Notice of Criminal Records Check Requirements

The State of Georgia has a law regarding the placement of persons with criminal records in certain childcare, pharmaceutical, and medical facilities. According to the Department of Human Resources (DHR), anyone who has been convicted of a felony offense, or of neglecting or abusing a dependent person, a sexual offense or any other covered crime will not be allowed to work in certain facilities in these fields as a student, student intern, co-op student, work-study or paid employee. The following programs are affected by this law: Biomedical Instrumentation (Electronics), Early Childhood Care and Education, Law Enforcement Technology, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technology, and Practical Nursing. A satisfactory determination on the criminal records check is not a requirement for program admission. However, a satisfactory records check must be documented before a student can be placed in any clinical, practicum, lab, or internship settings that are a part of Biomedical Instrumentation (Electronics), Early Childhood Care and Education, Law Enforcement Technology, Medical Assisting, Practical Nursing, and Pharmacy Technology programs.

Criminal record checks are obtained from the Department of Human Resources (DHR) and local law enforcement agencies. The record checks obtained from DHR are marked satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Criminal record checks obtained from law enforcement list any known offense that may have to be interpreted by DHR in accordance with DHR regulations. If an offense on the criminal records check shows up as a covered crime as designated by DHR, the report is unsatisfactory.

Albany Technical College reserves the right to require a student to obtain a criminal history check at any time during enrollment at the College.

Criminal records checks are good for a 12-month period and it is the student’s responsibility to keep the record current. Because this portion of a student’s record is neither permanent nor educational, the criminal records checks will be maintained in the program department files. Please see your program department chair for any specifics policy requirements for your program. Criminal records check files may be discarded after a few years.

A criminal background check is required for students in Healthcare Technology programs by Student Pre-Check.