Frequently Asked Questions
What is the process of a two step TB skin test?
The TB skin test is also called the Mantoux tuberculin skin test (TST).
The two-step TB skin test will require 4 visits to your doctor. The TB skin test is performed by injecting a small amount of fluid (called tuberculin) into the skin on the lower part of the arm. Two days later you will visit your doctor again to look for a reaction on your arm. The result depends on the size of the raised, hard area or swelling. One week later you will visit the doctor a third time. The doctor will inject the tuberculin into the skin on the lower part of the other arm. Two days later you will visit your doctor to look for a reaction.
How often do I have to do the two-step TB skin test?
Only once in your lifetime.
What should I do if my TB skin test is positive?
Your doctor will order a chest x-ray. You will need to show the chest x-ray report when you have your Clearance Review appointment.
How often is the chest x-ray required?
A chest x-ray is required every 2 years.
What note is required if I am TB positive?
You will need a note from your doctor stating that you “are free of signs and symptoms of active TB.
How often is a doctor’s note required?
If you tested TB positive the doctor’s note is required annually.
Why do I need a doctor note if the chest x-ray says I am clear?
The doctor is required to examine you every year to determine if you have any signs or symptoms of active TB.
If my TB skin test is negative what do I need to do?
You will be required to have a repeat TB skin test every year.
What lab reports are required?
If you are in the Nursing or PSW program you are required to provide lab reports for MMR, Varicella and Hep B.
ECE students do not require lab reports.
If I do not have a record of having received the Polio vaccine what should I do?
Your doctor can give you a Polio booster shot.
My lab reports show that I am not immune to Hep B and measles. What should I do?
Your doctor should start you on a 2nd series of Hep B. You should also receive a MMR booster shot.
How many doses of Hep B do I require if I am not immune
Your doctor will usually give you 2 doses of Hep B one month apart.
Do I require another Hep B lab report after my 2nd series of Hep B?
Yes. You can have your blood work done one month after your last dose of Hep B. This lab report will be required for your next clinical clearance.
How often do I require lab reports?
Only once if you show immunity.
How often do I need to have the Tetanus/Diptheria shot?
This vaccine is required every 10 years.
If I book a Clearance Review appointment when do I receive a link to the secure form?
You will receive a link the evening before your appointment.
When will the nurse review my documents?
Our nurses log in to review students' documents at 9 am the day of your appointment. The nurse will be reviewing several student documents throughout the day. Please be patient as it can a nurse up to 3 days to review your documents.
If I am clear for placement what do I receive after my appointment?
You will receive a Summary Report summarizing your immunization status indicating that you are clear for placement.
What if I am not cleared?
You will be advised what documentation you still need to complete via email and in the Summary Report. You will need to book a Return Clearance appointment to show these documents once you receive them.
What First Aid or CPR course should I take?
If you are a nursing or PSW student you should take the Standard First Aid HCP CPR course.
You will also need to take the HCP CPR (BLS) course every year after you have completed your Standard First Aid course.
If you are an ECE student you should take the Standard First Aid CPR C course.
How long does the First Aid course take to complete?
This is a blended course. You will be sent a link to the online course when you register. You should start the online course at least a week before your in-person practical session. It may take 4 hours to complete.
Do I need to pass the online course to attend the practical session?
Yes, you must achieve an 80% pass to attend the in-person practical session.
Please bring your test results to the practical session.
How long is the Standard First Aid and CPR courses valid for?
The Standard First Aid course is valid for 3 years.
The HCP CPR (BLS) course is valid for 1 year. Nursing and PSW students must take this course annually.