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Upper Year Health Screening Requirements

This is to provide you with the information you will need in order to meet the annual Communicable Disease screening requirements at McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences.  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 March 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 had significant exposure to an individual with active TB disease or who have worked in a health care facility at high risk for exposure to active 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 How to submit your annual update documents below.



    If you have questions please contact the FHS Health Screening Office

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


Undergraduate Medicine Clerkship Visiting Electives:

Medical students applying for electives at other Canadian Universities during their clerkship need to complete a separate AFMC Student Portal Immunization and Testing form available here:

  • Before Jan 10, 2018: Students may submit either the 2017 or 2018 form (without the 2017/18 Transition Addendum). Students who have already had the 2017 form completed do not need to have the 2018 form completed for future applications.
  • As of Jan 10, 2018: Students who have not had the 2017 form completed previously should complete the 2018 form. Students who have already had the 2017 form completed may submit the 2017 form along with the 2017/18 Transition Addendum.
  • 2017/18 Transition Addendum: The Addendum is completed by the student and does not need to be signed by a health care professional (McMaster students do not need to complete Section C on the Addendum – that is for students applying to come to McMaster for an elective).
  • Click here for checklist of requirements on the 2018 form




How to submit your annual update documents:

Retain all original forms and your supporting documentation 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


    **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:

    Citrix ShareFile Security and Compliance


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