Tuberculosis Testing Policy

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that is spread from person to person through the air. About 8 million new cases occur each year in the world. The purpose of TB testing is to identify individuals with TB infection and TB disease. SWOSU complies with the American College Health Association guidelines for tuberculosis screening.

Students who meet one or more of the following criteria must be tested.

  • Persons who have a health or medical condition that suppresses the immune system
  • Persons who have known exposure to someone with active tuberculosis disease
  • Persons currently holding a visa from U.S. Immigration services
  • U.S. citizens currently or previously residing outside the U.S.

Screening guidelines:

  • TB testing should be done within the 6 months prior to entrance or immediately upon entrance to SWOSU
  • The Mantoux test is the only acceptable tuberculin skin test. Only U.S. test results will be accepted.
  • A history of BCG vaccination does not exempt you from testing requirements
  • Persons with a previously positive test should submit medical records showing chest x-ray results as well as treatment and outcome