Student Health Services
Health and Immunization Requirements for Entering Students
University of the Sciences requires all entering students registered
at least half-time (undergraduates with 6 or more credits; graduate
students with 5 or more credits) and all international students,
to provide a complete medical history and health evaluation (i.e.
Physical Exam) and to fulfill the following immunization requirements:
- Tuberculosis screening: For students with
signs or symptoms of active tuberculosis, students from high-risk
groups as defined by the Centers for Disease Control, or students
entering the health professions a tuberculin skin test
required. A chest x-ray is required if tuberculin skin
test is positive [Click
here for more information about TB skin testing, and here
for information about diagnosis of TB disease]
- Hepatitis B: Three doses of vaccine AND
Positive Hepatitis B Surface Antibody Titer (IGg) required if
- Polio: Primary series required, doses at least
28 days apart. Three primary series are acceptable.
- Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis: Primary series
(four doses) of DTap, DTP, DT or Td; Td vaccine
within the last 10 years AND
Tdap booster after May 2005
- Varicella: Two doses of vaccine OR
positive antibody titer (IGg) proving immunity
- Measles Mumps Rubella: Two doses of MMR vaccine
or individual vaccines AND
a positive antibody titer (IGg)
- Meningococcal: ALL Students residing in University
housing are REQUIRED to obtain the Meningococcal Vaccine after
their 16th birthday, regardless of prior vaccination history.
Students living off-campus may sign the Meningococcal Waiver [Click
for more information about the Meningococcal vaccine]
The pre-matriculation immunization requirement is based on the
recommendations of the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania Department of Health Division of Immunizations
and the American
College Health Association. You can satisfy this requirement
by completing the Student
Health Record, which includes the immunization requirements.
Students who do not submit a fully completed health form by August
5, 2016 will be charged a late fee of $25.00 and registration will
be withheld until all health requirements are met (completed health
recordand proof of all required vaccinations).
If you are seeking a local facility to obtain immunizations, you
can go to Mercy WorkCare.
For a list of immunization costs, click
* Surface Antibody Titers for Hepatitis B and
MMR are REQUIRED of all Undergraduate students and Graduate students
in the Physician Assistant program. Titers are not required
for Graduate and Doctoral students in non-health professional programs.
*Important Note about Surface Antibody Titers* Please
check with your insurance company before obtaining titer tests.
If the tests are not covered by your insurance, please contact Student
Health Services for a referral to an off-site facility.