Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to do this?

Drexel’s agreements with the clinical sites require students to be fully immunized, CPR‐certified, and have background checks completed annually. We also follow the CDC recommendations for healthcare workers.

How much does this cost?

Cost varies slightly by program; most of the fees are built in your student fees. There is, however, a separate fee for the Child Abuse Clearance that must be submitted by the student.

Which address do I use on my order form?

Use any address where you can receive mail in the next 2 - 16 weeks.

Which forms get turned in where?

Certified Background is to receive everything.

How do I send the forms to Certified Background?

Scan completed forms and upload them to your Certified Background account.

I don’t have a scanner or fax machine. Can you send it for me?

You may choose to scan and email your forms from nearby stores such as Fed Ex. You may contact Certified Background for instructions on faxing your documents.

I was fingerprinted previously. Do I need to do it again?

Yes. We require a background check done specifically for your clinical rotations.

What is an IGRA blood test?

Interferon-Gamma Release Assays (IGRAs) are a blood test for TB infection. These tests require one visit and not four for the two-step PPD testing. The results are available quickly. Students who have received BCG can obtain a IGRA test. There are two types currently on the market.

            QunatiFERON ®- TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT)

            T-SPOT ®.TB test (T-Spot)

What is the difference between a two-step PPD and a PPD test?

The two-step test is done upon admission to any CNHP program. The reason for a two-step is to detect people with past TB infections who may have diminished skin reactivity with the test, called a Booster Phenomenon. The first test is done as a baseline and if it is and negative a second PPD is done within 7-9 days of the first test. If the second test is negative, the person is negative to TB. If the second test is positive the student is conducted to have a boosted reaction to an infection from long ago.

If I have a positive PPD, do I have to submit a chest X-Ray every year?

No, you are only required to submit proof of a negative chest X-ray result one time upon the initial process. You are then required to complete the signs & symptoms form annually throughout your time in the program.

I received a rejection for the Hep B requirement but I cannot provide documentation of my Hep B vaccination series from the past. Can I just submit the lab report which shows immunity?

Yes, as long as your titer is positive, we will be able to override the rejection.

Where can I take a CPR course?

BLS for Healthcare Providers by the American Heart Association and CPR for the Professional rescuer by the Red Cross are acceptable courses; check these organizations’ websites for course availability. Drexel University also offers CPR classes at

If I begin the compliance process, but have to delay my clinical/practicum to a later quarter, will I have to resubmit all compliance documentation?

This is program specific. Please contact your compliance coordinator for more information.

What if I don’t submit one of my compliance documents by the due date?

All documents need to be received by the dates outlined in order to begin clinical for that particular term.

How do I know if my documents have been successfully submitted?

You will be able to view the uploaded document in your certified profile. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure all documents are uploaded correctly and by the outlined deadlines.