Most affiliated clinical sites require criminal background checks. As of June 27, 2006 this became a requirement by the State of Tennessee Division of EMS. Therefore, all EMT students and all paramedic students, must have a criminal background check. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliate clinical site may not allow participation by the student at that facility. This could result in the inability of the student to complete the requirements for the EMT or paramedic program. Additionally, a criminal background may hinder the ability to obtain a license from the State of Tennessee Division of EMS.
The State of Tennessee requires a fingerprint type background check prior to issuing a license. Since the approved company is different than the companies approved by the clinical sites, most students will have to get another background check at the end of the course.