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Vaccination Policies

Student Requirements to Participate in Clinical Education

The patient is the focus of all health related professions, and healthcare providers must demonstrate competency and safety during all patient interactions.  Prior to participating in Clinical education experiences (CLI 270, CLI 280, CLI 290), students must have passed all final written examinations in preceding courses with a 76% or better, they must have demonstrated competency in all skills and pass all practical examinations that have been included in preceding courses, and they must have demonstrated professional behaviors in class and in labs.

The following paperwork is required in completion at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester when the students participate in each clinical experience.  A copy of all documentation should be uploaded to  Clinical facilities will have access to this website to verify student’s required documents. Some facilities may require additional documentation and tests, which must be completed prior to attending that site.

  • Student Information Sheet
  • Student Health Form
  • Yearly two-step PPD (Tuberculosis) screening is required. Chest x-ray is required for a positive test. *
  • As per the Center for Disease Control Vaccination Recommendations** for healthcare personnel, it is recommended that students receive the following vaccines:
    • MMR: For healthcare personnel (HCP) born in 1957 or later without serologic evidence of immunity or prior vaccination, give 2 doses of MMR, 4 weeks apart.
    • Chicken Pox (Varicella): For HCP who have no serologic proof of immunity, prior vaccination, or history of varicella disease, give 2 doses of varicella vaccine, 4 weeks apart. History of the disease, proof of the vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity.
    • Hepatitis B :  3-dose series (dose #1 now, #2 in 1 month, #3 approximately 5 months after #2). Give IM. Obtain anti-HBs serologic testing 1–2 months after dose #3.
    • Influenza: 1 dose of influenza vaccine annually. Give inactivated injectable influenza vaccine intramuscularly or live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) intranasally.
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis: Give a one-time dose of Tdap as soon as feasible to all HCP who have not received Tdap previously. Give Td boosters every 10 years thereafter.
    • Meningococcal: Give 1 dose to microbiologists who are routinely exposed to isolates of N. meningitidis.
  • Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse Clearance, Finger Printing – Required Annually*. Successful completion of the PTA Program requires participation in clinical experiences.  Students can only be placed in clinical sites after a background check has been completed which discloses they do not present a criminal history.
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification from an accredited provider is required.  Only the following two courses are acceptable:
    • American Heart Association Health Care Provider
    • American Red Cross Professional Rescuer
  • Drug/Alcohol Screening

*Please note that students are responsible for payment of PPD screening, Child Abuse Clearance, and Finger Printing, as well as any additional drug/alcohol screening required by the facility.

**Please refer to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at for more information on the importance and recommendations for TB testing and appropriate vaccinations.


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