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Student Criminal Background Check

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology requires all degree-seeking and graduate certificate in ABA students (domestic and international) to complete a Criminal Background Check (CBC) as a condition of acceptance and matriculation. The Chicago School has partnered with Castle Branch to provide an easy-to-access online, affordable background check option.

An offer of admission or permission to continue enrollment may be reversed if the CBC results are incompatible with eligibility to meet relevant degree, licensure, or certification requirements or if they increase risk to the school and its inhabitants and/or partner agencies and the people with whom they work.

To complete the background check visit www.castlebranch.com 

  • In the upper right hand corner of the screen, click the box that says "Place Order".
  • Enter the package code for the campus of attendance:
    • Chicago/TCSPP@XULA: TC15
    • Washington DC:  TC84
    • Irvine: TC81
    • Los Angeles: TC72
    • San Diego: TQ04
    • Online: TD51
    • Dallas: TV42
  • Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the order form
  • Once your order is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email containing the password needed to view the results of your background check  
  • The Chicago School will automatically receive the results once complete

Due Date: Completion of the CBC is required by the add/drop deadline of the second semester of enrollment for ground campus students or the third session for online campus students. Students will be placed on a registration hold during their first semester/session until the requirement is complete. Failure to complete the background check by the designated deadline may result in a student being administratively withdrawn from their program.

Cost: $45.00

Special Circumstances

New York: An additional $80.00 fee will be charged by Castle Branch for specific New York State counties where a nationwide search must be conducted. 

The impacted counties include: 

  • Orleans
  • Bronx
  • Cayuga
  • Kings
  • Nassau
  • New York
  • Queens
  • Richmond

Texas:  An individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of the educational program. Behavior Analysts are licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) and the current guidelines requiring successful completion of a state-approved criminal background check are available in the Behavior Analysts Law Section 506.252 and Administrative Rules Section 121.20 . An individual may request a criminal history evaluation letter from TDLR regarding the person's eligibility for a license if the person: (1) is enrolled or planning to enroll in an educational program that prepares a person for an initial license or is planning to take an examination for an initial license; and (2) has reason to believe that the person is ineligible for the license due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense. The request must state the basis for the person's potential ineligibility.

Illinois: Castle Branch is required to maintain signed release forms for each applicant processed through the Illinois State Police agency. As a result, students who live in, or have lived in, Illinois may be required to download the Illinois State Police release form as part of the ordering process. The signed release form must be securely emailed to expedite@castlebranch.com or faxed to 910-343-9731 to complete your order.

F-1/J-1 International Students:
  • Set the default country as United States of America.
  • Use the campus address as your address.
  • Use 000-00-0000 as the social security number. (Do not enter national health numbers).
  • Use your campus address for the billing address.
Note that you are NOT required to complete the international criminal search.