McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of Health Sciences Year One

Congratulations on admission to the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Students must be cleared by the Health Screening Office before they may participate in clinical activities, including clinical skills sessions with fellow students or standardized patients. NOTE: Programs reserve the right to exclude students from class if health screening requirements are not met.

Students are required to submit the McMaster Year One Health Screening Record. Detailed instructions for completion are on the form. The Health Screening Record must be submitted by your Program deadline date below.

2019 Health Screening form under construction

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


Click on the Home or Forms & Submission tab on the left side bar for more information about Health Screening. If you have any questions contact the Health Screening Office at, 905-525-9140 ext 22249.

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2018 Submission Deadline: July 31, 2018
Midwifery Education Program MSc in Child Life & Pediatric Psychosocial Care
Physician Assistant Education Program MSc Occupational Therapy Program
Undergraduate Medicine Program MSc Physiotherapy Program


MSc Speech-Language Pathology Program

Nursing Graduate Program

  • MScN Course and Thesis Based
  • MScN & Graduate Diploma PHCNP

Nursing Undergraduate Program

  • BScN Accelerated Stream F
  • BScN Basic Stream A

Helpful tips when completing your forms

The Health Screening Record must be completed in full by a health care professional (physician, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, physician assistant). Attachments are not required unless noted on the form.

  • Make sure your health care professional (HCP) has filled in the entire form and initialed where necessary, otherwise, your form will be returned not cleared.
  • If you grew up in Canada, contact the Public Health Office which serviced your High School area to obtain childhood immunization records.
  • Tuberculosis (TB): If you do not have a documented positive TB history, a baseline two-step tuberculin skin test (TST) is required. A two-step TST is two separate tests requiring four visits to a HCP. A TST must be given either before or at least 4 weeks after a live vaccine. Ensure that tests are fully documented (date given, date read, mm induration, interpretation). If a positive TST or other positive TB history is documented, be sure to attach a chest x-ray report. For more information see Tuberculosis.
  • Pertussis vaccine (Tdap, brand names Adacel or Boostrix) is a mandatory requirement. A one-time dose of vaccine is required for students age 18 years or older even if not due for a booster. An adolescent Tdap vaccine age 14-17 years is required for students currently under age 18 years (all are in the Nursing Basic Stream A or Midwifery programs). For more information see Pertussis Vaccine (TDAP).
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio vaccinations and Hepatitis B vaccinations/serology may be in process at the time you start your program; as much as possible must be completed prior to your start date. If you were vaccinated as a child but cannot locate your records, you need to start or continue a new series; all documented vaccinations count towards the total required doses.
  • Proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (either vaccination or positive IgG serology) is a mandatory requirement. Live vaccines may be given at the same time or they must be spaced at least 4 weeks apart.
  • Serology for immunity should NOT be tested after one or more vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella or varicella. Serology should not be repeated if previous testing shows immunity.
  • Positive serology for immunity to Hepatitis B (anti-HBs) will only be accepted if the test is conducted one or more months after completion of a fully documented vaccination series. For more information see Hepatitis B Immunization & Serology.
  • Midwifery, Physician Assistant and Undergraduate Medicine programs only: Testing for blood borne viruses (Hepatitis B surface antigen, Hepatitis C antibody, HIV antibody) is a mandatory requirement. For more information see Blood Borne Viruses.

Make sure you submit copies of all documentation and retain the originals for your files. You may be asked for this documentation at any time while on placement.


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:

    "Smith, Joan PA Program"

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

    "Smith, Joan PA Program1"

    "Smith, Joan PA Program2"

  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


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