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Health Professions: Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Criminal Background Check



  • PTA students assigned to clinical facilities will be required to complete a background check.

  • Cost: responsibility of student 
  • There will be a criminal background check for all individuals applying for licensure to practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and those with a felony conviction may not be issued a license.  Each case is handled on an individual basis and the decision to allow licensure is made by the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy.  Prospective students with concerns should call the Board at (804) 367-4674.

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  • Download CertifiedBackground instruction sheet.
  • Vendor: Certified



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  • Health Professions students assigned to clinical rotations or internships at some healthcare facilities are personally responsible for
    • completing the required background checks or screenings and
    • assuring that results are obtained by the healthcare or medical facility that asks for them.
    • It will be the decision of the clinical affiliate (healthcare or medical facility) whether the student will be allowed to participate in the clinical activities should there be positive criminal or sex offender results.
  • Tidewater Community College does not assume any responsibility for obtaining or evaluating the results of a criminal background check, drug screen or other check, maintaining the records of results or for delivering them to clinical sites.
  • Students may not request to be assigned only to those sites that do not require such checks.
  • Students who refuse to undergo a criminal background check or drug screen or other required check may not be able to be placed at another facility and consequently may not be able to complete program requirements and graduate.
  • TCC will make reasonable efforts to place all enrolled students in clinical training.
  • Students are also reminded that licensing boards for certain health care occupations and professions may deny, suspend or revoke a license or may deny the individual the opportunity to sit for an examination if an applicant has a criminal history or is convicted or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to a felony or other serious crime.
  • Successful completion of a health professions program of study at TCC does not guarantee licensure, the opportunity to sit for a licensure examination, certification or employment in the relevant heath care occupation.

The vendor for criminal background checks is Certified Background. logo


1. Please complete the vendor information and make direct payment to the vendor. The vendor will provide you with a passcode and a PDF file of the results.

2. It is your responsibility to provide your CBI results to the agency requesting it within 24 hours after the first day of classes (which is also the day of final notification of clinical placement sites). To initiate completion of your CBI please contact the selected vendor, provide the required data, sign the release and provide payment to the vendor.

3. Please be sure to keep a hard copy of your own PDF file for your personal records.

1. Go to
2. Click on "Students"
3. In the Package Code Box, enter ie60
4. You will see a page with information about our package and its contents, costs, etc.

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