Students entering any training program in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University, are required to provide documentation of their two-step tuberculin skin test status, varicella serological status and immunization history for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, polio, tetanus and hepatitis B. Annual influenza and COVID-19 immunizations are also required for all students prior to clinical/fieldwork placements.
Newly admitted students will receive by mail or email an immunization record that must be completed in full. Students are advised to visit their family physician, student health services or public health office to be screened or to enter an immunization schedule. Vaccination occurs at the student's cost. For students entering the first year of a rehabilitation therapy program, this documentation is required in the week prior to the start of classes. It is understood that hepatitis B immunization may not be complete at registration, but all hepatitis B tests must be in progress and must be completed three weeks prior to commencement of the first clinical placement.
No screening is performed for infection with HCV or HIV. At this time, expert opinion and current evidence does not support the necessity of such screening. Students who self-report infections with these viruses will be considered by an advisory committee.
Upon entry to the program, students are also required to provide a copy of a valid certificate in standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the Health Care Provider (HCP) level. Both certifications must remain current throughout the duration of the student's enrolment in the program.