Health Clearance Checklist for Health Professions Students

As a health professions student, part of your training will include a phase in your academic training that will bring you in 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 (including HIV and syphilis), 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.

Medical students are to submit all paperwork needing completion within one week. Health clearances and medical releases will be completed within three days.

Department-Level Health Clearances

Check with your department for specific instructions regarding the submission of all documents for review by the Student Health Center. All notifications regarding your health clearance status will also be sent directly to your department. Additionally, if respirator fit testing is required, contact your department or the Howard University Employee Health Department and make arrangements to obtain this service.
Your academic Department should notify us at least one month in advance of your first clinical rotation.

Health Professions students are students enrolled in the following programs:

  • Allied Health Shcools
    • Clinical Lab
    • Nutrition
    • Occupation Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physician Assistant
    • Radiation Therapy
  • Dental School and Dental Hygiene
  • Nursing School
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Medical School
  • Pharmacy
  • Speech Pathology students (who do clinical rotations)

Fax list of names for clearance to the Student Health Center Nurse Manager at (202) 806-7416. 

Forms

Notifications

Your academic department should notify us at least one month in advance of your first clinical rotation. (Fax list of names for clearance to the Student Health Center Nurse Manager at 202-806-7416. Check with your department for specific instructions regarding the submission of all documents for review by the Student Health Center.

All notifications regarding your health clearance status will be sent directly to your department.