Immunization Guidelines/Infectious Disease Prevention
All students must submit documentation (a physician statement or copy of the medical record) of immunizations and tuberculosis screening upon admission to the nursing program.
- TB skin test (PPD): Obtain a PPD tuberculin skin test or present documentation of chest x-ray or symptom screening. Students must be tested annually thereafter or submit documentation of symptom screening annually.
- MMR vaccine: Provide proof that they have received the MMR vaccine since 1980, or antibody titer. This does not need to be repeated.
- Tetanus and Diphtheria: Immunized within the last 10 years.
- Poliomyelitis: If the immunization record is not available, student or parents memory of receipt of primary series with booster may serve as adequate proof of immunization. If immunization status cannot be documented, a primary series must be initiated.
- Varicella: History of prior varicella or varicella-zoster antibody as determined by a certified laboratory must be provided.
- Hepatitis B Vaccine: Proof of receipt of Hepatitis B vaccine series must be provided. The student must have had the first injection in the series before the first day of class.
- Influenza: Influenza vaccine is REQUIRED annually.
OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard is the basis for infection control for the School of Nursing. Basic B.S.N. students receive instruction and a printed copy of the Standard upon entry to the nursing program. B.S.N. and RN-B.S.N. students are expected to use standard/universal precautions appropriately.