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Background Screening Matrix

Florida Department of Health

Screening Levels 

  • Statewide: In-state, name-based background check performed through Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  • National: In-state and national fingerprint-based background check performed through Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
  • Level II: In-state and national fingerprint-based background check performed through Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigations pursuant to chapter 435, F.S. and s. 408.809, F.S.
  • Screened Professions
  • Non-Screened Professions (Unless Military Spouse)

The healthcare professions listed below require background screening at initial licensure and/or renewal of licensure. Fingerprints are required to be submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement electronically. Applicants/licensees are responsible for the screening costs and should be aware that fees vary by service provider. Each of these professions work in various health settings and provide services to Florida’s health consumers.


Athletic Trainers

Statutory Authorization: 468.70, 468.707 and 468.723 
ORI: EDOH4520Z
Background screening will be required for Athletic Trainers applying


Chiropractic Physician

Statutory Authorization: 460.406(2)(f), 456.039(9)(4)(a) and 456.039(9)(4)(c)
ORI: EDOH2016Z


Massage Therapists and Massage Establishment Owners

Statutory Authorization: 480.041, 480.043
ORI: EDOH4600Z


Medical Doctor

Statutory Authorization: 458.311(1)(g), 456.039(9)(4)(a) and 456.039(9)(4)(c)
ORI: EDOH2014Z


Nursing

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Statutory Authorization: 464.009(4) and 456.0391(4)(a)
ORI: EDOH4420Z

Certified Nursing Assistant by Examination
Statutory Authorization: 400.215
ORI: EDOH0380Z

Certified Nursing Assistant by Reciprocity
Statutory Authorization: 400.215
ORI: EDOH4400Z

Licensed Practical Nurse by Examination
Statutory Authorization: 464.008(1)(b)
ORI: EDOH2550Z

Licensed Practical Nurse by Endorsement
Statutory Authorization: 464.009(4)
ORI: EDOH4420Z

Registered Nurse by Examination
Statutory Authorization: 464.008(1)(b)
ORI: EDOH2550Z

Registered Nurse by Endorsement
Statutory Authorization: 464.009(4)
ORI: EDOH4420Z


Osteopathic Physician

Statutory Authorization: 459.0055(1)(j), 456.039(9)(4)(a) and 456.039(9)(4)(c)
ORI: EDOH2015Z


Orthotists, Prosthetists, Pedorthists, Orthotic Fitters, Orthotic Fitter Assistants, O&P Resident

Statutory Authorization: 468.803(2)(a)
ORI: EDOH3451Z


Pharmacy Owner

Statutory Authorization: 465.022
ORI: EDOH4680Z
Exceptions to Screening Requirement: If corporation has more than $100 million of business taxable assets in Florida


Prescription Department Manager

Statutory Authorization: 465.022
ORI: EDOH4680Z
Exceptions to Screening Requirement: If fingerprints are on file with the Agency for Health Care Administration


Podiatric Physician

Statutory Authorization: 461.006(1)(e), 456.039(9)(4)(a), and 456.039(9)(4)(c)
ORI: EDOH2017Z

The following professions are not subject to criminal background screening at initial and/or renewal of licensure unless applying for initial licensure as the spouse of an active member of the Armed Forces of the United States, pursuant to Chapter 456.024, F.S. Applicants applying for licensure under 456.024, F.S., must undergo a Level II, fingerprint-based background check.

  • Acupuncture
  • Anesthesiologist Assistant
  • Athletic Training
  • Clinical Laboratory Personnel
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
  • Dentistry/Dental Laboratory
  • Dietetics/Nutrition
  • Electrolysis/Electrolysis Facility
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Hearing Aid Specialist Respiratory Care
  • Medical Physicist
  • Midwifery
  • Naturopath
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Office Surgery Registration
  • Opticianry/Optician Establishment
  • Optometry
  • Pain Management Clinic
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Psychology
  • Radiological Technician
  • School Psychology
  • Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology