Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen Policy

Prior to admission, and annually thereafter, students are required to satisfactorily complete a criminal background check and 10-panel drug screen.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) are essential elements in the Pharm.D. curriculum for all colleges of pharmacy, including the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy. Students may not be able to participate in IPPEs or APPEs if criminal, or other adverse findings, are revealed in a criminal background check or drug screen. Students unable to complete all curricular requirements cannot graduate and thusly cannot become licensed pharmacists.

Criminal Background Check

The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy will designate third-party vendor(s) to conduct the criminal background check. Results from companies other than those designated will not be accepted. Accepted applicants and currently enrolled students are responsible for all costs associated with obtaining required background checks.

All applicants accepted to the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check according to a specific time line. More detailed information is provided throughout the admissions process.

In addition to the initial background check completed upon admission, currently enrolled students are required to submit updated background checks annually. Pharmacy practice sites may also require additional background checks.

Criminal behavior, or other adverse findings, discovered upon a scheduled check, including refusal to comply, will be evaluated by the Credentialing Committee. This committee is responsible for upholding the Academic and Professional Standards of the College. Based on the findings, the Credentialing Committee will make recommendations to the Dean of the College. Possible recommendations may include a delay in graduation or dismissal from the program.

A student who has a break in enrollment is required to complete a new background check prior to re-enrollment. A break in enrollment is defined as non-enrollment for at least one semester, including an officially approved leave of absence.

The scope of the background check will include a seven (7) year state and all known counties of residence criminal search, residency history, nationwide indicator with sex offender index, nationwide health care fraud and abuse scan, and nationwide patriot act and social security alert.

Drug Screen

Accepted applicants and currently enrolled students are required to submit results from a 10-panel drug screen at the same time as criminal background checks. 

The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy will designate third-party vendor(s) to conduct the drug screen. Pharmacy practice sites may also require additional drug screens.

Accepted applicants and currently enrolled students are responsible for all costs associated with obtaining drug screens.

Adverse findings, including refusal to comply, will be evaluated by the Credentialing Committee and possible recommendations to the Dean may include delay in graduation or dismissal from the program.