Clinical Compliance Checklist
Certifications & Immunizations
- Background Check: All nursing students are subject to a background screening. You will be personally notified when you are required to complete this screening after you have made your deposit to Admission. The cost is approximately $51.40 with an additional $13.25 to Missouri Family Care Safety Registry. You may access our background policy here.
- Drug Screening: All nursing students are subject to a urinary drug screening. You will be personally notified when you are required to complete this screening. The cost is approximately $36. You may access the drug testing policy on the nursing homepage.
- Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS): Documentation includes proof of current BLS Healthcare Provider certification taken through the American Heart Association with a two-year expiration date. The cost ranges from $50-$75. Make sure the course is truly an American Heart Association course and not just listed as “AHA” standards. The American Red Cross is not acceptable certification for this requirement. Please note: active certification is required – renew before expiration date.
- First Aid Certification: Documentation includes proof of an approved first aid course taken within the last two years. The cost ranges from $15-$30. The First Aid course can be taken either through the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross as an on-site classroom course or online with the following course ONLY: http://www.onlinecprcertification.net/cms/firstaidcourse.php (renewal of First Aid Certification not required, link opens in new window).
The financial implications of obtaining the following immunizations will vary. Many applicants will have received many of these in childhood.
- Hepatitis B Immunization: Adequate documentation of the following: three immunizations taken over a period of six months. Three immunizations is a complete series. The second Hep B immunization must be given no earlier than 4 weeks from the first, and the third given no earlier than 6 months from the first immunization. You need to have at least the first two immunizations in the series documented and submitted before you may begin clinical. Though not recommended, this vaccine can be waived but a signed waiver must be completed.
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella: Provide one of the following: a) adequate documentation of two MMR vaccinations at least 4 weeks apart, or b) proof of immunity as evidenced by a positive titer for each disease – measles, mumps and rubella.
- Seasonal Flu Immunization: This immunization is not required until you have already started classes. The Clinical Compliance Coordinator will inform you via email when the current flu shot is available (not before September 1). At that time, you will be given a deadline for obtaining your seasonal flu shot documentation.
- TB Screening: Upon entrance to the program, individuals must provide proof of the absence of active Tuberculosis (TB) disease. An initial TB skin test (TST) or IGRA (blood test for TB) will be required to have been done within one year of starting the nursing program. If a TB skin test has never been completed previously or if it has been more than 12 months since your last TB skin test, a 2-step TB skin test is required. A 2-step TB skin test consists of two TB skin tests 1-3 weeks apart. The TB test is placed and read within 48-72 hours; then the same procedure (placement and reading) is completed again no sooner than 7 days later. A 2-step TB skin test involves a total of four visits to the clinic (placement – 48 hours – read – +1 week – placement – 48 hours – read).
A single IGRA blood test (Interferon-Gamma-Release Assay, such as Quantiferon Gold for TB or T-Spot) may be completed in lieu of TB skin testing. A TB Skin Test or IGRA is required annually.
Tdap: Provide adequate documentation of one dose of Tdap and current Td booster if more than ten years since Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis).
- Varicella (chickenpox): Provide one of the following: (a) adequate documentation of two varicella vaccinations at least 4 weeks apart, or (b) proof of immunity as evidenced by a positive varicella titer.