Health Clearance

As a health professional student, part of your training will include direct contact with patients. Indeed, this is an exciting time in your clinical training. It is your duty to protect yourself and others from communicable diseases. One of the University’s responsibilities is to provide an environment that minimizes your risk of contracting diseases that are preventable through vaccination. There are other engineering controls that are put in place to protect you and others, e.g. respirator fit testing, universal precautions. 

It is the responsibility of the students to ensure that the health clearances are done well in advance of the time that they are needed. Do not wait until the last minute, because health clearances will typically require a tuberculosis test and other routine blood testing, and in some cases, urine drug testing. Please come in for these tests a week or two before your physical exam. Failure to present to the health center in advance may delay your ability to receive your health clearance. This will result in starting your clinical rotation late.

For your protection, a health clearance is required for every health science student. This health clearance is reviewed annually beginning with the year you begin any clinical rotation. Some of you begin your clinical rotations in your first year, others in your second year or third year. No student will be cleared for clinical rotations until all requirements are met.

When the health clearance requirements are met, you will receive a Health Clearance Certificate which is required before you begin a clinical rotation and it must be renewed annually.

Department-Level Health Clearances

If respirator fit testing is required, contact your department or the Howard University Employee Health Department and plan to obtain this service.  Your academic Department should notify us at least one month in advance of your first clinical rotation. Check with your department for specific instructions for each rotation.

Health Professions students are enrolled in the following colleges:

  • College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Pharmacy

Email list of names for health clearance to studenthealthforms@howard.edu

Forms and Documents

Your academic department should notify us at least one month in advance of your first clinical rotation. Check with your department for specific instructions for each rotation.