All prospective students must have a Positive TITER report for the following:
Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Varicella.
NOTE: EMR/EMT/Paramedic students will be given information on their specific Health and Safety Requirements within the first week of class
Click here to see a sample titer report
What is a Titer? A titer is a blood test taken to determine immunity to various diseases. Please click here to view a resource guide for Titers, provided by Accesa Labs.
All positive titer requirements must be completed by each program's deadline date! Candidates will receive specific dates upon acceptance. In addition, a Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria and Pertussis) booster shot is required within the last eight years before program entry date.
If you plan on applying to any Health Occupation program, now is the time to consult with your healthcare provider to obtain your blood tests/titers. In the event of negative titers, booster shots according to CDC dosing schedules and new titers are required.
Prospective ADN, LVN and Respiratory Care students:
You will be required to turn in your titers at application time.
Other requirement dates will be given upon acceptance.
Each student is responsible for maintaining current health requirements for their respective program. Students are also responsible for keeping original records of their titers, physical, TB, flu, etc. Please submit copies only.
Prospective students who do not meet the below requirements and do not submit the proper documentation will not be considered for enrollment.
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|Description of what you need|
|*Hepatitis B||Positive Titer (Hep B Surface Antibody) |
|*Varicella (Chicken Pox) |
History of Chicken Pox is not acceptable
Females should not be given the Varicella vaccine if pregnant
there is any reason to
suspect pregnancy. Because a risk to the fetus from administration of live virus vaccines cannot be excluded for theoretical reasons, women should be counseled to avoid becoming pregnant
for 28 days after
Females should not be given the MMR vaccine if pregnant or
if there is any
reason to suspect pregnancy.
Because a risk to the fetus from administration of these live virus vaccines cannot be excluded for theoretical reasons, women should be counseled to avoid becoming pregnant
days after vaccination with measles or mumps vaccines or MMR or other
|*Mumps (MMR)||Positive Titer - Please see above warning|
|*Rubella (MMR)||Positive Titer - Please see above warning|
|Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis)||Proof of booster (with Pertussis) within 8 years of program start date|
|**TB||Negative PPD skin test, annually, each August (for Fall program start); December-January (for Spring program start) . Do not get TB test too early!|
|Flu||Annually every October|
What if I have a negative titer?
What to Do if You Have a Negative Titer:
*Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR): Depending on your vaccination history and how low your immunity level is – you may need up to 2 MMR boosters spaced 28 days (4 weeks) apart. A subsequent titer is required a minimum of 28 days (4 weeks) after the final booster.
*Varicella: Depending on your vaccination history and how low your immunity level is – you may need up to 2 Varicella boosters spaced 28 days (4 weeks) apart. A subsequent titer is required a minimum of 28 days (4 weeks) after the final booster.
*Hepatitis B Surface Antibody test: If no Adult series of Hepatitis B vaccinations has ever been started, you must complete the adult series of 3 vaccinations, spaced at 0, 1 and 6 months. A subsequent titer is required at least 4 weeks but no more than 8 weeks after 3rd shot. If you have begun the series, continue the series at the proper timing and the subsequent titer is required at least 4 weeks but no later than 8 weeks after 3rd shot.
Contact Cindy Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about titers.
Please note: To obtain a positive Hep B titer result could take up to 9 months. Please be proactive and get started on your titers early!
**If TB test is or has ever been positive: Do not be retested – a chest x-ray is required. For positive TB skin test, provide the date of the test, any treatment received, and documentation of a negative chest x-ray report within the last 12 months. If you have a record of positive PPD, you must provide a chest x-ray report with no abnormalities and submit an Annual Symptom Review (ASR)- Must be the Napa Valley College Annual Symptom Review document. An ASR will also be due annually for anyone with a negative chest x-ray. Chest x-ray will need to be repeated every two years while in the program, or - you may submit a negative QuantiFERON-TB Gold test. This will be accepted every two years with an annual symptom review (ASR). Tine test is not acceptable
Along with the above health requirements, you must have an current CPR card (American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider ONLY). See sample card below... Any other CPR card will not be accepted. If you do not currently hold AHA CPR certification for your place of employment, please wait to obtain your CPR certification for June or July (for Fall start date) and November or December (for Spring start date), not before. CPR certification must not expire during program duration. Classes are available at www.napacpr.com, but not required to be taken at this facility.
Note: Paramedics- ACLS/PALS certification also required prior to Field Internship.
Our Student Health Center offers physicals, TB tests and certain immunizations at low or no cost.
In addition, you will be notified by your Program Coordinator/Instructor due dates for the following items:
Fit testing (ADN, LVN, and RT)- Please wait until notified by your instructor.
HealthStream (ADN,LVN, and RT)
Background/Drug Screen (ADN, LVN and RT)
Fingerprint Clearance (PTEC)
Drug Screen (PTEC)
Cindy Miller, Administrative Assistant
Health Occupations Department