McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of Health Sciences Year One

Congratulations on admission to the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. All learners entering the following undergraduate and graduate Health Professional Programs must complete the Year One Health Screening Record form and be cleared by the Health Screening Office:

Child Life & Pediatric Psychosocial Care

Midwifery Education

Nursing Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Occupational Therapy

Physician Assistant Education


Speech-Language Pathology

Undergraduate Medical Education



Deadline for submitting the Year One Health Screening Record:  July 15th

Deadline for clearance for all programs:  September 1st


Students who are not cleared or provisionally cleared cannot participate in clinical activities and may be excluded from class by their Program.

Start early and submit on time even if all the requirements are not completed!

If you received a late offer to your program, please submit your Health Screening Record by the deadline even if not 100% complete; for further instruction contact


To download the Year One FHS Health Screening Record click on the following link:

Year One FHS Health Screening Record


Year One Health Screening Requirements Checklist




Click on the Home or Forms & Submission tab on the left side bar for more information.

If you have questions contact the Health Screening Office at, 905-525-9140 ext 22249.


Helpful tips when completing your forms

  • The purpose of the form is to provide baseline health screening information; additional vaccinations and/or tests may be required after the form is reviewed by the Health Screening Office. Start EARLY as some requirements take several weeks to complete.
  • Locate previous records BEFORE having the form completed. Records may be obtained from your family physician or other primary care provider, Occupational Health Services if you worked or volunteered in a hospital, or Public Health Services where you attended high school in Canada. If previous records are missing or incomplete, you will need to complete a new series for required vaccinations.
  • Complete the Student Information section in full. An email address is required for communication with the Health Screening Office. Please add to your safe senders list to ensure that you receive our emails. 
  • Information documented on the form must be completed and initialed by a qualified health care professional (physician, nurse, physician assistant, pharmacist). Health care professional (HCP) information, signature and date are required for each HCP who provides documentation on the form.  
  • Vaccination ONLY is required for measles, mumps and rubella; IgG antibody serology will not be accepted. Make sure TB screening is fully completed before receiving a live vaccine (MMR, Varicella).
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria-Polio vaccines and Hepatitis B vaccines/test for immunity (anti-HBs) may be in process at program start; as much as possible must be completed prior to program start for provisional clearance. All other requirements must be fully completed by September 1st for clearance. Exemptions are allowed for medical reasons only, in which case a note from a physician is required.   
  • Keep a copy of all documents on file in case they are required by your clinical placement.   Documents submitted to the Health Screening Office are NOT returned.

For more information on specific requirements click on the following links:


Pertussis Vaccine (TDAP)

Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella

Hepatitis B Immunization & Serology

Blood Borne Viruses



How to Submit your Health Screening Record & Supporting Documentation

Retain the original of all documents for your files and submit copies to the FHS Health Screening Office in one of three ways:

  1. Preferred method is electronically via Sharefile** (secure document collection) using the following: link:

    [Upload documents here]

    NOTE: Scan your forms as a single JPEG or PDF document and save your file as "last name, first name, PGMD". For example:

    "Shah, Joan PA Program"

    If uploading multiple documents save them with the same file name and then number them. For example:

    "Shah, Joan PA Program1"

    "Shah, Joan PA Program2"


    Enter your program name under "company" on the upload page.

  2. Confidential Fax:  905-528-4348
  3. In Person / Mail copies only:
  4. McMaster FHS Health Screening
    1280 Main Street West, MDCL 3514
    Hamilton ON L8S 4K1
    Att: Patricia Hartnett


**Citrix ShareFile uses industry-standard efforts to safeguard the confidentiality of information; note that no method of transmission over the internet is fully secure. For more information, see:

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