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The following outlines health records, exam and immunization requirements for applicants to  health sciences programs.

For the full immunization policy, visit the college policy page.


Health Examination Record

Students conditionally accepted into a health sciences programs are required to complete the Health Examination Record.

Health sciences students must be free of contagion, have sufficient stamina and mental stability to fulfill the requirements of the program and the customary requirements of the profession. You must be able to:

  • Work for 8-12 hours performing physical tasks requiring strength and motor coordination without jeopardy to patient and student safety (for example: bending, lifting, turning and ambulating patients).
  • Perform fine movements and be able to manipulate instruments and a wide variety of equipment according to established procedure and standards of speed and accuracy.
  • Establish and work toward goals in a consistently responsible, realistic manner.
  • Have auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs (for example: communicate verbally, in an effective manner, with patients and other personnel).
  • Have visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for patient care (for example: read and process patient-related information like patient charts and requisitions).

Your Health Examination Record needs to include documentation of the following:

  • Students who are conditionally accepted will be required to submit a Health Examination Record completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant validating that the student meets the technical standard of good physical and mental health as established by the School of Health Sciences, and verifying that the student is free of communicable diseases as evidenced by required immunizations/titers.
  • Immunization to rubeola (measles), mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox).
  • Hepatitis B immunity or proof of 3 doses of the HBV vaccine or declination.
  • Freedom from tuberculosis evidenced by either a PPD test or chest x-ray (time frame for updated PPDs to be determined by each program).
  • An updated tetanus/TDAP vaccine.

Students must update any changes to the above as they occur.


Immunization Requirements

AACC’s School of Health Sciences bases its immunization requirements on guidelines set forth by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A few things to note:

  • Childhood vaccinations are acceptable if the dates are validated by a health care provider.
  • A clinical history of a disease is not acceptable as immunity.
  • Some immunizations should not be given to pregnant women or to those who are allergic to them. If this is your situation, you must submit a written statement from your doctor validating the circumstances and specifically what immunization you cannot have. If pregnant, the immunization requirement must be met after delivery per physician's time frame.
    Please note that clinical sites may not approve site placement of unimmunized students.

Confirmation of immunity is required for all the following diseases. Select the drop down to learn how to confirm your immunity.

Rubeola (Measles)

Immunity may be confirmed by:

  • Written laboratory results of a rubeola titer indicating immunity (equivocal results do not demonstrate immunity).
  • Documentation of two live measles or two MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccinations on or after the first birthday. If no evidence of prior documentation is available, the two vaccinations are required to be no less than one month apart. Must be validated on form by physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.

Rubella (German Measles)

Immunity may be confirmed by:

  • Written laboratory results of a rubella titer indicating immunity (equivocal results do not demonstrate immunity).
  • Documentation of one dose of rubella vaccine or one MMR vaccination on or after the first birthday. Must be validated on form by physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.

Mumps

Immunity may be confirmed by:

  • Written laboratory results of a mumps titer indicating immunity (equivocal results do not demonstrate immunity).
  • Documentation of one dose of live mumps vaccine or one MMR vaccination on or after the first birthday. Must be validated on form by physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

Immunity may be confirmed by:

  • Written laboratory results of a titer for varicella indicating immunity (equivocal results do not demonstrate immunity).
  • Documentation of the varicella vaccination series (2 immunizations at least 4 weeks apart). Must be validated on form by physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. 

Tuberculosis Screening

Immunity may be confirmed by:

  • A PPD test (tine test not acceptable) must be performed. Test must be given no more than 9 months prior to the first day of class, unless indicated otherwise for specific programs. Quantiferon blood test will be also be accepted. However, if a clinical site requests the skin test, the student will be required to have that completed.

    If PPD result is significantly positive, in duration greater than 10 mm, a chest x-ray must be performed. A copy of the report must be attached.

    If you have a history of positive PPD tests, a chest x-ray report must be submitted. The chest x-ray must be within one year of start date of class (some programs may want them at a certain time of the year).

    Students in a health sciences program need to update their tuberculosis screening annually. If student has a history of a positive PPD, they must have their physician complete a Positive PPD Questionnaire and will not be required to repeat the chest x-ray. Please email healthsciencesadmissions@aacc.edu for a form.

Hepatitis B

Vaccination against Hepatitis B is not required, but highly recommended.

Immunity may be confirmed by:

  • Written documentation of vaccine series. This must be validated on the form by physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.
  • Written laboratory results of HBsab titer indicating immunity.

Students who elect not to have the vaccinations are required to sign a declination form.

Tetanus

Tetanus immunity is required. Tetanus booster must be validated by physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Must be given no more than 8 years prior to the first day of class (for programs less than two years, the tetanus has to be good through the length of that program. Therefore it can be greater than 8 years prior to the first day of class). Tdap is recommended for health sciences students.

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