Immunizations and Health

Health Insurance

Health insurance is required for all full-time students at WVU, including DPT students.

Students must provide proof of health insurance (copy of insurance card) at or before orientation and periodically throughout the professional program.

Information on insurance for students at WVU is available at: http://studentinsurance.wvu.edu/

Physical Examination

All students must complete and submit the following forms before the first day of classes:

Immunizations and Titer Requirements

  1. We follow CDC guidelines for health care providers (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6007a1.htm). Please pay specific attention to deadlines noted in bold text.
    1. Hepatitis B:
      1. Shots: 3 dose series IM (0, 1 and 6 mos.)
      2. Titer: IgG anti-HBs 1-2 mos. after dose #3
        (If the Hepatitis series is not complete before before the first day of classes, the student must have at least the first shot. The entire series and titer must be completed before the end of the fall semester of the first professional year.)
    2. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
      1. Shots: 2 doses, 4 weeks apart (if born later than 1957)
      2. Titer: IgG titer 1-2 mos. after last shot
        (Due before the first day of classes)
    3. Varicella:
      1. Shots: 2 doses, 28 days or more apart (if non-immune titer or no prior infection)
      2. Titer: IgG titer 1-2 mos. after last shot
        (Due before the first day of classes)
    4. Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis (tDAP) Tetanus booster: within the past 10 years.(Due before the first day of classes)
    5. PPD: The Two-step Mantoux tuberculin skin test (TST) is required before October 1 of the first year. Thereafter, the student must have a one-step test done annually (Due before October 1 each year)
    6. Poliomyelitis: All students must complete the primary series and booster (age 4-6) for polio. (Due before the first day of classes)
    7. Meningococcus: WVU requires all students to have this vaccination (Due before the first day of classes)
    8. Influenza: A new vaccine is released each fall prior to the onset of “flu season.” Most healthcare facilities require annual flu shots for all personnel, including students and volunteers.
      (DUE: By November 1 each year).
      PROVISO: This requirement will be tracked using CertifiedBackground beginning with the Class of 2018
  2. For non-immune titers:
    1. Hepatitis- restart the series
    2. MMR- give a third MMR shot, no repeat titer required
    3. Varicella- administer two vaccines and repeat titer
  3. Any student who declines immunizations for religious or other reasons must be made aware of potential personal dangers and will be required to sign a waiver. This can be downloaded HERE. Please forward this completed form to the Office of Student Services/Professional Programs.

CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) Training

Each student must be certified in adult, child, and infant CPR and choking. This training must occur no later than October 1 of the First Year and be maintained throughout the remainder of the professional curriculum. Mandatory retraining will be offered each fall to cover subsequent Clinical Affiliations. Students who do not recertify through the Division offerings are responsible for obtaining the appropriate certifications on their own. Only certifications from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association at the BLS (Basic Life Support) level for healthcare providers are acceptable. Training courses must include a skills check-off; online training courses will not be accepted.

HIPAA and OSHA Training

All students are required to complete training in HIPAA regulations regarding confidentiality of patient information and OSHA regulations regarding exposure to/transmission of infectious diseases. This training is included in the Fall Semester, First Year coursework. The OSHA training must be renewed annually via an online training module.

Documentation and Communication of Health Information

Prior to beginning the professional program, the student must submit completed Personal Immunization History and Student Health Examination forms. The student must also obtain titer results and documentation of any additional immunizations not listed on the Immunization History form. All information must be uploaded into the www.castlebranch.com Document Tracker. The student will have online access to his/her own database report. Additional information on completing this process will be emailed to incoming students and posted on SOLE. Students are advised to read these instructions carefully.

It is the student's responsibility to provide updated information on immunizations, health insurance coverage, PPD results, and CPR certification. Students whose files are incomplete will not be allowed to participate in course lab sections that involve patients or clinical education rotations. In addition, registration for other courses may be restricted, or course grades may be affected for students whose files are incomplete.

Before a student begins a clinical rotation, the academic program must verify to the clinical site that the student has complied with the health requirements. Some sites may request additional documentation, such as copies of immunization cards, lab reports, etc. In this case, the student will be notified and will be required to furnish the clinic with the appropriate records or access to her/his CertifiedBackground.com Document Tracker database.

Questions concerning these health issues can be sent to Kristen Mullins 
Phone: (304) 293-8897.