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Background Screening Matrix

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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)
Healthcare professions requiring background screening at initial licensure and/or renewal of licensure.

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

Statutory Authorization: 464.009(4) and 456.0391(4)(a)
Service Performance Location: Health Settings
Client Served: Health Consumers
Screening Level: National
Screening Cost/Who Pays: Fees vary by service provider/Applicant
Screening Method (Paper, Electronic, Both): Electronic
Rescreening Requirements: Statewide at Licensure Renewal



Certified Nursing Assistant by Examination

Statutory Authorization: 400.215
Service Performance Location: Health Settings
Client Served: Health Consumers
Screening Level: Level II
Screening Cost/Who Pays: Fees vary by service provider/Applicant
Screening Method (Paper, Electronic, Both): Electronic
Rescreening Requirements: None



Certified Nursing Assistant by Reciprocity

Statutory Authorization: 400.215
Service Performance Location: Health Settings
Client Served: Health Consumers
Screening Level: Level II
Screening Cost/Who Pays: Fees vary by service provider/Applicant
Screening Method (Paper, Electronic, Both): Electronic
Rescreening Requirements: None



Licensed Practical Nurse by Examination

Statutory Authorization: 464.008(1)(b)
Service Performance Location: Health Settings
Client Served: Health Consumers
Screening Level: National
Screening Cost/Who Pays: Fees vary by service provider/Applicant
Screening Method (Paper, Electronic, Both): Electronic
Rescreening Requirements: None



Licensed Practical Nurse by Endorsement

Statutory Authorization: 464.009(4)
Service Performance Location: Health Settings
Client Served: Health Consumers
Screening Level: National
Screening Cost/Who Pays: Fees vary by service provider/Applicant
Screening Method (Paper, Electronic, Both): Electronic
Rescreening Requirements: None



Registered Nurse by Examination

Statutory Authorization: 464.008(1)(b)
Service Performance Location: Health Settings
Client Served: Health Consumers
Screening Level: National
Screening Cost/Who Pays: Fees vary by service provider/Applicant
Screening Method (Paper, Electronic, Both): Electronic
Rescreening Requirements: None



Registered Nurse by Endorsement

Statutory Authorization: 464.009(4)
Service Performance Location: Health Settings
Client Served: Health Consumers
Screening Level: National
Screening Cost/Who Pays: Fees vary by service provider/Applicant
Screening Method (Paper, Electronic, Both): Electronic
Rescreening Requirements: None



Chiropractic Physician

Statutory Authorization: 460.406(2)(f) and 456.039(4)(a)
Service Performance Location: Health Settings
Client Served: Health Consumers
Screening Level: National
Screening Cost/Who Pays: Fees vary by service provider/Applicant
Screening Method (Paper, Electronic, Both): Electronic
Rescreening Requirements: Statewide at Licensure Renewal



Massage Therapists and Massage Establishment Owners

Statutory Authorization: 480.041, 480.043
Service Performance Location: Health Settings
Client Served: Health Consumers
Screening Level: National
Screening Cost/Who Pays: Fees vary by service provider/Applicant
Screening Method (Paper, Electronic, Both): Electronic
Rescreening Requirements: None



Medical Doctor

Statutory Authorization: 458.311(1)(g) and 456.039(4)(a)
Service Performance Location: Health Settings
Client Served: Health Consumers
Screening Level: National
Screening Cost/Who Pays: Fees vary by service provider/Applicant
Screening Method (Paper, Electronic, Both): Electronic
Rescreening Requirements: Statewide at Licensure Renewal



Osteopathic Physician

Statutory Authorization: 459.0055(1)(j) and 456.039(4)(a)
Service Performance Location: Health Settings
Client Served: Health Consumers
Screening Level: National
Screening Cost/Who Pays: Fees vary by service provider/Applicant
Screening Method (Paper, Electronic, Both): Electronic
Rescreening Requirements: Statewide at Licensure Renewal



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

Statutory Authorization: 468.803(2)(a)
Service Performance Location: Health Settings
Client Served: Health Consumers
Screening Level: National
Screening Cost/Who Pays: Fees vary by service provider/Applicant
Screening Method (Paper, Electronic, Both): Electronic
Rescreening Requirements: Statewide at Licensure Renewal



Pharmacy Owner

Statutory Authorization: 465.022
Service Performance Location: Health Settings
Client Served: Health Consumers
Screening Level: National
Screening Cost/Who Pays: Fees vary by service provider/Applicant
Screening Method (Paper, Electronic, Both): Electronic
Rescreening Requirements: None
Exceptions to Screening Requirement: If corporation has more than $100 million of business taxable assets in Florida



Prescription Department Manager

Statutory Authorization: 465.022
Service Performance Location: Pharmacy Facilities
Client Served: Health Consumers
Screening Level: National
Screening Cost/Who Pays: Fees vary by service provider/Applicant
Screening Method (Paper, Electronic, Both): Electronic
Rescreening Requirements: None
Exceptions to Screening Requirement: If fingerprints are on file with the Agency for Health Care Administration



Podiatric Physician

Statutory Authorization: 461.006(1)(e) and 456.039(4)(a)
Service Performance Location: Health Settings
Client Served: Health Consumers
Screening Level: National
Screening Cost/Who Pays: Fees vary by service provider/Applicant
Screening Method (Paper, Electronic, Both): Electronic
Rescreening Requirements: Statewide at Licensure Renewal


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