Requirements

Required Documentation

All incoming students must provide evidence of the following:

  • All Incoming students must submit a PDF copy of a physical examination done within twelve months prior to admission.
  • Tuberculosis surveillance. Must have TWO step Tuberculin (TB) skin test or Interferon-Gamma Release Assays (IGRA) (T-Spot) or (QFT) 3 months prior to the deadline (or starting school).
    • Note: Students born outside of the U.S. who received BCG vaccine should follow the TB screening requirements as listed above. If you have had slight reactions to a PPD skin test in the past, it is recommended you opt for QuantiFERON or T-Spot testing.
  • MMR. Must supply documentation of dates of vaccination OR laboratory report confirming immunity. Re-vaccinate for Equivocal titer.
    •  Documentation of 2 Measles/Mumps/Rubella or 2 doses of Measles vaccine, 2 doses of Mumps vaccine and 1 dose of Rubella vaccine OR serologic  proof of immunity for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.
    •  If negative or indeterminate blood test results, must supply date of MMR or Measles (Rubeola) booster
    • Re-immunization 28 days apart.
  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acelluar Pertussis) Vaccine
    • One dose of the adult Tdap in the past 10 years.  If last Tdap is more than 10 years, provide date of last TD and Tdap.
  • Varicella. History of disease is not sufficient.
    • Two doses of Varicella vaccine OR positive Varicella IgG antibody titer.
    • If you have a negative, indeterminate or equivocal titer, obtain two doses of vaccine at least 30 days apart.
    • If vaccinated, student must supply proof of vaccination dates for Varivax #1 and Varivax #2.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine. is required for all students. We will follow CDC guidelines and accept vaccination with either an FDA or WHO approved EUA vaccine. The following vaccines currently meet this requirement:
    • Pfizer (2 doses)
    • Moderna (2 doses)
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • AstraZeneca (2 doses)
    • Additional vaccinations may be approved as more information about vaccines and virus variants becomes available. This list will be updated accordingly.

    Hepatitis B Vaccine. Hepatitis B vaccine #1, #2, and #3 (ONLY Required for medical, occupation therapy, physical therapy and audiology/communication programs)

    • Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine AND positive Hepatitis B IgG Surface Antibody Titer:
    • provide all three dates of vaccinations AND positive Hepatitis B surface antibody titer lab report
    • Documentation of three doses of hepatitis B vaccine, and a positive hepatitis B surface antibody titer are necessary. The hepatitis B vaccination is required for clinical training but is not required for registration at the University. This must be followed with a serology for hepatitis B surface antibody.
    • Hepatitis B surface Antibody Titer. Must supply copy of laboratory report. Required if completed series and enrolled in Medical, Occupation Therapy or Physical Therapy program.

Required for medical, occupation therapy, physical therapy and audiology/communication programs

  • Hepatitis B Vaccine. Hepatitis B vaccine #1, #2, and #3
    • Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine AND positive Hepatitis B IgG Surface Antibody Titer:
    • provide all three dates of vaccinations AND positive Hepatitis B surface antibody titer lab report
    • Documentation of three doses of hepatitis B vaccine, and a positive hepatitis B surface antibody titer are necessary. The hepatitis B vaccination is required for clinical training but is not required for registration at the University. This must be followed with a serology for hepatitis B surface antibody.
  • Hepatitis B surface Antibody Titer. Must supply copy of laboratory report. Required if completed series and enrolled in Medical, Occupation Therapy or Physical Therapy programs.

Student Health mandates that individuals first entering Washington University School of Medicine be immunized against and provide proof of immunity for the hepatitis B virus prior to enrollment. Since the hepatitis B vaccine program requires a series of three injections given over six months, students may have a full compliance period extended to six months after entry. However, they must have received at least their first hepatitis B vaccine prior to enrolling.

Non-compliant students will be excluded from classroom and/or patient care areas.

In additional to the required immunizations we also recommend that you consider the following immunizations if applicable:

  • Heptatitis A vaccine
  • Human Papillomovirus vaccine

Exemptions from immunizations

If the immunization are contrary to your personal or religious beliefs, you will need to sign  a vaccine declination statement in order to be considered for exemption.

If immunizations are not advisable because of a medical condition, an official statement from a licensed medical doctor must be sent to Student Health for review.