A person who is interested in working as an ultrasound technician must be prepared to undergo a background check. Anyone involved in patient care will be screened for a criminal record and may need to undergo a drug test before being allowed to take classes at a post-secondary institution or the check may be performed before the student starts the clinical component of his or her training.
The criminal record check is used to screen out people who have been convicted of specific offenses. An individual who has a history of committing assault or sexual assault will not be able to work in this field. Likewise, those individuals who have committed offenses involving theft or fraud are also disqualified. The student will be asked to pay for the cost of conducting the criminal record check.
Drug tests are conducted to screen for a number of substances. A student enrolled in an ultrasound technician program can expect to undergo a urine or blood test to detect the following:
The testing would be conducted under strictly-controlled conditions so that the students providing the sample cannot cheat. If a person tests positive for one of these substances, the usual procedure is to repeat the test a second time to confirm the result. Failing the drug test the second time means the individual will not be allowed to enroll or continue in the program.