Immunization Policies

Associate Degree Nursing Health Requirements

Students admitted to the nursing program are encouraged to have all immunizations up to date. Newly admitted students must provide the following health screening results prior to clinical experience:

  1. Documentation of Two-Step TB screening test results (Tine, Mantoux, or chest x-ray) within the 6 months prior to initial enrollment in their first nursing course and annually, thereafter. If the TB test results are positive, documentation of medical follow-up must be provided. **
  2. Documentation of Hepatitis B series immunization or completion of a Declination Form prior to enrollment in their first nursing course.
  3. Documentation of MMR (measles-mumps-rubella), DPT or TDap immunization or titers showing sufficient immune status prior to enrollment in their first nursing course. The CDC considers persons who received MMR before 1957 are generally considered immune to measles and mumps. All adults born in 1957 or later should have documentation of 1 or more does of MMR vaccine unless they have a medical contraindication to the vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity to each of the three diseases. A routine second dose of MMR vaccine, administered a minimum of 28 days after the first dose, is recommended for adults who are students in a postsecondary educational institution. Check with your physician if you received vaccination prior to 1980.
  4. Documentation of annual FLU shot is required.

**Second year students must provide documentation of TB screening prior to clinical.

Because students assume all personal liability while in the program, it is highly recommended that all students obtain health insurance and maintain it throughout the duration of the program in case of an illness or injury (such as a needle stick). A student who becomes seriously ill or pregnant or who sustains injury must have a physician clearance to resume clinical experience.

Students must be aware that nursing requires considerable physical stamina due to the volume of work involved and the significant time spent walking, standing, or lifting during the clinical experience. Based on the experiences of a given clinical day, the students time for lunch or breaks may vary.

State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) Immunization Policy

  1. Below you will find a list of items that need to be completed within the first 2 weeks of class. You can either go to your own physician or the nearest health department to get the PPD (Tuberculosis TB Test) which is required for all nursing programs:
    • PPD or proof if you have had one in the last 12 months, or chest x ray if you cannot be tested. This will require you going back to the physician within 48-72 hours so they can check the site for reaction (if you get the PPD).
    • Hepatitis is recommended but not required
    • The flu shot is recommended but not required.