Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact (as defined in Minnesota Statutes, Section 245C) with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state. Any individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement. Failure to participate in a clinical placement required by the academic program will result in the ineligibility to qualify for a degree in the program.
Students are required to have criminal background verification prior to participating in clinical experiences. Students will be directed to complete the appropriate form by program faculty and NCTC will apply for the study from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Criminal background studies are completed annually. The results of the criminal background study must be on file prior to beginning clinical rotations.
Additional information about the Minnesota Department of Human Services background study requirements can be found at Minnesota Department of Human Services Licensing.