Immunization and Health Information

Health Insurance

Health insurance is required of all students in the CLS and HTL programs. Students must provide proof of health insurance (copy of insurance card) at or before orientation and periodically throughout the professional program.

All WVU students with six or more credit hours are required to carry health insurance. Students will automatically be enrolled in the WVU Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan with the insurance fee applied to their student account.  Students who have coverage under another plan that meets the waiver criteria may submit a Student Insurance Waiver Form. Information is available through the Student Insurance Office.

Physical Examination

All students must complete and submit the following forms at or before new student orientation:

The student should take these three forms, along with a printout of our immunization/titer requirements (below) and these instructions, to his/her health care provider.

Immunizations and Titer Requirements

  1. All students must have the following immunizations and titers prior to starting the professional program. We follow CDC guidelines for health care providers. View the CDC guidelines.
    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 matriculation, the student must have at least the first shot. The entire series and titer must be completed no later than December 1 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
    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
    4. Tetanus booster: within the past 10 years.
    5. PPD: The Two-step Mantoux tuberculin skin test (TST) is required within 6 months of starting the program. Thereafter, the student must have a one-step test done annually.
    6. Poliomyelitis: All students must complete the primary series and booster (age 4-6) for polio.
    7. Meningococcus: WVU requires all students to have this vaccination
  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 complete a Student Release Upon Refusal of Immunization Form.

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. The student is responsible for keeping his/her training certification up to date. Only certifications through the American Red Cross or American Heart Association are acceptable. Training courses must include a skills check-off; online training courses will not be accepted.

Documentation and Communication of Health Information

Prior to beginning the professional program, the student must submit completed Health History, Personal Immunization History, and Physical Examination forms. The student must also submit titer results and documentation of any additional immunizations not listed on the Immunization History form. It is the student's responsibility to provide updated information on immunizations, health insurance coverage, PPD results, and CPR certification. Students whose documentation is incomplete will not be allowed to participate in clinical education rotations. In addition, registration for other courses may be restricted, or course grades may be affected, for students whose documentation is incomplete.

All MLS students are required to set up a secure account in CastleBranch, our background screening and medical document management company.  All health and immunization documentation should be uploaded to this account.  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.

Revised May 2018

Questions concerning these health issues can be sent to:

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Mara Fizer

West Virginia University
Administrative Secretary, Pathology, Anatomy and Laboratory Medicine