Required Immunizations and Tests for UVU Nursing Students

Student nurses are at risk for exposure to, and possible transmission of, diseases because of their contact with patients or with infective material of patients.  Immunization and TB testing compliance will be required of all students entering the Department of Nursing. Immunization requirements are subject to change based on agency requirements for participation in clinical sites.

Students will be required to take official proof of immunizations/tests to the Utah County Health Department in Provo.  The Health Department will record the information and a copy of the printout students receive should be submitted to the Department of Nursing.  This information will always be on record at the Health Department should students need an additional copy of immunizations/tests for any reason.

If unable to find childhood immunization records students may get a blood test (titer).  A copy of the official blood test results should be submitted to the Department of Nursing.  

The nursing department suggest starting this process early as some time in between may be required to get immunizations/tests if needed. 

Proof of Immunization/Test Requirements

  1. Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis: Pertussis: Tdap within last 5 years.
  2. Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR): 2 doses after 1 year of age.
  3. Hepatitis B: Documentation of completed 3-dose series or blood test with reactive results. Documentation of 6 dose series with a “non-reactive” blood test will also be accepted, as this individual is considered a “non-responder.”
  4. Varicella (Chicken Pox): Proof of 2 varicella vaccinations or proof of immunity through blood test (Titer).  Verbal confirmation of having had chicken pox is no longer acceptable.
  5. Influenza: One dose annually (Flu season begins in October and extends through the winter/spring semester).
  6. TB Test: 3 options: (1) must provide 2 negative results w/I last 6 months, or (2) 1 Quantiferon Gold (QFT) test with negative results, or (3) 1 T-SPOT blood test with negative result.  If not taken at Co. Health Dept. they will not put on the print out, must then submit results to Nursing Dept.  If positive result must indicate date of chest X-Ray.
  7. Other immunizations with documentation may be required as agency and/or infection control guidelines change.