Medical Exam and Vision Test

Pre-Employment Medical Examination (PEM) (Pass/Fail)

This is a comprehensive physical examination conducted by licensed physicians under contract with the CDCR to evaluate a candidate’s overall physical health. All candidates going through PEM will undergo a visual genitourinary system examination as well as a urinalysis drug screening.

PEM Process

  • The PEM is administered by appointment only.
  • The PEM date and time cannot be rescheduled. Candidates that do not appear for the PEM will be eliminated and will not be able to reapply for six (6) months from the elimination date.
  • Candidates that do not provide requested information by the due date will be eliminated and will not be able to reapply for six (6) months from the elimination date.
  • Candidates who are disqualified in the PEM will not be able to reapply for six (6) months from the disqualification date.

Tuberculosis Screening

Prior to reporting to the Basic Correctional Officer Academy (BOCA), candidates are responsible for ensuring they are free from tuberculosis with a certification from their physician.

For more information on the Medical Exam read the Frequently Asked Questions.


Vision Test

This test checks a candidate’s visual acuity and color vision. If the candidate does not have 20/20 vision in each eye, a written certification is required from an optometrist or ophthalmologist indicating that vision is correctable to 20/20 in each eye.

Note: (1) If your vision is NOT 20/20 or better in each eye, or (2) if you use any type of corrective lenses, you need to print out the Peace Officer Vision Verification (OPOS 201) form and have it filled out by your eye doctor. Bring the completed form with you on your scheduled vision test date.

For more information on the Vision Test read the Frequently Asked Questions.