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1. Health Requirements – Public Health




The department’s health requirements conform to College, Affiliate Agency, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, New Jersey Board of Nursing regulations, and current recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for health care workers. Health requirements for Nursing students are subject to change as new recommendations or federal/state regulations emerge. Affiliate agencies may require additional health protective testing. Department communications and course leaders will inform students of new requirements.

Physical examinations, serological testing, and vaccinations should be obtained from a health care provider of the student’s choice. TCNJ Student Health Services (SHS) in Eickhoff Hall 107 may offer limited services. Interested students should contact SHS at (609) 771-2889 as soon as possible for more information, but are advised NOT to count on getting an appointment. SHS charges a fee payable at time of service for physical examinations. Fees for services and reimbursement vary so check with SHS.

a) Physical Examination A physical examination is required prior to admission in NUR 220 and annually thereafter.  Students are advised to be examined by a health care provider of their choice over the summer. There is no standard form required for documentation. Once examined, simply ask your provider to write, date, and sign a summary statement attesting that you have been found to be in general good health for participation in clinical education. The document must be written and dated on office letterhead or prescription paper, and include the signature of the provider who performed the exam, such as a physician or nurse practitioner.
b) Two-Step Mantoux Test (PPD / TB Test) Two-Step Mantoux Test (PPD / TB Test) – A two-step Mantoux is required ONCE prior to entering NUR 220 and a single Mantoux is required annually thereafter during the fall semester. A single chest X- ray is required of those students who have a positive PPD within the last five years.

Visit 1: Receive the first injection

Visit 2: Within 48-72 Hours, go back to evaluate and measure the 1st TST

Visit 3 (Occurs within 7-21 days from the first injection). Second Intradermal injection is given.

Visit 4: Within 48-72 Hours of the second injection, must go back for evaluation and reading.


c) Hepatitis B Vaccination Series Completed Hepatitis B immunization series (three immunizations or laboratory proof of immunity).
d) MMR Two (2) MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) immunizations or laboratory proof of immunity for measles (rubeola), mumps and German measles (rubella).
e) Varicella Students must submit documentation of two doses of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccination or documentation of laboratory proof of immunity. Documented history of chickenpox disease is NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE.
f) Tetanus and Pertussis Immunization Proof of Pertussis containing Tetanus booster (Tdap) received after April 2007.
Influenza Vaccination (Flu Shot) Note: It is also required, but must be done as part of Step 2 in the fall semester. 
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