Tyler Junior College

Drug Screening/Background Check Standards

Prescreening requirements have been introduced into Tyler Junior College clinical affiliation agreements. These prescreening requirements are the same as those required of employees (background checks and drug screens). The rationale for extending these requirements to clinical students and faculty was the concept of due diligence and competency assessment of all individuals whose assignments bring them in contact with patients or employees. Competency extends beyond technical skills to an individual's criminal and substance abuse history. This approach ensures uniform compliance with Joint Commission standards pertaining to human resource management. Moreover, the public is demanding greater diligence in light of the national reports of deaths resulting from medical errors.

Timing of Prescreening Requirements

All drug screen tests and background checks must be conducted after admission to the clinical program. Verification of the satisfactory results must be received by the participating hospital prior to the student's clinical rotation start date. Drug screen and background checks will be honored by all hospitals for the duration of the student's enrollment in the clinical program if the participating student has not had a break in the enrollment at the college/school. A break in enrollment is defined as nonattendance of one full semester (Fall or Spring) or more. The above information must be verifiable through the college/school. Drug screen and background checks of faculty will be honored for the duration of the employment of the faculty member at the college/school.


Students need only meet these requirements prior to the start of the first clinical rotation.

  • Pre-Assignment Drug Screening
  • Criminal Background Check