Background Checks / Insurance / Immunizations

Successful Completion of Background Check and Comprehensive Drug Screening Test Requirements During the Program

  • Prior to matriculation, students must successfully pass a national background check.
  •  Students will be required to complete a comprehensive drug screen prior to starting fieldwork level one experiences.
  • Students will be required to complete a second national background check and comprehensive drug screen prior to the start of their fieldwork level two training.
  • As many clinical sites require a background check and drug screen within the previous 12
    months, students may also be required to complete a third background check and drug screen prior to the start of their last semester.
  • Additionally, some clinical sites may require an additional and site-specific background check and drug screen regardless of checks and screens completed for the Program.
  • A failed background check or drug screen may preclude participation in the didactic and clinical phases of training.
  • All background checks and drug screens are completed at the students’ expense.


Health Insurance Requirement

  • Health insurance is required of all students in the OT program and must be secured prior to the first day of class.
  • Health insurance must be continued throughout the program. Failure to continue health insurance may preclude students from participating in didactic and clinical activities and result in delay of graduation.
  • Students are encouraged to check for competitive insurance policies and rates via the federal government’s official ACA website - (you may be eligible to enroll out of the typical enrollment period) and the general health insurance marketplace website, as well as local healthcare insurance vendors. Additionally, students are encouraged to check with the local medical practices and urgent care facilities which insurances are accepted by those facilities.

Immunizations & TB Testing Requirements

  • The OTD program adheres to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recommended Vaccines for Healthcare Workers . 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.
  • Hepatitis B Series: Documented evidence from a medical practitioner of a complete HepB vaccine series or serologic proof of immunity, or evidence of contradiction*. Please note the Hepatitis vaccination is a series of 3 vaccines completed over 6 months’ time.
  • Flu (Influenza): Documented evidence from a medical practitioner of influenza vaccination for the year of matriculation and maintained annual vaccination throughout the program, or evidence of contraindication*. Required annually.
  • 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 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 and, if needed, negative Chest X-Ray results if PPD positive, or evidence of contraindication*. Following two-step PPD, one-step PPD, negative chest X-Ray if previous test positive, or evidence of contraindication 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.

The OTD Program is not in control or have input into policies, procedures and protocols at clinical institutions. It is important to understand that participating in some clinical experiences may be prohibited from some institutions/practices without completion of immunization requirements, even for valid medical and/or personal/religious reasons, resulting in the Program’s inability to place students at some clinical sites and potentially resulting in a significant delay in graduation. It is for this reason that the Program requires students to discuss such issues prior to matriculation.