smokey34 said: In about 4 months i am suppose to start with part of my extensive field work. Now, i have a simple battery conviction that i incurred a few months back. Will that automatically disqualify me from doing the field work or even getting my licence?
Smokey -- Background checks are part of the process. I advise you to check with your state license agency to find out what would disqualify someone from receiving a license. If you call them, you don't have to identify yourself as a student; only as someone who is interested in school and has these questions.
I went to an AA degree info session for Radiography yesterday at a school in California and was given this info about criminal records from the speaker:
The competition for class space and jobs in Radiography is so high that the California state agency will not give a license to anyone with a felony. The state will not give a license to anyone with recent misdemeanors. Even misdemeanors that are a few years old is very iffy for a license.
Now, again, this is in California and in a program that has a lot of applicants and not many available jobs.
This is what the school's program guide said about background checks nationwide: "As of September 2004, healthcare facilities nationwide now require employees who provide direct patient care to complete a background check and drug screen. As a result, healthcare facilities also require any student who provides direct patient care to meet the same established standards."
Contact your school and ask for someone who can talk to you about these requirements for the locations where students are placed. Again, you can do this anonymously.
You are very close to completing all of the prereqs for clinicals. Do the best that you can. If worst comes to worst, all states might not require a license to practice. You might have to research and move to finish your dream. Then, after a few years, the record won't matter in any state. Good Luck