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In order to maintain the highest level of safety for our patients, students, faculty, and staff in the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines (CNPD), all students in the CNPD Department of Nursing are required to have current immunizations and other verifications as a condition of enrollment. Requirements for health professionals are different than those recommended for the general public so this is needed to meet requirements of our clinical agencies and the ND State Board of Higher Education
All students admitted to undergraduate nursing program are required to provide documentation of current immunizations/verifications and health insurance to the CNPD approved vendor prior to beginning the nursing program. Annual or periodic updates or re-certifications are required of all admitted students and must be completed prior to starting classes each semester and may not expire during the semester. Additional information regarding the process and a deadline for completing your verifications is included in this letter.
Verifications Required on Notification/Acceptance of Admission
Students must complete a, b, or c as follows:
a. A negative two step TB test (TST). The two-step tuberculin test involves placement of a purified protein derivative (PPD) to test for tuberculosis. The first reading must be read by a health care professional within 48 – 72 hours after placement, and the area of induration must be recorded. The second TST should be administered one to two weeks after the first test.
b. Submission of two previous negative TST, within 13 months of each other.
c. One Interferon-Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) test, which includes QuantiFeron TB Gold (QFT-G), QuanteFeron Gold in tube test (GFT-GIT) or T-Spot for TB (T-Spot) along with any required follow-up,done prior to clinical, within the past 12 months, is accepted
Students who are positive reactors must have a report of one negative chest x-ray on file and a statement signed by self and a health care provider, assuring absence of symptoms. Once this documentation is submitted, yearly TST or IGRA is not required. Bacille Callmette-Gurerin (BDG) vaccinated individuals who test positive by TST and negative by IGRA are not required to have a follow-up X-ray.
Get additional information from the CDC about the Tuberculin Skin Testing process.
Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
Documentation of 2 doses of the vaccine after age 12 months or an antibody blood titre documenting immunity is required. Students known to be pregnant will not be required to receive the rubella vaccine, during the period of their pregnancy.
Varicella (Chickenpox) Immunization
A history of varicella cannot be self-reported. Students must document 2 doses of the varicella vaccine, laboratory confirmation of immunity, or laboratory confirmation of disease, diagnosis or verification of a history of varicella disease by a licensed health care professional. If acceptable documentation of immunity cannot be provided and a titre does not confirm immunity, 2 doses of varicella vaccine will need to be administered again.
Hepatitis B Immunization
Three doses (at least the first dose given prior to beginning nursing classes) or an anti-HBS titre documenting immunity is required. Students may sign a waiver of declination to be vaccinated or tested. Students who refuse to have the Hepatitis B vaccine series may not be allowed to participate in clinical experiences in agencies where it is required. It is important to note that the Hepatitis B series takes 4 to 6 months to complete; therefore it you have not had this series, you should begin this process as soon as possible to comply with this requirement.
Seasonal Influenza Vaccine
Students who begin the program in spring semester must receive an influenza vaccine prior to beginning the nursing program. Exceptions are allowed for those with the following medical contraindications only: egg allergy, history of Guillain-Barre within 6 weeks of influenza vaccination, and anaphylaxis after influenza vaccinations. A signed waiver from a health care provider must be provided in these cases.
Students are required to provide their own health insurance coverage and are responsible for any medical expenses incurred while enrolled in the College. Written proof of individual insurance or signing of the “Assumption of Responsibility for Health Treatment” form is required. Students are responsible for updating this information.
Cardio-Pulmonary-Resuscitation Certification (CPR)
Students must provide proof of current CPR certification by the American Heart Association or American Red Cross in Basic Life Support for the healthcare provider. The only online course CPR course accepted is the HeartCode class through the American Heart Association. Certification training must include infant, child, and adult CPR as well as both 1- and 2-person CPR.
HIPAA and OSHA Training
Students are required to complete HIPAA on admission and OSHA training annually.
Applicants must submit to and satisfactorily complete the approved UND College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines background check as a condition of admission. An offer of admission is contingent upon the successful completion of the background check with results deemed favorable. Admission may be denied or rescinded based on the outcome of the background check.
Additionally, students who are currently enrolled must submit to and satisfactorily complete an annual background check as a condition of continuing enrollment in the Department of Nursing. Students who refuse to submit to the background check or do not pass the background check as defined by the College will be dismissed from the program.” (Policy 207, CON Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook)
If you anticipate any findings of concern, it is recommended that you submit your background check early to avoid any delays in beginning classes.
Update Every Other Year or As Needed
- Cardio-Pulmonary-Resuscitation Certification (CPR): As noted above
- RN to BSN Program only: RN Licensure: Licensure must be updated when it expires as required by the State Board of Nursing schedule in the state in which the student is licensed.
The University of North Dakota Department of Nursing provides liability insurance for all students—on or off campus—each semester they are enrolled in course work in Nursing. Each undergraduate student is covered up to $1,000,000 for any one incident, and up to $5,000,000 as a total of all claims within one calendar year period. Students are not covered by this liability insurance during personal volunteer work, working for pay (including the Co-op experience), or during self-employment. The employing agency carries liability insurance for students in the Co-op experience.
RN Licensure Verification
This is required in all Graduate nursing programs. Students in the Undergraduate RN to BSN program are also required to provide proof of RN licensure. Proof of re-licensure must be provided upon the date of expiration as set by the State Board of Nursing in the state in which the student holds licensure.
Some students are unable to obtain verification of licensure from their state BON website which contain all of the required information. (for example, the document from their state BON lacks the name of the state they are licensed in).
Access your full licensure information via Nursys. This information can then be uploaded to the Verified Credentials site as proof of your licensure.
Once you go into the system, click on Search Quick Confirm and search by or your name. You will be able to print off the proof of licensure with the state name and expiration date to upload in the Verified Credentials site.