Pearl River Community College

Criminal History Record Check

Information as it Pertains to Students at Pearl River Community College

As per Mississippi law, all persons who provide direct, hands-on medical care in a patient’s/resident’s/client’s room or in a treatment or recovery room will be required to undergo a criminal history record check.  All RCT students are required to complete this check.  If a criminal history check does not report that a student is “clear”, the student will not be able to complete the clinical rotations that are required for an Associate in Applied Science degree or be able to obtain a license to practice. Therefore, they will be dismissed from the program.

For the purpose of fingerprinting and criminal background history checks, the term “affidavit” means the use of Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Form #210, or a copy thereof, which shall be placed in the individual student’s file. A person signing an Affidavit must affirm that they have NEVER been convicted of nor plead “no lo contender” (no contest) to any felony, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Possession or sale of drugs
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Armed Robbery
  • Rape
  • Sexual Battery
  • Sex offense listed in Section 45-33-23, Mississippi Code of 1972
  • Child Abuse
  • Arson
  • Grand Larceny
  • Burglary
  • Gratification of Lust
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Felonious abuse and/or batter of vulnerable adult

If a person signs the affidavit required, and is later determined that the person actually had been convicted of or pleaded guilty or no lo contendere (no contest) to any of the offenses listed herein, and the conviction or plea has not been reversed on appeal or a pardon has not been grated for the conviction or plea, the person is guilty of perjury as set out in Section 43-11-13, Mississippi Code of 1972. The licensed facility and Pearl River Community College shall immediately institute termination proceedings against the student pursuant to the facility’s policies and procedures.

Pearl River Community College may, at any time, request a background check at the student’s expense. If the Students is unable to pass the background check; they will be unable to participate in the clinical training required for completion of the program, therefore, student will be unable to complete the program.


Possession or Sale of Drugs: Found guilty of having, holding or selling illegal substances

Murder: The unlawful killing of a human being by another with malice aforethought, either expressed or implied

Manslaughter: The unlawful killing of another without malice, either express or implied; which may be either voluntarily, upon a sudden heat, or involuntarily but in commission of some unlawful act

Rape: Forced intercourse without consent

Sexual Battery: Hitting or touching a person on his/her clothes or anything he/she is holding in a way that indicates sex or sex acts.

Arson: The malicious burning of one’s own property or another’s with intent to defraud or prejudice an insurer thereof

Burglary: The breaking and entering the house or property of another with intent to commit a felony therein, whether the felony be actually committed or not

Felony: a crime more serious than a misdemeanor

Felonious: of the nature of or referring to a felony

Felon: Someone guilty of a felony/has a felony conviction

Felony Possession or Sale of drugs: Found with having; holding, or making sale of some illegal drug in an amount as to result in a felony

Armed Robbery: To take property from a person with force and use of some type of weapon

Grand Larceny: Theft of item(s) valued over $250.00

Burglary: The act of breaking into a place for the purpose of stealing

Aggravated Assault: An unlawful threat to use force against another which causes them to be fearful

Felonious abuse or Battery of a Vulnerable Adult: To attack, use force or blows against a person who is elderly or above age 65 or against a person over age 18 with mental or physical disabilities and infirmities who is unable to fend off an attacker. Further includes an adult residing in a long term care facility.

Carnal Knowledge: Sexual knowledge/information about sex

Unnatural Intercourse: sex acts not accepted as normal

Adultery: Voluntary sexual acts between unmarried persons

Kidnapping: To take away and hold by force

Intent to Ravish: Attempt to rape

Enticing a child: Offering something to a person under 18 years of age in order to cause them to cease resistance.

Prostitution: The act of offering sex or sex acts for money.

Gratification of Lust: Touching a person, usually a child, under age 18 for lustful or sexual purpose

Dissemination of sexually oriented material: Distribution of sexually oriented/graphic material to person under 18 years of age

Exploitation of children: To use a person under 18 years of age for one’s own selfish ends

Child Abuse: Conduct toward an emancipated child under 18 years or ages by the parents, guardian, or other Person, who cares for, has custody of or authority over the child. There are four degrees of abuse: First Degree occurs when the defendant knowingly or intentionally causes serious physical or mental abuse. Second Degree occurs when defendant willfully abandons the child, fails to provide food, clothing or shelter necessary for the child’s welfare, or commits a reckless act which results in serious physical or mental harm. Third Degree occurs when the defendant knowingly or intentionally causes some physical harm to the child. Fourth Degree occurs when the defendant abandons the child, or willfully fails to provide food, clothing or shelter necessary for the child’s welfare, or commits a reckless act, which results in some physical harm to the child.