Background Checks

An increasing number of clinical sites require background checks for employees, as well as for students who come to their facilities. Northeastern University students need to have background checks done if their assigned clinical agency requires it. Some sites may also require drug testing. The college contracts with a national company, CastleBranch, to perform these checks/screenings. CastleBranch charges fees to conduct background checks/screenings, which will vary depending on the type of background check needed. All fees will be paid by the student directly to CastleBranch.

All background check information is confidential. Results are posted to the CastleBranch website in a secure, tamperproof environment. You will be able to view your own results online using a password. You will be contacted by your on-campus clinical coordinator only if there is a question about your results. Neither you nor CastleBranch is required to reveal the actual results of your background check to the clinical site or anyone else at the university. However, you may not be able to be placed at that clinical site based on the site’s requirements.

If your assigned clinical site requires students to have a background check, your on-campus clinical coordinator/clinical placement office will inform you of the requirements and provide you with instructions and a deadline for completing the check. To assure adequate processing time prior to the start of your clinical experience, it is crucial that you complete the check by the deadline you are given. Failure to complete the check in a timely manner could jeopardize your progression in your academic program.