No; specifically, you do not need to register or pay for the Certiphi Screening background check as detailed in PTCAS. After admission to the program, you are required to undergo annual local and national criminal background checks needed for clinical education. If your criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory you may be denied access to clinical experiences at certain clinical facilities. The PT program may also deny you access to the on-site clinic based on the results of a criminal background check. Failure to complete the clinical education component of the program will prevent you from graduating from the program.
Note: A previous criminal background may impact your ability to obtain licensure as a physical therapist despite successful completion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. For specific information as to whether a criminal record may limit a person’s ability to obtain licensure as a physical therapist in the State of Washington, contact the Washington State Department of Health at www.doh.wa.gov.