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Upper Year Annual Health Screening Requirements

These are mandatory requirements for continued participation in clinical activities.

  • Students granted full clearance in Year One are required to submit annual tuberculosis (TB) screening. 
  • Students granted provisional clearance are required to complete all outstanding requirements, in addition to annual TB screening.  This includes adult pertussis (Tdap), all outstanding vaccinations for tetanus/diphtheria/polio, and Hepatitis B vaccinations/serology.
  • Students returning from a leave of absence are required to complete all outstanding requirements and any updated requirements, in addition to annual TB screening.


Upper Year Student Submission Deadline for all FHS Programs is

July 31, 2018


Annual TB Screening

Annual TB screening must be completed by all returning students AFTER May 1 and submitted by July 31.

If you are a student in the final year of your program AND your final placement starts before September 1st you are not required to submit annual TB screening. If your final placement begins after September 1st then you are required to submit annual TB screening.

Students with previous negative TB screening must submit the annual Previous Negative TB Update form. This form is prefaced with a risk assessment questionnaire. Only students who have been exposed to active (infectious) TB disease need to submit a single TST.  ** Note:  Some placement sites may require a more recent TST; students are responsible to be aware of their placement site’s requirements. **

Students with previous positive TB screening must submit the annual Previous Positive TB Update form. This is a declaration of being symptom free.

See Tuberculosis for more information.

Adult Pertussis Booster (Tdap)

A single dose of pertussis vaccine Tdap is required age 18 years or older. Students who have already completed this requirement do not need to have another booster. 

Students who were under age 18 years when they completed their Year One Health Screening Record (all are in Nursing BSc Basic Stream A or Midwifery programs) are required to have a Tdap booster after they turn 18 years of age.

If not previously submitted, provide a record of the vaccine or complete and submit the Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap) Update Form.


Blood Borne Viruses

Students in the Midwifery, Physician Assistant, and Undergraduate Medicine programs ONLY must have repeat serologic tests for Hepatitis C and HIV if their most recent tests were completed more than four years ago. If required complete and submit the Blood Borne Viruses Update form.


Document Submission

See Forms and Submission tab on left side bar for instructions.



    If you have questions please contact the FHS Health Screening Office

    Location: MDCL 3514
    Telephone: 905-525-9140 ext 22249


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