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Student Immunization

Student Immunization Requirements

The University of Tennessee and the State of Tennessee require certain immunizations be obtained for enrollment/registration purposes. A hold has been placed on all new student accounts until your immunization records are recorded and complete. 

All students must meet these immunization requirements EXCEPT those students who take less than 9 hours per semester or those who are enrolled in a program that is 100% online and does not include any clinical rotation or patient contact.

Students may choose to waiver for one or more immunizations for medical or religious reasons. The UHS Request for Exemption from Immunization Requirements Form must be completed and signed by their college representative and by a medical provider if for medical reasons. The completed form is to be submitted to UHS.

To learn how to submit immunization records to University Health Services, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

How do I submit my immunization records?

New and returning students will use Qualified First, Inc. Instructions can be found in this online document.

For returning students needing immunization records from UHS, please use the PNC Portal.
http://pnc-portal.uthsc.edu

  1. Enter your net ID and password.
  2. Enter your date of birth.
  3. Click on Forms (at left).
  4. Click on UTHSC Required Immunizations.

Required Immunizations

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Series

You must provide documentation showing you have had the two-shot MMR series, OR you must provide documentation showing a positive titer.

NOTE: A "positive titer" provides verification that you have antibodies present in your system that indicate you (1) have had the disease or (2) have been vaccinated "successfully" against the disease. In either case, a positive titer indicates that you are unlikely to get the disease a second time.

Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis Shot
You must provide documentation showing you have had an adult TDAP (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis Shot) within the past 10 years. DTAP is not acceptable (this is a childhood vaccine). TD is not acceptable. It must contain the Pertussis. If your TDAP is older than 10 years, students must get a Tetanus booster.
Hepatitis B Series
The Hepatitis B immunization series and positive titer are required of all students and you have one academic year to complete this 3 shot series requirement.  You must begin this series before enrollment at UTHSC.  If you have completed the Hepatitis B series, you must also provide proof of immunity by titer.

You must provide documentation showing you have had a three-vaccination Hepatitis B series (aka HBV or Hep B), AND

You must provide documentation showing you have had a post-series positive titer. If you have a negative titer, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that the series be repeated once. If the repeat titer remains negative, no further shots are recommended.

Varicella Series
You must provide documentation showing you have had a two-vaccination Varicella series (aka Var or Chicken Pox), OR you must provide documentation showing you have a positive (immune) titer.
Polio Series
You must provide documentation showing you have had the polio series (aka OPV).
Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Test

 

All UTHSC students are required to have documentation of tuberculosis screening completed within 3 months prior to their start date. These records must be forwarded to Qualified First for documentation and approval. New students may elect to have a tuberculin skin test (TST) or interferon- gamma ray assay (IGRA) test completed at UHS prior to their start date. Students who have been vaccinated with the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) and do not have a history of a positive tuberculosis screening are required to have screening through a blood assay to determine screening status.

All UTHS students are required to have tuberculosis screening annually. 

Students with a positive tuberculosis screen will need to provide documentation of a negative chest x-ray and an absence of symptoms evaluation by their healthcare provider to Qualified First.   These services are available through UHS.

No student will be able to begin class or go on rotation until all results have been identified and cleared by Qualified First.  A hold will be placed on all student accounts that fail to complete this process in a timely manner.

Influenza Vaccine

College of Pharmacy Students

If you are a College of Pharmacy student, you must provide documentation showing you have had a flu shot every year. Entering Pharmacy students are not required to provide dcocumentation of the influenza vaccine until the fall flu season.

Physician Assistant Students

If you are a Physician Assistant Student, you must provide documentation showing you have had a flu shot every year. Entering Physician Assistant Students must provide documentation of influenza vaccine at time of admission to the Spring semester as this falls during the flu season.

Other Programs

Many students in other colleges may be required to get a flu shot before beginning rotations at clinical sites. UTHSC provides flu shots for the entire campus at the annual Flu Shot Day in the fall at no cost.

Meningococcal Vaccine (Optional, except for Clinical Laboratory Science students)

If you are a Clinical Laboratory Science student, you must provide documentation showing you have had the Meningitis Vaccine.

University Health Services (UHS) is responsible for determining whether or not the immunization documentation provided is adequate and complete.  UHS is available to administer any required immunizations and lab work for students.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Important Note

All entering students must complete the steps above and submit their official immunization documentation before any holds are lifted.

It is very important that you frequently check your immunizations within OpenCommunicator throughout your entire enrollment at UTHSC. All student immunizations must be up to date for enrollment/registration for each semester at UTHSC, and proof of immunizations or immunity is required.


UHS is available to administer any required immunizations and lab work for students.


NOTE: For OpenCommunicator log-in problems, contact the Help Desk at 448-2222. For additional information regarding fees associated with the administration of vaccines or titers, call 901-448-5630.

University Health Services
910 Madison Avenue, Suite 922
Memphis, TN  38163
(901) 448-5630
Fax (901) 448-7255

Last Published: Aug 3, 2018