University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions about the Clinical Mandatories Process

What is a titer?

A titer is a blood test to determine whether a vaccination has provided immunity against the disease.

How do I submit my documentation?

Bachelor of Science in Nursing and returning Graduate Nursing students may submit mandatories forms to Rose Simpson via fax, email, or in person:

Rose Simpson
106 Carrigan Drive, 216 Rowell Bldg.
Burlington, VT 05405
Phone: (802) 656-3452
Fax: (802) 656-8306
E-mail: Rose.Simpson@uvm.edu

Communication Sciences and Disorders students may submit your mandatories forms to Linda Esposito via fax, email, or in person.

Linda Esposito
489 Main Street, Pomeroy Hall
Burlington, VT 05405
Phone: (802) 656-0210
Fax: (802) 656-2528
E-mail: Linda.Esposito@uvm.edu

Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, and Exercise and Movement Science students submit your mandatories forms to Cis Dumas via fax, email, or in person.

Cis Dumas
106 Carrigan Drive, 310 Rowell Bldg.
Burlington, VT 05405
Phone: (802) 656-3014
Fax: (802) 656-6586
E-mail: cdumas@uvm.edu

Submit your information to CertifiedProfile if you are enrolled in one of the following programs:

  • Graduate Nursing (First year only)
  • Master's Entry Program in Nursing
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology

Go to: www.CertifiedBackground.com and enter your package code. Your package code will be emailed to you. It is also available in your program’s mandatories instructions on the CNHS website at: http://www.uvm.edu/~cnhs/?Page=student_services/gradmandatories.html or http://www.uvm.edu/~cnhs/?Page=student_services/ugmandatories.html. After you enter your package code, you will be directed to set up your CertifiedProfile account.

What happens if I can’t submit my mandatories by the deadline?

It is imperative that you plan ahead to ensure that your mandatories are completed by the deadline. If you fail to submit your mandatories by the deadline, you will not be able to participate in your clinical experience and your instructor will be notified. It is important to give yourself plenty of time to complete these requirements.

  • Hepatitis B - Receive 1st dose, Receive 2nd dose one month later, Receive 3rd dose six months from 1st dose; Receive titer 1 to 2 months after 3rd dose
  • Polio - Students who have never been vaccinated for polio should receive 3 doses of IPV, 2 doses separated by 1 to 2 months, and a third dose 6 to 12 months. Students who have had 1 to 2 doses of polio vaccine in the past should get the remaining 1 to 2 doses.
  • MMR – 28 days in between doses

CPR CERTIFICATION

What if my CPR certification will expire during my clinical education experience?

It is your responsibility to be aware of your CPR certification expiration date. Your CPR certification is required to be valid for your entire clinical education experience. If your CPR certification will expire during your clinical, please renew it BEFORE your clinical starts and submit an updated copy of the front and back of your CPR card with signature(s).

Will you accept the American Red Cross Challenge Exam for my CPR Certification course?

No, the American Red Cross Challenge Exam is not accepted. It serves as a refresher and not a certification course.

How do I find out about upcoming CPR classes?

CNHS offers CPR classes at least twice per semester. You will receive email notices regarding how to
sign up for upcoming CPR class dates.

HEPATITIS B

What if my Hepatitis B titer is negative?

If you received a negative Hepatitis B titer, ask your health care provider to revaccinate you with the three dose series. After the series, you will need another titer. You are required to submit an updated CNHS Pre-Clinical Mandatories form. If you are participating in your clinical experience with a negative titer, please ensure that you have talked with your health care provider about universal precautions to prevent Hepatitis B infection.

How long after my three doses of Hepatitis B vaccinations can I have a titer drawn?

The titer should be checked four to eight weeks after your third dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine.

What if my Hepatitis B titers keep showing as negative?

If you have completed (2) three dose series of the Hepatitis B vaccinations and your titers are still negative, you are considered to be a non-responder. Talk with your health care provider about precautions to prevent Hepatitis B infection. Please have your health care provider complete the Hepatitis B section of the Pre-Clinical Mandatories form.

What if my Hepatitis B series or titer isn’t complete by the deadline?

Please ask your health care provider to note the expected dates of the upcoming doses and/or titer on the Pre-Clinical Mandatories form. This needs to be completed by the date noted or you will not be able to continue in clinical. Once your series and titer is completed, it is required that you submit an updated Pre-Clinical Mandatories form.

HIPAA/OSHA TRAINING

How often do I need to complete HIPAA/OSHA training?

Program requirements vary. Please check the mandatories information for your program.

INFLUENZA VACCINATION

Am I required to get a flu shot?

It is strongly recommended that all CNHS students receive the influenza vaccination both to protect yourself, but also to protect the patients with whom you come into contact. Some sites may require you to get the influenza vaccination before beginning your placement.

PPD

If I have a PPD Skin Test and it is positive, what should I do? First time positive only

You will need to be assessed to determine why the skin test is positive. Reasons may include previous BCG vaccine, latent TB (exposed, but not active), or active TB. This will require a symptom review and chest x-ray. You will need to provide a copy of the radiology report.

If I have a history of a positive PPD, what should I do?

Do not get another PPD skin test because this will continue to result as a positive. Instead, ask your health care provider to perform a TB Symptom Check. Bring your TB Symptom Check form to your appointment.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Communication Sciences and Disorders
Linda Esposito
489 Main Street, Pomeroy Hall
Burlington, VT 05405
Phone: (802) 656-0210
E-mail: Linda.Esposito@uvm.edu

Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences
Lindsay Laughnan
106 Rowell Building
Burlington, VT 05405
Phone: (802) 656-1009
E-mail: Lindsay.Laughnan@uvm.edu

Nursing
Rose Simpson
106 Carrigan Dr., 216 Rowell Building
Burlington, VT 05405
Phone: (802) 656-3452
E-mail: Rose.Simpson@uvm.edu

Rehabilitation and Movement Science
Cis Dumas
106 Carrigan Dr., 310 Rowell Building
Burlington, VT 05405
Phone: (802) 656-3014
E-mail: cdumas@uvm.edu

Last modified March 27 2014 09:00 AM