Background Study Requirement

Approved by:  State of Minnesota Vulnerable Adults Act

History: Law passed in 1995

Related Policies: Immunization Requirements

Related Forms, Procedures and References:  Student Compliance Office Website

For Questions Contact:  Student Immunization Compliance Office | 651.690.7781


Minnesota State Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients, residents or clients in a healthcare facility or other organizations have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient/client contact as a result of the background study will not be permitted to participate in clinical rotations, fieldwork, practicums or internships. Failure to participate in a clinical rotation required by the academic program could result in ineligibility to qualify for a degree in that program. Students are responsible for maintaining a copy of their background study clearance and providing it to their clinical site if requested.  The State of Minnesota charges a $20.00 fee for the online application plus an additional $9.10 for fingerprinting. All students must complete a background study application through St. Catherine University even if they have completed a background study through another entity, such as their place of employment. The Minnesota background study will be valid throughout the student's time in the program and does not need to be renewed.

Students requiring a background study are advised to contact the Compliance Office via email at studentcompliance@stkate.edu.

DHS Covid-19 procedure: At the time this catalog is published (April 2021), the Department of Human Services (DHS) Background Study Division is only issuing “Emergency” background studies for new applicants. These “Emergency” background studies do not require fingerprinting, and will expire when DHS resumes their normal processes. Students will then have to complete a 2nd (additional) DHS background study at an additional cost of $20 and get their fingerprints taken. The Office of Student Compliance will  keep students updated as DHS policy continues to evolve.