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Nursing Immunization

Immunizations and CPR Requirements

Please note that immunization and CPR requirements are a compilation of the requirements set forth 
by clinical facilities. These records must be submitted to the School of Nursing.

July 01, 2023

  1. Documentation with results of two tuberculin skin tests OR a negative TB Gold/IGRA blood test within 
    the last 12 months. Skin tests must be a two-step screening for this initial submission. These tests must 
    not expire within a semester (Fall semester is typically mid-August through mid-December and Spring 
    semester is typically early January through early May).
    1. Please note: First-time testers must have two (2) separate and complete screenings. The two 
      (2) screenings must be no closer than one (1) week apart and no farther than 30 days apart. Call 
      the Department of Nursing with questions.
    2. If ever a positive reaction to the tuberculin screening, the following documentation is required: 
      (1) documentation of the previous positive reactor, (2) a negative x-ray radiology report within 
      the last 90 days, and (3) a negative review of symptoms documented by the “Cleared for Public 
      Contact” memo from the public health department. This memo expires one year from the date 
    3. A negative screen expires one year within the date of placement/blood draw. Renew and 
      resubmit documentation annually. Those with a previous negative skin test greater than 365 
      days must complete a two-step screening at renewal.
  2. Documentation of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) immunity by two (2) doses of MMR or by 
    positive antibody titers.
  3. Documentation of varicella immunity by two (2) doses of varicella or by positive antibody titers. History 
    of varicella disease will not be accepted.
  4. Documentation of Hepatitis B immunity by three (3) doses of Hepatitis B or by positive antibody titers. 
    Completion of the first two doses must be submitted prior to the July 01, 2023, deadline. The third dose 
    must be completed by November 2023.
  5. Documentation of Tdap vaccine received within the last 10 years.
  6. Documentation of COVID-19 vaccine series. Documentation of the one (1) dose or two (2) dose series and the manufacturer of the vaccine must be submitted. SWOSU partners with healthcare facilities to provide clinical sites. SWOSU must comply with the current vaccination requirement of those facilities to place students in clinical rotations. Therefore, to be compliant with healthcare facility requirements, it is necessary for students and instructors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start of the semester and continue with vaccination requirements as facilities update them. If a student wishes to not be vaccinated, then that student will encounter barriers to program completion because of the clinical sites’ vaccination requirements. SWOSU cannot make exceptions to a requirement enacted by a clinical site facility. SWOSU Nursing will make reasonable accommodations for a student’s status that does not meet a clinical site’s vaccination requirements. This accommodation must meet course outcomes. The accommodative pathway may include, but is not limited to, alternative clinical sites, alternative clinical times, and clinical rotations outside of the traditional semester dates, including summer.
  7. Documentation of the current season’s influenza vaccine is not required until the month of October in 
    the fall semester.
  8. BLS/CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) certification from the American Heart Association (AHA) 
    “Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers” level. The date must be within the last twelve months and 
    not expire within a semester (Fall semester is typically mid-August through mid-December and Spring 
    semester is typically early January through early May). This must be renewed annually while in the 
    nursing program.