Accepted program students must provide documentation of current immunizations after acceptance and prior to beginning School of Health Education core-program courses.
Refer to your program's Accepted Student Checklist for important immunization instructions and deadlines.
*Please note: Nursing Assistant program students are required to submit this documentation prior to enrollment.
Immunization is an important and necessary expectation of students enrolled in School of Health Education programs. Immunization protects you from contracting potentially deadly communicable diseases from those you come in contact with. Immunization also prevents you from infecting others. This factor is especially important when working at a clinical site where students are exposed to many patients, families, visitors and other healthcare workers.
Most clinical sites require proof of immunization before you can be assigned a clinical rotation at their healthcare facility, and almost all healthcare facilities will require proof of immunization before they will hire you. In order to move forward with your academic and professional career in healthcare, we strongly encourage you to get immunized and stay current on your immunizations. Refusing to get immunized is a personal choice, but it does carry negative consequences that you should be aware of.
Declining to document or be current with expected immunization will likely result in clinical sites refusing to accept you in their facility. This may prevent you from attending required clinical rotations, resulting in unsuccessful completion of your clinical assignment, your course, and ultimately your program.
Programs expect that students understand the implications of not being immunized or not being current with their immunizations. They expect all students to be current with their immunizations (or positive anti-body titers), which may include any or all of the following:
- Two (2) MMRs (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
- Two (2) Varicella vaccinations (dated at least four weeks apart) OR a titer lab report, reflecting immunity
- TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis)
- Hepatitis B
- 2-step Tuberculosis (TB) skin test; if you have previously tested positive for TB and cannot provide negative chest x-ray results, you may be denied participation in clinical practice.
While immunizations are strongly encouraged, students can choose to decline by completing the Health Program Immunization Declination Form. Please contact your program director or the Dean of the School of Health Education at (608) 246-6065 to obtain this form. It is important to note that even with a signed declination form, clinical sites will likely refuse to accept you in their facility.