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Graduate Clearances

The PA Child Abuse History (ACT 33), PA Criminal Record Check (ACT 34), and the FBI Fingerprint Criminal History (ACT 73) clearances are required prior to beginning the graduate program. Please be aware that obtaining some clearances, particularly Act 73 can take many weeks and allow sufficient time for the likely delay when you apply.

Some facilities may require yearly renewal of all clearances.  In general, however, the clearances are good for 3 years.  If you will be in your graduate program longer than 3 years, you may have to renew your clearances. Students are responsible for any costs incurred to obtain these clearances. 

Please note the following information:

  • ACT 33:  Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application is processed online at: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home.
    • It is recommended that you apply as: Individual 14 years of age or older who is applying for or holding a paid position as an employee with a program, activity or service, as a person responsible for the child's welfare or having direct contact with children; applying as an employee who is responsible for the child's welfare or having direct contact (providing care, supervision, guidance or control to children or having routine interaction with children) in any of the following in which children participate and which is sponsored by a school or a public or private organization.
    • You will receive an email when your results are available. You will need to log back into the website to retrieve results. PLEASE BE SURE TO KEEP YOUR USERNAME AND PASSWORD IN A SAFE PLACE, YOU WILL NEED THESE TO RETRIEVE YOUR RESULTS. 
  • ACT 34: Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check is processed online at: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp.
    • It is recommended to apply as Employee
    • A link to the results comes back immediately (in most cases).
    • Click on the case number link to obtain the certificate. Save it to your computer and print a copy.  
  • FBI Fingerprint Clearance In Pennsylvania at: https://www.identogo.com/services/live-scan-fingerprinting
    In Pennsylvania athttps://www.identogo.com/services/live-scan-fingerprinting
    • When applying through IdentoGo enter your zip code and click on the site where your fingerprints will be processed
    • It is recommended that you apply using the DHS SERVICE CODE # 1KG756 --- Employee >=14 Years Contact w/ Children
    • Your results will be sent to the mailing address listed on the application, so be sure to use a non-campus mailing address. Please be aware that results on the Act 73 application can take up to 12 weeks to come back.
    • Please check the website above for approved fingerprint scan locations. Locations are updated frequently, as more sites are approved.
    • Do not apply through the Department of Education.
      Outside of Pennsylvania at:
      https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks
    • Follow option 1, 2, or 3.
    • Your results will be sent to the mailing address listed on the application.  Please be aware that results on the Act 73 application can take up to 12 weeks to come back.
    • Do not apply through the Department of Education.

Copies of these clearances should be uploaded to Project Concert (the system will be available once admitted and  enrolled) prior to starting the program. Clearances can take up to 12 weeks to receive results. Please plan accordingly. You will not be permitted to serve in a Teaching Assistant (TA)/Teaching Fellow (TF) role or attend clinical rotations without the clearances.