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Prior to final acceptance, those individuals offered a seat in the University of Pittsburgh Physician Assistant Program, will be required to have a criminal background check and a health assessment completed prior to matriculation. Matriculation as a student in the Program is conditional upon the results of the background check and health assessment to include a drug screen.  Failure to complete this process and submission of documents on or before the deadline given will result in forfeiture of your seat.

If a prospective student declines to undergo the background check or health assessment, including a drug screen, or if findings of a grievous nature are revealed, the offer of admission will be revoked.

During enrollment, repeat background checks, health and drug screens will be required.  If a student declines to undergo a background check, health assessment, or drug screen while enrolled in the program or if findings of a grievous nature are revealed, this will be grounds for dismissal from the program.   

This program requires the student to complete portions of their education (e.g. clinical preceptorship, practicum) at facilities external to the University to meet requirements for graduation.  Many of these external facilities require screening measures such as, but not limited to, background check, child abuse clearance, health appraisal, fingerprint-based background check and/or drug test prior to placement at the facility.  The results of these requirements may limit and potentially eliminate placement options for the student which can, in turn, result in an inability to meet graduation requirements.  Additionally, conviction of a misdemeanor, felony or felonious or illegal act may prevent the student from becoming credentialed and/or licensed to practice in the field.