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Health Screening Information


Learners in Faculty of Health Sciences health professional programs and learners in non-professional programs with courses which include clinical activities are required to understand and comply with the Faculty of Health Sciences health screening requirements. All health screening documentation must be reviewed and cleared by the Health Screening Office.

For detailed requirements refer to FHS Health Screening Requirements.

Undergraduate/Graduate Health Professional Programs:

Learners in the following health professional programs must complete the requirements on the Year One Health Screening Record form by July 15 of their incoming year and the Annual Tuberculosis (TB) Screening form annually by July 31 for returning students as part of the non-academic requirements for their program:

  • Child Life & Pediatric Psychosocial Care
  • Midwifery Education
  • Nursing (Undergraduate and Graduate)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physician Assistant Education
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Undergraduate Medical Education

Incoming learners: for more information click here.

Returning learners: for more information click here.


Postgraduate Medical Education:

PGME learners must submit the McMaster Postgraduate Medical Education Health Screening Record form AND be cleared by the Health Screening Office before they may register for their program

For more information click here.


Non-Professional Health Sciences Programs:

Learners enrolled in courses which include interaction with patients in a clinical setting or patients as research subjects must complete the requirements on the Non-Professional Health Screening Record form. Returning learners may be required to complete the Annual Tuberculosis (TB) Screening form. Learners are notified if either of these are required for the course.



Questions or concerns about the Health Screening Record, or other health screening requirements can be directed to:

Health Screening Office

McMaster University

1280 Main Street West; HSC 3H46

Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1

Telephone: 905-525-9140 ext 22249 or 28639

Confidential Fax: 905-528-4348







COVID-19 Vaccination:

A primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine now forms part of the FHS mandatory health screening requirements.

Helpful Links:

Faculty of Health Sciences Policy Regarding Submission, Verification, and Sharing of COVID-19 Vaccination Status for Learners in Clinical and Workplace-Based Placements

COVID-19 vaccine: Canadian Immunization Guide   

Ontario Ministry of Health Medical Exemptions to COVID-19 Vaccination 


Medical and Non-Medical Exemptions

For information on requesting a medical or non-medical exemption for COVID -19 vaccination click HERE.

For information on requesting a medical or non-medical exemption for other mandatory health screening requirements please contact the Health Screening Office at


Tuberculosis (TB) Surveillance:

Undergraduate/Graduate Health Professional Programs: In addition to baseline tuberculin skin testing (TST) and annual TB risk assessment, continuing TB surveillance is required throughout the program. Learners must report to the Health Screening Office if previous negative TST converts to positive, or if they are diagnosed with active TB disease.


Influenza immunization (flu shot):

Immunization with seasonal influenza vaccine (or documentation supporting a valid medical exemption) is a mandatory requirement for all health professional programs, and for visiting electives and non-professional Health Sciences courses with clinical placements between November and June. For more information click on: Influenza Information


Student Wellness Centre (SWC):

The Student Wellness Centre provides primary care services including assistance with completing the requirements on the Health Screening Record to undergraduate and graduate students, provided they have been assigned a student number.  The Centre is open year round for both virtual and in-person appointments.  Book an appointment early to ensure your deadlines are met. To learn more or to make an appointment, call 905-525-9140 ext 27700 or see

Student Wellness Centre.


Occupational Health & Safety

The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to promoting occupational health and safety for its learners and facilitating appropriate support for learners who become injured or exposed to infectious or environmental hazards during the course of their studies or clinical training. Learners must complete mandatory occupational health and safety education modules. Learners are also responsible for reporting injuries and exposure to or infection with communicable diseases which occur during their program.

For more information click HERE

To report an incident or injury, click on ReportIt Incident Reporting tab on left side bar.


Helpful Links


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