The Massachusetts Department of Public Health establishes recommended and required immunizations for Health Care Personnel, which includes student nurses. Additionally, health care facilities have practice requirements established for personnel. For examples; a recent physical exam, annual tuberculin testing and flu vaccine, negative drug screen, BCLS certification, drug testing, fingerprinting, and satisfactory criminal background checks are practice requirements which must be documented prior to the first nursing clinical course. Some clinical agencies will require additional testing.

Students are responsible for expenses incurred for meeting practice requirements.  All clinical and health requirements must be successfully met for the student to meet the course requirements. Students not meeting the clinical and health requirements will not be able to attend the clinical requirements; and, therefore, will be unsuccessfully in the nursing course. Therefore, the student will need to withdraw from the nursing program.

Proof of compliance with these practice requirements is required to enroll in and attend nursing courses with clinical components. Students out of compliance will not be allowed in class, incur absent time, be at risk for failure and may be forced to withdraw from the course. It is the responsibility of the student to keep documentation of these requirements up-to-date and entered into and stored by CastleBranch. Enrollment fee for this service is incurred by the student.

Health and Immunization Requirements*

  1. A physical examination upon admission to the college.
  2. MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): Proof of serologic immunity of each disease. History of physician-diagnosed disease or documented proof of immunity is not acceptable as proof of immunity.
  3. Td/Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis): 1 dose then with a Td booster every 10 years.
  4. Varicella (chicken pox): Proof of serologic immunity. History of physician-diagnosed disease or documented proof of immunity is not acceptable as proof of immunity.
  5. Hepatitis B: Proof of serologic immunity (hepatitis B surface antibody test) OR if not immune, negative antigen
  6. An initial negative 2-step tuberculin skin test with an annual TB skin test thereafter. For students who cannot undergo skin testing (history of positive reaction of previous BCG immunization) evidence of a negative chest x-ray within five years and annual assessment of signs and symptoms from a medical provider is required.  If desired a QuantiFERON Gold blood test is acceptable.
  7. Annual seasonal flu vaccine by October 1.
  8. Current Healthcare Provider CPR Certification
  9. Drug Testing – 10-Panel urine drug screen with successful clearance for clinical placement.
  10. CORI and, if required, SORI – Clearance for clinical placement.

Please be advised a clinical agency’s policy may require additional laboratory testing of student nurses. The nursing program is not responsible for providing alternate clinical placements for students who are not granted health clearance from a clinical agency. 

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