Health Screening, Immunizations, and Functional Capabilities

Nursing Admissions Announcements & Resources Simulation Lab Staff

To comply with clinical agency requirements, all students registering for clinical nursing courses are required to show written evidence of the following:

1. Health Screening

      One of the following:

  • Negative QuantiFERON-TB Gold or T-SPOT TB blood screen test (good for 2 yrs.)
  • Negative PPD or chest X-ray with the last 12 month
  • Negative PPD yearly thereafter while enrolled in the program
    • Students with a positive PPD must submit current documentation from their Medical Providers (on Health Providers Letterhead) stating that the student is negative for infective process.
    • Students whose responses indicate possibility of TB infection must submit documentation of medical evaluation and treatment, if applicable.
    • Students with a negative PPD on admission who convert to positive while enrolled in the program must submit documentation of medical evaluation and treatment.
  • Yearly Flu Shot Required August thru July. New flu shot must be taken before classes start in August.

2. Immunizations

  • Complete Hepatitis B series or serologic confirmation of immunity to Hepatitis B submitted in 1 of the three options

Hep B – Heplisav-B - 2 shot series of (completed in 2 months)

Hep B – Engerix-B, Recombivax HB or Twinrex - 3 shot series (Completed in 6 months)

Proof of Hep B Surface Antibody, IgG titer – only this type of titer will be acceptable.

  • Complete series of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine
  • Polio vaccine is not required, but students enrolled in health related courses are encouraged to ascertain that they are immune to poliomyelitis.
  • One dose of diphtheria-tetanus toxoid (Tdap or Td) vaccination within the past ten years.
  • Two doses of varicella vaccine are needed
    • Persons born 1966-1997 who have doctor or parental reports of disease are considered immune.

Serologic confirmation (titers) of immunity to measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis B or varicella is acceptable.  Evidence of measles, rubella, mumps and varicella consist of a laboratory report that indicates either confirmation of immunity or infection.

copy of the immunization record should be submitted to Admissions secretary as a process for admission.

During the nursing program, each student will be asked to show evidence of current immunization requirements required in every clinical course to each clinical instructor.  If there are further questions regarding this requirement, consult your clinical instructor. 

Please read the Admissions and Records site regarding Bacterial Meningitis.

3. CPR Card in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

Proof of current Healthcare Provider cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card in Basic Life Support for adult, child and infant. American Heart Association or American Red Cross required.

4. Drug Screen

Proof of a negative drug screen

5. Medical Insurance

Proof of current medical insurance coverage throughout enrollment of the nursing program. It cannot be a "cost-shared" insurance.

6. COVID Vaccine

Beginning November 2021: Students will need be provide proof of the COVID vaccine for clinical courses.

Functional Capabilities

The student must also be able to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the admission and education process.

It is assumed that an applicant or a student enrolled in the Department of Nursing Education will be able to independently:

Physical Senses

  • Functionally use the senses of vision, hearing, smell, and touch with or without technical (mechanical) compensation.
  • Observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.
  • Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and somatic sensation. It is enhanced by the functional use of the sense of smell.

Psychomotor skills

  • Execute functional psychomotor movements to provide general nursing care and emergency treatments.
  • Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.

Communication abilities

  • Hear, observe, and speak to patients to elicit information; describe changes in mood, activity, and posture; and perceive nonverbal communication.
  • An applicant must be able to communicate with patients effectively and with sensitivity.
  • Communication includes not only speech but reading and writing.
  • The applicant must be able to communicate effectively in oral and written form with all members of the health care team.

Intellectual capabilities

  • Utilize intellectual abilities by independently reading, writing, and reasoning, understanding logic, and asking questions for clarification.
  • Comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures.

Emotional stability

  • Demonstrate the emotional health required for full utilization of intellectual abilities and exercise good judgment.
  • The applicant must be able to complete promptly all responsibilities attendant to the care of patients and develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with them.
  • An applicant must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and function effectively under stress.

Contact Us

Dr. Tonya Maunsell
Interim Executive Director

Nursing & Allied Health Complex, Bldg #33 Suite 378