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Student Health Program


Student Vaccination/Immunization Policy

The student must provide evidence of being in good health prior to beginning the second year nursing component of the program. Health examination forms and requirements for immunizations will be sent to the student. The student must have the following immunizations or evidence of immunity:

Immunization Requirements for Nursing Students

All new students will be required to receive baseline TB screening using two-step Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) or a single Blood Assay for Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (BAMT) to test for infection with M. tuberculosis. 

For new students without prior two-step TST documentation using PPD, the first TST will need to be administered and read within 2-3 days. If the first-step TST result is negative, the second-step TST will need to be administered 1-3 weeks after the first TST result was read. 

New students with documentation of a prior two-step TST will require only one-step testing. (updated TST must be less than three months old)   

Individuals with a previously documented positive Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) or positive IGRA will be exempt from Tuberculin Skin Testing. A current chest x-ray (within 12 months) will be required to confirm no active disease. 

Documented administration of two doses of live measles virus vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity will be required.

Documented administration of two doses of live mumps virus vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity will be required.

Documented administration of one dose of live rubella virus vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity will be required.  

Documented administration of two doses of varicella vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity will be required.

Documented administration of one dose of Tdap vaccine will be required. 

Documented administration of a completed (3) dose Hepatitis B vaccine series or a signed declination will be required. (documentation of at least one vaccine must be submitted prior to starting the program) 

Documentation of annual influenza (flu) vaccination or an approved exemption (medical/religious) will be required during flu season. 

The forms, completed and signed by a licensed healthcare provider (nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, physician) must be submitted to the Employee/Student Health Coordinator six weeks prior to beginning the second year of the program. The results are reviewed by the Employee/Student Health Coordinator and become part of the applicant’s permanent record. All records must be completed before entrance into the second year of the program. 

Student Health Program
In order to achieve the objectives of the educational program, the student must be physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. The Student Health Program is designed to maintain optimal wellness of the student through education, prevention, and treatment of illness. The health program is outlined in the Student Handbook. It is managed by the School of Nursing in conjunction with Lehigh Valley Hospital – Schuylkill S. Jackson Street Student/Employee Health Coordinator. The program includes provisions for pre-entrance immunizations/requirements, annual/periodic health screening, immunizations, as well as policies related to student health management. Detailed instructions regarding health requirements for students beginning nursing courses are provided to students at an information session in Spring.

Medical Insurance Coverage
Students are required to have adequate and current health insurance coverage prior to entrance and during enrollment in nursing courses—second and third year of nursing program at Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing.   A valid copy of the Declaration of Insurance or insurance card must be submitted annually. Failure to renew and submit valid proof of current coverage by the designated deadlines will prevent students from attending class/clinical practice and could result in dismissal from the school. Should a student require health services while in class or clinical practice at Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing, they may be treated in the Emergency Department.

Physical and Mental Requirements
The applicant must demonstrate the physical and mental health necessary to meet the requirements of the nursing program.

  1. Must be able to speak and understand the English language and communicate in an understandable manner.
  2. Must be able to read and write the English language in an understandable manner.
  3. Must be able to move, walk, sit, stand, intermittently and for extended periods, in the clinical and classroom setting.
  4. Must be able to bend and lift up to 50 pounds.
  5. Must be able to see and hear or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to assure that the program requirements can be met.
  6. Must be in good general health and demonstrate emotional stability.
  7. Must be able to cope with emotional and mental stress.
  8. Must possess or be able to learn the manual dexterity required to carry out the functions necessary to meet the objectives of the program.

Drug Screen/Testing
All students beginning the second year of the program will be tested prior to beginning nursing courses. Students will be notified to report for testing by an authorized representative of Lehigh Valley Hospital – Schuylkill S. Jackson Street Campus. Continuation into nursing courses is contingent upon a negative drug screen/test.