Criminal Background Check


The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSCH) is committed to providing a safe environment for its students and employees. Section 51.215 of the Texas Education Code permits UTHSCH to obtain criminal background information regarding applicants for security sensitive positions as designated by the President of UTHSCH or his/her designee. Increasingly, a criminal background check is being required by clinical facilities in which students enrolled in clinical programs receive education and training. Furthermore, some licensing boards in Texas require criminal background checks before issuing a license to practice. Based on this background, The University of Texas Board of Regents at the July 8, 2005, meeting granted authority to all institutions offering clinical programs to amend their catalogs to inform potential students of the possible requirement of a criminal background check. Individuals who are unable to meet the schools criminal history standards may be denied admission or continued enrollment in the program.

For the purposes of this policy, UTHSCH has determined that all students are in security sensitive positions and thus may be subject to criminal background checks. This policy goes into effect immediately and may encompass current students as well as incoming students. A second background check may be required for clinical placement or other purposes at the discretion of the school and at the expense of the student. (HOOP Policy #160).


Go to and click on “Apply Here”.

Once you enter the application, please complete the following steps:

  • Fill in your contact information.  The application is based on your email address so if you need to apply again for another background check, please remember what email address you used. 
  • Click on Begin Application
  • Pay your $44 fee via to ; write down your transaction number.
  • Click “yes” if you paid and then Submit Now.  Your background check will not be started until payment is received!
  • Read through the Student Information section and provide your Transaction Number from your payment.  Click Submit Now.
  • Read through the release and then click Next Section.
  • Provide your Identity Information.  You do not need to provide a driver’s license number or issue state.
  • Click Next Section
  • Complete the Current Residence Section
  • Click Next Section
  • Complete the Previous Address Section
  • Click Next Section
  • Complete the Criminal Record Information.
  • Click Next Section
  • Electronically Sign the Student Release for Background Investigation
  • Click Submit Now
  • You will then be directed to a screen with your name on it and that you Applied for the Student Criminal Background Check.