Health Requirements

To protect the health of all USF community members and the patients that you serve, USF and our Clinical Partners require students to fulfill certain health requirements. Nursing and Health Profession students are expected to submit their health requirement records to the School of Nursing and Health Professions, not Health Promotion Services.

The SONHP has contracted with CastleBranch for the processing and collection of all health requirement documentation, background checks, and drug testing. You must be cleared by the SONHP via CastleBranch prior to entering the clinical setting. Expiration dates cannot expire during the semester or you will not be cleared for that term.

The health requirements for the School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP) will fulfill the requirements of USF Health Promotion Services. You will only need to submit the documentation from this web page directly to the SONHP.

Only Undergraduate Health Insurance information will be handled through Health Promotion Services at a clinic close to campus.

Term Deadline Requirement
Fall August 1 All updates
Fall October 15 Flu vaccine only
Spring December 15 All updates
Summer May 1 All updates

Program Requirements

For all programs, the School of Nursing and Health Professions requires students to complete a background check, as well as, a drug test. Some programs will require additional health requirements depending on which program you are enrolled in. Please find your program below to see what requirements pertain to you.

For clinical-based programs including Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing Pre-licensure (ME-MSN), Master of Science in Nursing Post-licensure (RN-MSN), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) programs, please review your CastleBranch and health requirements.

For DNP Completion, Executive Leadership (ELDNP), and Healthcare Systems Leadership (HCSL) programs, please review your self-reporting form.

For health profession programs including Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH), Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI), and Clinical Psychology (PsyD) programs please review your CastleBranch requirements.

Overview

Below are the different health requirements required by clinical-based programs as well as their forms and waivers. Waivers are only to be filled out by a healthcare provider for certain cases. Please read the overviews to see if a form is needed for you.

  1. Meningococcal Vaccine: This is the only optional requirement. If you have received the vaccine, please upload proof of immunization. If not, you must still click on the Meningococcal requirement in your to‐do list and indicate that you are choosing not to obtain the Meningococcal immunization.
  2. Physical: The physical must be administered within six (6) months of your entrance into the program. There is no USF‐specific form for the physical. You simply need a note from your doctor (signed, dated, on letterhead and/or with office stamp) stating that you (full name) were given a physical on (date) and are cleared to begin your nursing studies.
  3. Tdap Booster: Documentation must specify that the Tdap (Combined Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) vaccine was administered, and on what date. The Tdap booster must be renewed every ten (10) years.
  4. Tdap booster - Waiver for Medical Purposes (if needed)
  5. Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella: Titers (IgG), not proof of vaccination, are required for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and hepatitis B. Titers are blood results that test for the presence of antibodies against diseases. When we have vaccinations our immune system does not always convert the vaccination into immunity against that particular disease. Positive titer tests ensure that our body has actually converted the vaccination into immunity. This is important to ensure the continued health of our nursing students in the clinical setting and helps prevent the spread of diseases to the patients you serve. If a titer result is negative or equivocal, you'll need to get either a booster or a new vaccination series (see what the doctor recommends). You should upload your negative titer to CastleBranch, and they will create new requirements for the subsequent necessary vaccine(s). Once the re‐vaccination is done, you should wait one month and then get a new titer. As long as you follow this process, you will be cleared.
  6. Varicella - Waiver for Medical Purposes (if needed
  7. Mumps - Waiver for Medical Purposes (if needed)
  8. Rubella - Waiver for Medical Purposes (if needed)
  9. Measles - Waiver for Medical Purposes (if needed)
  10. Hepatitis B - Waiver for Medical Purposes (if needed)
  11. Tuberculosis Test: A 2‐step PPD or QuantiFERON blood test* is needed. A 2‐step PPD test is when you have your 1st PPD skin test placed and read two (2) days later. Then, you have a second PPD skin test placed and read two (2) days later. This process is completed within a two (2) week period. The purpose is to ensure that you do not have a false negative. The timing is critical because more than two (2) weeks between tests could results in a false positive due to the repeated exposure to the test. The results of both tests must be uploaded as a single PDF.

    *Please note that, if you choose to obtain the QuantiFERON blood test, one (1) of our clinical partners (San Francisco General Hospital) will still require a PPD if you choose a clinical placement at that site. If you have a history of positive PPD, you must submit both a clear chest x‐ray and a TB Symptom Review form, signed by a healthcare professional; combine both documents into a single PDF and upload.

  12. Tuberculosis Symptom Review Form
  13. CPR Certification: CPR certification must be Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification through the American Heart Association. No other trainings will be accepted. You must sign your certification card and then scan both the front and back, and upload that to CastleBranch.
  14. Seasonal Influenza Vaccine: Official documentation of the seasonal influenza vaccine (a.k.a. the flu shot) must contain your name and the date and location the vaccine was administered. Please note: You must receive the flu shot on a yearly basis; the deadline for each subsequent year will be October 15 (deadline for influenza vaccine is set a bit later than other requirements due to seasonal availability).
  15. Influenza Verification Form
  16. Influenza Waiver for Medical Purposes (if needed)