NSU HPD Catalog 2020-2021

NSU Health Professions Division 17 The following immunizations/vaccinations are required of students at the Health Professions Division based on the current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for Health Care Personnel: Basic Immunizations Every student is required to have had an immunization for, or show evidence of immunity to, the following diseases before matriculating at Nova Southeastern University (with the exception of the influenza vaccination, which is administered yearly): Varicella (Chicken Pox) One of the following is required—Proof of two vaccinations or positive antibody titer. (Lab report is required.) Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) One of the following is required—Proof of two vaccinations or positive antibody titer for measles (rubeola), mumps, and rubella. (Lab report is required.) Tetanus Toxoid, Diphtheria Toxoid, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap) All students are required to have had a Tetanus Toxoid, Diphtheria Toxoid, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap) booster prior to matriculation and must maintain immunity by continuing to remain current according to the CDC recommendations for health care personnel during their program. Due to the increased risk of pertussis in a health care setting, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices highly recommends health care workers receive a one-time Tdap (ask your health care provider). Tdap is required, without regard to interval of previous dose of Tetanus Toxoid (Td). Influenza Vaccinations are administered annually. One dose of the influenza vaccine is required each fall. Hepatitis B • Both of the following are required—Three vaccinations and positive surface antibody titer. (Lab report is required.) • If the series is in progress, evidence of at least one shot must be provided, and the renewal date will be set accordingly. • If the titer is negative or equivocal, the student must repeat the series and provide a repeat titer report. PPD Skin Test (Two Step) One of the following is required—negative two-step test or negative blood test (such as QuantiFERON Gold Blood Test or T-Spot Test) or, if positive PPD results, provide a chest X-ray and/or prophylactic treatment information within the past 12 months. Please note that some rotation sites may not accept the QuantiFeron Gold Blood Test. Arrangements Students may request that the Student Medical Center administer these immunizations. The Student Medical Center will make appointments in as timely a manner as possible. Students may call (954) 262-4100 to make an appointment. Once made, the appointment becomes the student’s obligation and must be kept. For students at other NSU campuses, appointments may be scheduled with the NSU-designated physician for their area. Students may also request that the NSU Clinic Pharmacy administer the influenza vaccination. Students are financially responsible for all required immunizations. Failure to Comply The university is not required to provide alternative sites for clinical practicum or rotations should immunization be a requirement for placement. Therefore, failure to complywith this policy may result in a student’s inability to satisfy the graduation requirements in his or her program. Relative to clinical rotation site requirements, students are expected to consult their specific college/program handbooks for compliance with any college/program-specific requirements. Dress Code Students in the Health Professions Divisionmust maintain a neat and clean appearance befitting students attending professional school. Therefore, attire should convey a professional appearance whenever the student is on the division campus and in classes or laboratory or on an experiential rotation or program. The dress code is to be observed at all times, including during midterms and examination periods. Students are expected to consult their specific program handbooks for compliance with any program-specific and clinical rotation site-supplemental dress code policies. Identification Requirements and Fieldwork Prerequisites An affiliated clinical/fieldwork teaching facilitymay also require a student to pass a state of Florida Department of Health screening before rotation. Other requirements that may be held by the affiliated facility include, but are not limited to, physical examination, fingerprinting, a criminal background check, urinalysis for drugs and alcohol, and proof of immunization. If a student does not meet all requirements held by the affiliated facility before the first day of the scheduled placement, the student’s placement will be canceled. If the placement has already begun, the student will be asked to leave.

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