Nursing Program Admission, Selection and Enrollment of Students: Student Health Policy
The purpose of the Nursing Program Admission, Selection and Enrollment of Students: Student Health Policy is to inform qualified nursing applicants of the student health and immunization requirements of the Nursing Program.
All Nursing students are required to submit Massachusetts Department of Public Health immunizations records to the College’s Student Immunization Records Office by the Program’s deadline of July 15th. This includes immunization requirements of clinical agencies. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program. All health science students, including Nursing students, must begin the Hepatitis B vaccine series at least six months before the deadline.
Health and Immunization Requirements
- A Physical Exam within one year of the Program’s start, submitted on the CCCC Health Sciences Program Physical Exam & Immunization Form. This form will be given to students by the Nursing Program once accepted or may be downloaded from the Student Immunizations Records web page.
- Hepatitis B: Three (3) Hep B vaccines and a Hepatitis B surface antibody titer result. Also see document entitled “Acknowledgment of Risk of Acquiring Hepatitis B without Proof of Immunity”.
- MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella): Two (2) MMR vaccines or positive antibody titer indicating immunity.
- Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis): One (1) adult Tdap vaccine then Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria) if it has been more than 10 years since Tdap.
- Tuberculosis Screening: PPD (TB skin test) or TB blood test with negative results within the last year and annually thereafter. Participation in required clinical experiences may necessitate a two-step PPD. If PPD is positive, a negative chest x-ray within 2 years and a non-symptom report must be submitted annually or a TB blood test annually. Students with a positive PPD need to complete the Non-Symptom Report Questionnaire available on the Student Immunizations Records web page.
- Varicella (chicken pox): Two (2) Varicella vaccines or a positive antibody titre of immunity. Note: Having had chicken pox disease DOES NOT satisfy requirement; Varicella positive antibody titre is required.
- Flu vaccine: A seasonal flu vaccine may be required to meet clinical agency requirements.
- Meningococcal: One dose of (MenACWY) vaccine will be required for full time (12 credits or more) students 21 years and younger administered on or after the 16th birthday.
Immunization records may be submitted in-person, emailed or faxed to the Student Immunizations Records Office.