Immunizations and Health Screening Requirements Policy

Physician Assistant Studies

(ARC-PA Standard 5th A3.07a)

Effective Date: 7/1/2017

Reviewed by Medical Director: 1/5/2022

Immunizations are an essential part of PA student requirements to protect the health of the patient and maintain their wellness. PA students must complete of series of immunizations set forth by the guidelines of the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC). Keeping immunization records up to date is an essential part of the professionalism required of all students at the school. The student file must document compliance with all immunization and health screening requirements.

Prior to matriculation, all PA students must complete the immunizations set forth by AAMC: with documentation by June 1 of the year of matriculation. These requirements are reviewed and approved by the medical director and include the following immunizations:

  • MMR series or titer (students born in 1957 or later must receive two doses of MMR)
  • Hep B series of 3 doses OR Heplisav-B 2 doses AND a positive Hep B (HbsAb) titer
  • Hep B surface antibody with positive quantitative titer & numeric value
  • Tdap - within the last 10 years
  • TB - Negative QuantiFERON
  • Varicella - Positive titer or two vaccines
  • Influenza Shot
  • COVID (2 dose Pfizer/Moderna or 1 dose J&J)
    • We encourage but do not require a booster of Pfizer or Moderna if it has been 5 months since completion of the Pfizer COVID- 19 vaccine series, 6 months since Moderna, or 2 months since J&J.
    • For the most current information, please refer to:

Failure to provide required immunization records may result in blocked enrollment, financial aid, and/or matriculation.

Additional recommended immunizations:

  • Meningococcal -Those who are routinely exposed to isolates of N. meningitidis should get one dose.

Current students

  • Influenza Shot (annually)
  • QuantiFERON* (TB Test - annually)

Clinical Phase

  • Healthcare facilities may have additional requirements.

Rev. 1.5.22