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Criminal Background Checks for EMS and Allied Health Students

Allied health students at Cowley College are occasionally required to complete a hospital or other field clinical component during their education and training. EVERY allied health and EMS student who completes hospital or field clinical training must complete a one-time background check.


Students will be charged a $45 background check fee. When the class starts, each will receive information about how to complete the background check. Failure to allow the check will result in dismissal because it is a mandatory requirement.


Failure to pass a criminal background check will prevent individual students, faculty or staff from being able to enter or supervise clinical or field education and training. A current student who is found to have a significant criminal background screen will be required to withdraw from their present program. A faculty member or staff employee with a significant criminal background screen will not be allowed to enter a clinical or field facility and must then withdraw from their present position at the college.


The Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services does not have a list of felony offenses that denote barrier offenses to certification. Each applicant who is a convicted felon is reviewed on an individual basis and a judgment is made by the Board.


For this policy, the prohibited offenses of employment as a Kansas certified nurse aide shall be utilized. A list of these barrier offenses can be found here. The Via Christi and Wesley organizations prefer a criminal record check that extends seven years in the past. As such, all reckoning periods for prohibited offenses that are listed on the KDADS site as prohibited for 5 years shall be increased to seven (7) years.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Department Chair of Allied Health Education.