All students in the College of Health Sciences are required to have full background checks and ten-panel drug screenings before beginning a CHS program. They are also required to have immunization documents, proof of health insurance, and a signed commitment to behavioral standard in patient care on file with the tracking system within first semester (DEADLINES VARY BETWEEN PROGRAMS - See program-specific instructions for further information). All students must utilize the Castle Branch system to track their documents.

College of Health Sciences students are held to a high standard of professional behavior and conduct.  As health care professionals in training, we expect students to be familiar with and adhere to the policies listed below. Policies listed are not only University specific, but pertain to professional practice. 

All CHS Students are required to have the following:

  • Full Background Check (Criminal History, Sex Offender Registry, Healthcare Sanctions)
  • Ten-Panel Drug Screening (Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Cannabinoids, Cocaine, Methadone, Methaqualone, Opiates, Phencyclidine, Propoxyphene)
  • Immunizations and Clinical Requirements
    • The following vaccinations: MMR, Tdap, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis*
  • Tuberculosis Annual Screening (must have a two-step skin test OR one blood test for initial submission, and then a one-step skin test every year following)
  • Influenza vaccine – renewal every year for flu season
  • Proof of Health Insurance – renewal every year
  • Commitment to Behavioral Standard in Patient Care

College Of Health Sciences Academic Probation and Suspension Policy

Health Care Colleges Code of Student Professional Conduct

Behavioral Standards in Patient Care

Commitment to Behavioral Standards in Patient Care Form

College of Health Sciences Technical Standards

Blood Borne Pathogens Policy

Student Rights & Responsibilities

Emerging Diseases Questionnaire

Background Checks and Drug Screens

The College of Health Sciences requires Full Background Checks and Drug Screenings for all students. This has become necessary due to the increasing numbers of our affiliates (e.g., hospitals, schools, units) that are requesting drug testing for employees and students who are trained by them. The college works with a company called Castle Branch to meet these requirements. Students MUST complete these requirements via the Castle Branch system. Background checks and drug screens from other sources will NOT be accepted. The UK Castle Branch portal can be found here. Students can expect to pay approximately $95 to the company. Information regarding this process will be provided and will need to be completed prior to the student’s start of applicable program. The student and the college will receive results shortly after the process is completed. If necessary, the student will have the opportunity to discuss or explain any discrepancies. Students failing to submit these documents will not be granted final acceptance into applicable program.

Students must understand that this background check and drug screening may not be the last or final request, as additional checks may be required by particular clinical sites, the program, and/or college. A “positive” result during one’s student tenure may lead to dismissal from the program – students are encouraged to be proactive in conversations about potential background check issues and should contact Tammy Jo Edge at for advisement with this matter. Costs associated with these tests will be the student’s responsibility.


All professional students in the UK Medical Center are required to have all immunizations up-to-date including a T. B. test within the last year. Information regarding College and University Health Service mandated vaccinations, may be found here. Failure to comply may result in program dismissal. Students are expected to  maintain copies of their vaccination records and be prepared to present them to University Health in order to receive a student compliance form. Additional information will be provided after program acceptance.

Program-Specific Instructions for Compliance Requirements

Questions? Contact Tammy Jo Edge