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Additional Requirements

Two female students from the class of 2023 posing with the Roanoke Hokie MD statue at their white coat ceremony

Criminal Background Check

Most hospitals and employers now require criminal background checks and drug screening for employees and students. To comply with this requirement, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine participates in the group AAMC screening process conducted by CERTIPHI Screening, Inc. This background check, while not routinely repeated, can be conducted at any time it is deemed advisable. The AAMC does not charge an additional fee for criminal background checks unless the applicant pre-orders a report for personal reasons.

Criminal background check results are required before applicants can begin their first year of medical training. Findings of documented felony convictions will be grounds for cancellation of the applicant’s acceptance into medical school. Findings of documented misdemeanors will be considered on a case-by-case basis but could be grounds for cancellation of the applicant's acceptance into medical school.

Drug Screening

Drug screenings are done routinely upon admission to the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and at the end of the second year. Drug tests may be repeated at any time for reasonable suspicion or cause. The test is done by a local laboratory through Carilion Occupational Medicine. The results are evaluated by an independent and specially trained medical review officer. The results are confidential and available only to officials with an absolute need to know.


The medical school requires all students to present proof of required immunizations prior to matriculation and/or actual patient contact.

Students who fail to submit complete health history and immunization documents prior to the first day of class will not be permitted to attend classes or clinical rotations until all information is complete or an acceptable plan is in place to do so as determined by the Vice Dean.

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's immunization policies and procedures are in accordance with the guidelines issued by Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Carilion Clinic.