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Nursing Department Immunizations and Compliance

Immunizations and Other Requirements

**Please note that immunizations and other requirements are a compilation of the requirements set forth by clinical facilities. These records must be submitted to the Department of Nursing.

August 01, 2024

  1. Documentation of tuberculosis screening. A negative TB Gold/IGRA blood test within the last 12 months is preferred. Two negative tuberculin skin tests are accepted – do note that skin tests must be a two-step screening for this initial submission regardless of prior screening. These screenings must not expire within a semester. Renew in the months of May, June, or July.

o 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.

o 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 signed.

o A negative screen expires one year within the date of the blood draw or placement of the skin test(s). Renew and resubmit documentation annually. Those with a previous negative skin test greater than >365 days must complete a two-step screening at renewal.

  1. Documentation of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) immunity by two (2) doses of MMR or by positive antibody titers.

  2. Documentation of varicella immunity by two (2) doses of varicella or by positive antibody titers. History of varicella disease will not be accepted.

  3. Documentation of Hepatitis B immunity by a complete series of Hepatitis B vaccines or by positive antibody titers. If completing a three-dose series, the first two doses must be submitted prior to the August 01, 2024, deadline. The third dose must be completed by November 2024.

  4. Documentation of Tdap vaccine received within the last 10 years.

  5. Documentation of the 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine dose. Documentation of the current dose 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.

  6. Documentation of the current season’s influenza vaccine is not required until the month of October in the fall semester.

  7. 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. Renewal dates must be in the months of May, June, or July.