The following information is for enrolled students of the physical therapy department.
The Student Handbook outlines the policies and procedures of the program. This book defines our expectations and plans for enrolled students.
Clinical education is a crucial part of any PT educational program. Students are sent, usually individually, to various clinical sites to practice physical therapy procedures and patient care under the supervision of a licensed PT. Student performance in clinical education is evaluated by both the clinical and academic faculty.
Based on recent legislation in Arkansas, students will be required to complete a background check AFTER they receive conditional admission into the program.
Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. The costs of the background checks are between $50 and $100.
Background Checks for Students Newly Admitted into the PT Program
Students who are conditionally admitted into the PT program must submit an initial background check to complete their admission requirements into the program. View the step-by-step background check guide for new PT students>>>
Background Checks for Current PT Students for Clinical Rotations
PT students must submit a background check to remain eligible to participate in the clinical experience. View the step-by-step background check guide for clinical rotations >>
Upon completion, the results of the background screening will be sent to you via email that will apprise you of the findings as well as your final score of:
- Red: Convictions or Discrepancy Found
- Yellow: Possible Discrepancy Found
- Green: No Convictions or Discrepancies Found
If any information is found that would negatively affect your eligibility for clinical placement in the program, you will be given an opportunity to challenge the information through the Adverse Action process associated with Verified Credentials. The clinical site will receive the information concerning any reports that are yellow or red and will determine your eligibility to participate in the clinical experience based on their criteria.
Student Health Insurance
Students are required to have current health insurance for clinical rotations. Arkansas State University offers each student the opportunity to purchase an accident and hospitalization insurance policy through a reputable insurance company. ASU assumes no responsibility for collecting premiums or for paying claims.
Below are some options if you do not already have health insurance.