Experiential Education Manual
III. College of Pharmacy Experiential Education Policies

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C. Immunizations & Screenings

1.  College of Pharmacy Immunization Requirements

  1. Upon Admission to the College of Pharmacy students are required to provide documentation of the following completed screenings and immunizations, according to the timelines set by the College of Pharmacy admissions office
    1. TB Skin Test (2 tests required) (A second test is required one to two weeks after the first test.)
      Note: If the MMR and/or Varicella vaccines are also needed, the TB test should be done first
    2. Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis (Tdap)
    3. Measles/Mumps/Rubella (2 doses required or acceptable titer)
  2. The following immunizations must be completed or in-process: *In-process vaccinations must be started in accordance with the Admissions requirements and be completed at the earliest possible date and records turned into the university nurse*
    1. Hepatitis B Vaccination (series of three doses or acceptable titer)
    2. Varicella Vaccination (series of two doses or acceptable titer
    3. Personal or Physician (History of Disease not accepted)

2. IPPE Rotations Immunizations Requirements and Deadlines:

Many of the immunization/disease testing requirements for IPPE activities are fulfilled as a part of the requirements for admission into the College of Pharmacy. Students are reminded that all immunizations and tuberculosis screening results must be on file with the Student Health Services office (University Nurse) and must be kept up-to-date. The up-to-date component is of particular note for those immunizations and or testing results that have expiration dates associated with them such as influenza, tetanus/diphtheria, and tuberculosis screening/testing. The student has responsibility to provide this information to Student Health Services if the immunizations or screenings were done elsewhere.

Students who are assigned to IPPE activities/courses must have the following immunizations and testing up-to-date:

  1. TB Screening: done annually and must be valid throughout the time period of IPPE summer rotations. This means that the testing/screening/questionnaire would have to done during the Fall or Spring terms each year so that the screening is valid throughout the summer IPPE rotation schedule. If more than 1 year has elapsed since the last testing/screening, a two-dose series of skin testing (PPD) must be completed
  2. Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap): documented evidence of 1 dose of Tdap administered. The Td component of this vaccine must be repeated every 10 years at a minimum
  3. Influenza Immunization (IIV or LAIV) must be completed annually; usually done in the Fall
  4. Hepatitis B: documented evidence of 3-dose series completed (or evidence of positive titer)
  5. Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR): documented evidence of 2 dose series completed (or evidence of positive titer)
  6. Varicella/Chickenpox: documented evidence of 2 dose series completed (or evidence of positive titer)

All immunization/disease-testing records must be kept on file with Student Health Services:

Phone: 580.774.3776

FAX: 580.774.7121

Any student who fails meet the immunization requirements or deadlines set by the Office of Experiential Education will receive a consequence determined by College of Pharmacy Administrative and Experiential Education personnel. The most severe would be a delay of progression in the program by one semester. (See specific consequences outlined in the students section.)

3. APPE Rotations Requirements and deadlines:

In addition to the University immunizations and screening requirements, before starting APPE Experiential Rotations, the following screening and immunizations must be current through the rotation time frames and meet the deadlines set by the Office of Experiential Education (OEE).

  1. Current TB skin test. If it has been over >12 months since last test, then two TB skin tests are required
  2. For anyone with a history of a positive TB skin test, Student Health Services must be provided a copy of the positive test results, chest x-ray, and history of treatment, if any was required, and
    1. a current survey on file Or
    2. an IGRA Blood Test
  3. Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis vaccinations (Tdap) every 10 years after the childhood series
  4. Influenza Vaccination Annually

    All records must be kept on file at Student Health Services.
    Phone: (580) 774-3776
    Fax: (580) 774-7121

  5. Immunization details
    1. TB Screening:
      1. All students beginning rotation in the Fall Semester must get a TB skin test, IGRA, or complete a survey in May
      2. All students beginning rotations in the Spring Semester must get a TB skin test, IGRA, or complete a survey in November
      3. If you are past due of your annual TB test by even one day you MUST have two placed and read according to the above guidelines
      4. If you submit an IGRA or survey in place of a TB skin test, you must meet the above the above timelines and guidelines
    2. Tetanus (Tdap):
      1. If a student’s Tetanus will expire before or during rotations, you must update it to be current during rotations
      2. The due dates are the same TB screening above
    3. TB Screening and Tetanus deadlines:
      1. TB screening and Tetanus records for APPE rotations must be turned in to student health no later than the third working day of the month following the May/November deadline
    4. Influenza Immunization:
      1. Students must maintain written documentation of the immunization to provide to sites if requested
      2. Students must meet a site influenza policy if it differs from the SWOSU rotation influenza policy
    5. Influenza Immunization Deadline:
      1. Documentation of Influenza Immunization for all APPE rotation students must be provided to SWOSU Student Health by the third working day of December

For More information:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/adult-schedule/htm#hcp

Any student who fails meet the immunization requirements or deadlines set by the Office of Experiential Education will receive a consequence determined by College of Pharmacy Administrative and Experiential Education personnel. The most severe would be a delay of progression in the program by one semester.

(See specific consequences outlined in the students section.)