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PharmCAS Background Checks

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) recommends that all US pharmacy degree programs procure a national background check upon your initial, conditional acceptance to a pharmacy degree program. The rationale for performing criminal background checks on accepted pharmacy degree program applicants is based on a number of issues, including 1) the need to enhance the safety and well-being of patients and, in so doing, to bolster the public’s continuing trust in the pharmacy profession, and 2) to ascertain the ability of accepted applicants to complete their pharmacy education and eventually become licensed pharmacists.

In support of this recommendation, AACP has initiated a PharmCAS-facilitated national background check service, through which Certiphi Screening, Inc. (a Vertical Screen® Company) will procure a national background report on applicants at the point of acceptance. AACP has initiated this new service in order to recognize the desire of pharmacy degree programs to procure appropriate national criminal history reports, and to prevent applicants from paying additional fees at each pharmacy degree program to which they are accepted.


Upon your initial, conditional acceptance by a participating pharmacy degree program, Certiphi will send an email to the preferred email address you entered in your PharmCAS application. This email will provide you with access to a secure, online form via which you will provide basic identifying information and consent for this report to be procured. Your consent will serve for all pharmacy degree programs, and you will not be asked to provide consent upon receiving additional, conditional acceptance offers by participating pharmacy degree programs. You will be charged a $25 administrative fee by Certiphi Screening, Inc.

Once you provide consent, Certiphi will procure a national background check on you. Once the report is complete, Certiphi will send an email requesting that you review the report prior to its distribution. Upon receiving this email:

  • You will have ten (10) calendar days from the date this email is sent to review your report prior to this report being made available to the participating pharmacy degree programs. If you do not review this report, the report will be distributed after this period elapses.
  • You will be provided with an opportunity to contest the accuracy of the contents of the report within the specified ten (10) calendar day period. The report will not be released to the participating pharmacy degree programs until any potential inaccuracies have been resolved. 

Once you review and release the report, or after the specified ten (10) calendar day period has elapsed without contest, the report will be made available to the participating pharmacy degree program who offered an acceptance and initiated the request for this report.

Should you choose to do so, for a fee you may procure your own report from Certiphi in advance of the PharmCAS-facilitated report. This is not required and the optional report will not take the place of the report to be procured at the time of conditional acceptance by a participating pharmacy degree program. If you have concerns over past criminal issues appearing on a background report in error (for example, for matters that have been expunged or sealed), we recommend procuring this optional report.

The report will not be released to any party other than the pharmacy degree programs requesting this report. Please note that the requesting degree program will be notified if consent is not provided, and that failure to provide consent may result in failing to meet the requesting degree program’s admissions requirements. Many pharmacy degree programs not participating in our service may also require applicants to undergo a separate national background check process. Contact your designated pharmacy degree programs directly for specific policies.

Participating Programs

The following pharmacy degree programs participate in the Centralized Criminal Background Check Service Program.

  • Albany College of Pharmacy – Albany, NY
  • Albany College of Pharmacy – Colchester, VT
  • Appalachian College of Pharmacy
  • Auburn University
  • Belmont University
  • California Health Sciences University
  • California Northstate University
  • Campbell University
  • Cedarville University
  • Chapman University
  • Chicago State University
  • Creighton University
  • Drake University
  • D’Youville College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Ferris State University
  • Harding University
  • High Point University
  • Howard University
  • Husson University
  • Keck Graduate Institute
  • LECOM – Bradenton Campus
  • LECOM – Distance Education Pathway
  • LECOM – Erie Campus
  • Larkin Health Sciences Institute
  • Long Island University
  • Marshall B. Ketchum University
  • Mercer University
  • Midwestern University – Chicago Campus
  • Midwestern University – Glendale Campus
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Pacific University Oregon
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Presbyterian College
  • Purdue University
  • Regis University School of Pharmacy
  • Roosevelt University
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Samford University
  • Shenandoah University
  • South College (TN)
  • South University (GA)
  • South University (SC)
  • St. John Fisher College
  • Sullivan University
  • Texas Southern University
  • The University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • The University of Montana
  • The University of New Mexico
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Texas at Tyler
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Touro College (NY)
  • Union University
  • University at Buffalo – SUNY
  • University of California – San Diego
  • University of California – San Francisco
  • University of Charleston
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • University of New England
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Saint Joseph
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Southern California
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of Utah
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Washington State University
  • Wayne State University
  • West Coast University
  • West Virginia University
  • Western New England University
  • Wingate University – Hendersonville, NC
  • Wingate University – Wingate, NC
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