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Utah State University Nursing

Program Clinical Immunization and Testing Requirements 

Once admitted (provisionally or fully) to a USU Nursing program you must complete a CastleBranch account to accept terms for background check and drug screen, and upload the following documentation.

  • Urine Drug Screen (10 panel): You must have a Chain of Custody (COC) form to submit your drug screen. The COC gives the lab completing your drug test permission to post results directly to your CastleBranch account. Show your campus staff assistant proof of payment to CastleBranch. They will give you the Chain of Custody (COC) form and instructions on completing the drug screen. Tooele students: your COC form is electronic. Please email your CastleBranch payment confirmation to Tiffany Allen.
  • Background Check: Your background check is initiated at the time of payment of your account to CastleBranch.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider: USU Nursing only accepts American Heart Association (AHA) BLS certification. Be cautious of sites that use wording such as, “using AHA guidelines” or similar, as these will not be accepted. If you have any questions, please contact your nursing department.
    • Pay USU BLS Provider Course Fees
  • TB testing:
    • TWO 2-step tuberculin skin tests (aka PPD tests), or
    • A negative Quantiferon Gold or T-Spot result, or
    • A negative chest x-ray.
      • If your x-ray test result is positive, we require documentation of normal chest x-ray provided by your physician or health department.
  • ­Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR): Documentation of two vaccinations at CDC recommended intervals or laboratory evidence showing immunity (titer).
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): Documentation of two vaccinations given at CDC recommended intervals, or laboratory evidence showing immunity (titer).
  • Hepatitis B and reactive titer: Documentation of three vaccinations given at recommended intervals and a titer showing immunity (reactive). If your titer is non-reactive, documentation is needed showing the first two vaccinations of a three-series process before the deadline for documentation submission.
  • TDaP: Documentation of TDaP vaccination given less than 10 years from the time of entrance to a USU Nursing program.
  • Flu vaccination: By November 1, you must upload documentation of flu vaccination (either vaccination or nasal spray) for the current flu season. This requirement should be completed after fall semester entrance to the program, so that your vaccine matches viruses expected to be circulating during the current flu season.