Immunizations and Tuberculosis Testing
All students are required to provide proof of immunization prior to matriculation in the MPAS Program*. As students will begin clinical experiences on their first week of the Program, unless otherwise noted, all students must provide documentation that the following immunizations and Tb testing** has been completed prior to matriculation and maintain immunizations and complete annual Tb testing throughout their training.
For immunizations, the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program adheres to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recommended Vaccines for Healthcare Workers.
- Hepatitis B Series: Documented evidence from a medical practitioner of a complete HepB vaccine series or serologic proof of immunity, or evidence of contraindication*. Please note the Hepatitis vaccination is a series of 3 vaccines completed over 6 months’ time.
- Flu (Influenza): All students are required to receive and maintain annual influenza immunization. For incoming students, proof of immunization, or evidence of contraindication*, must be received by the Fall of their matriculation year and annually thereafter.
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella): Documented evidence from a medical practitioner of a complete MMR vaccine series, serologic proof of immunity, or evidence of contraindication*
- Varicella (Chickenpox): Documented evidence from a medical practitioner for a history of having chickenpox, varicella vaccination, serologic proof of immunity, or evidence of contraindication*
- Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis): Documented evidence from a medical practitioner of TdaP vaccine within last 10 years or contraindication to vaccination*
- Tuberculosis Testing: Documented evidence from a medical practitioner of negative two-step PPD testing or QuantiFeron Gold TB test and, if needed, negative Chest X-Ray results if PPD positive, or evidence of contraindication*. Following initial two-step PPD, one-step PPD required annually.
- Meningococcal: Recommended for those who are routinely exposed to isolates of N. meningitidis per CDC recommendations. Not required by program but may be required by some clinical sites.
*Contraindications to the above will be considered on a case-by-case basis, only with documentation from a medical provider, and must be discussed prior to matriculation. Personal/Religious reasons for declining immunizations will be considered on a case by case basis and must be discussed prior to matriculation.
**COVID-19 TB Test Exception: We will allow, per CDC recommendations, for students to wait 4 weeks after their COVID-19 immunizations to complete this requirement for matriculation, however this requirement must be met during Summer I semester. Students will not be permitted to participate in any clinical activities until this is completed. It is important to understand that participating in some didactic and/or clinical experiences may be prohibited from some institutions/practices without completion of immunization requirements.