Optometry Student Handbook 2024-2025

Health Professions Division 2024–2025 89 than those enrolled in programs within the HPD, must notify the assistant dean of Student Affairs— or designee—of any arrests or pending criminal charges. A failure to timely disclose any arrests or pending criminal charges may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from NSU. Health Forms Requirements Certificate of Physical Examination Most programs require students to have a certificate of physical examination completed by their physician. Forms will be provided to each matriculant as part of the admissions package or can be downloaded from nova.edu/smc/immunization-forms. Students may request that the University Health Service perform these examinations. The University Health Service will make appointments in as timely a manner as possible. The appointments, once made, become an obligation of the student and must be kept. These certificates (whether done privately or by the university) will be placed in an appropriate site. Immunization Requirements Students must complete a mandatory immunization form, which must be signed by a licensed health care provider. The form can be found at nova.edu/smc. Students in the HPD may be required to upload proof of immunizations to multiple online portals to satisfy the requirements of their programs and the training facilities where they are assigned. The following immunizations/vaccinations are required of students at the HPD, based on the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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 NSU (with the exception of the influenza vaccination, which is administered yearly): Hepatitis B • Both of the following are required: three vaccinations and positive quantitative 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 repeat titer report. Influenza Vaccination Administered annually. One dose of the influenza vaccine is required each fall. KPCOM students should refer to their college section for specific instructions concerning the influenza vaccine. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) O ne of the following is required annually: proof of two vaccinations or positive antibody titer for measles (rubeola), mumps, and rubella. (Lab report is required.)