Screening, Inc, will give you an opportunity to review the results before they are released to the PTCAS program that requested the report. You will then have 10 calendar days to verify the accuracy of your report before it is made available to the appropriate PTCAS program. If you do not review the report within the time allotted, Certiphi Screening, Inc, will release your report to the program.
For a fee, you may choose to request your own report from Certiphi Screening, Inc, before it is requested by a PTCAS program. Please note that you are not required to order an advance report. This optional report will not replace a separate background check report required by a PTCAS program upon acceptance to that program.
If you consent to the background check process through PTCAS, Certiphi Screening will release the results to the PTCAS program(s) that have offered you acceptance into the professional program and have requested this report. Neither APTA nor PTCAS will receive or hold any personal information gathered by Certiphi Screening, Inc. APTA will receive deidentified aggregated data only for research and statistical purposes.
Below you will find a description of checks conducted by PTCAS’s service partner, Certiphi Screening, Inc. The results of the background search will not include juvenile records.
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