New England College of Optometry 2014-2015 Catalog
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Professional Licensure and Certification Notice

Students who are pursuing degrees leading to application for professional licensure or certification and/or who will be participating in clinical placements or internships through their degree program should be aware that their host facility may require a criminal background check, fingerprinting, or drug screening.  Although students at the College are required to have a background check before matriculating, the clinical site may require additional checks/screenings before commencement of clinical responsibilities.  In the case of the latter, the student is responsible for obtaining and paying for the background check or other screening process and for delivering required documentation to the facility.  Although the college will make reasonable efforts to place admitted students in clinical sites, it will be up to the host facility to determine whether a student will be allowed to work at that facility.  Students should further be aware that a criminal record may jeopardize licensure by the state certification body.  Students may consult the certification body for more details.  Successful completion of a program of study at the New England College of Optometry does not guarantee licensure, certification, or employment in the relevant occupation.