Eligibility for Clinical Sites

Important Notice Concerning Eligibility for Clinical Sites in the Pharmacy Technology Program

IMPORTANT: ALL STUDENTS registering for the ANY of the Pharmacy Technology coursework, MUST complete the mandatory background check and drug screening.

Background checks are commonly completed on health care personnel, including students and volunteers. Current and prospective pharmacy technology students must at all times meet applicable employer security standards for placement in mandatory clinical rotations at selected sites. Every student registered for the Clinical Site Rotations in the program will be required to submit to a background and drug screening prior to beginning clinical rotations as part of their clinical requirements. To complete a background check the applicant must have a valid social security card.

A history of felony conviction(s) or any bar, exclusion or other ineligibility for federal program participation could render a student ineligible for clinical placement which is a required component of the program.

The following information was provided by Kaiser of Northern California. These restrictions prevent a student from being at any of their facilities. Students who are restricted from any one of the institution that the Pharmacy Technology program uses are restricted from attending clinical rotations, since we rotate students to different facilities throughout the program.

A student with a background check that indicates any of the following felony and/or misdemeanor convictions within the last 7 years is not eligible for a clinical placement.

  • DUI
  • Shoplifting
  • Violent crimes such as murder, rape, sexual assault, kidnapping, attempted murder, assault with deadly weapons.
  • Crimes involving theft, embezzlement, burglary, forgery, fraud, arson, identity theft.
  • Sex crimes including sexual molestation, and sex crimes against children, or any conviction for which a candidate is required to register as a sex offender with a state or federal agency.
  • Drug related crimes such as drug theft, sales, distribution, manufacturing and possession of controlled substances.
  • Multiple convictions (more than one conviction for same or different crime).
  • Name posted on any government sanctioned or debarred list

Kaiser Hospital Memorandum, 2007

Please note: if your background/drug screening is not clean, you may be contacted and advised that you can stay in the class but we will be unable to place you in an "externship" site. Without going to "externship" you are unable to pass the class (We cannot give legal advice.)

Mandatory Drug Screening Requirement.

The Joint Commission requires that all staff members, students, instructors and volunteers meet new standards relating to criminal background and freedom from drugs. Clinical agencies hold students to the same standards as they use for their employees; therefore, in order to be placed in clinical students will be required to clear a urine drug screen test.

Any student with a positive result may not be allowed to participate in clinical training at contracted facilities that require drug testing. Since all students rotate through these facilities and clinical is a required element of each semester in the program, students will may not be allowed to continue in the program. Refusal to participate in the drug-screen portion of the requirement shall be interpreted as the student's unwillingness to complete the checklist of requirements and therefore that student will not be allowed to participate in clinical courses and will be dismissed from the program.

CastleBranch, the vendor for the background and drug screenings, conducts International screenings via alternative identifiers. Students are to place all 0's in the application social security number field. The vendor will contact the applicant for a customized search which carries an additional vendor cost range of $50-450, dependent on the country. Applicants with the State Board of Pharmacy for a Pharmacy Technician license may use their social security OR individual tax ID number on the application and self-query.