Health Requirement Information/Background Check/Drug Screening

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
University of San Diego

  • DTP (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, childhood vaccination): 3 doses followed by a Tdap booster within the last 10 years. Positive pertussis titer documentation will be accepted in lieu of documentation of three doses of the childhood DTP vaccination. CDC recommendations require that at least one Tdap vaccination be given after age 11 for regularly scheduled boosters.
  • MMR (measles-mumps-rubella): 2 doses since 1968 (or positive titer)
  • Hepatitis A: 2 doses (Must have 1 dose completed prior to entering the program and the second dose within 6 – 12 months. If the combined hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine is used, 3 doses are required at 0, 1, and 6 months)
  • Hepatitis B: 3 doses (Must have 2 doses, at the very least, completed prior to entering the program then 1 can be completed during year 1 of the program, it is strongly recommended to have all 3 completed prior to starting the program) or positive titer
  • Varicella (chickenpox): 2 doses (or positive titer) (will not accept note from doctor verifying chicken pox. You must have blood tested for a positive titer)
  • TB skin test: Initial negative two-step TST or Quantiferon, then either test annually. If any result is positive, a provider, documented asymptomatic chest x-ray (every 3 years), plus a TB Symptom Questionnaire (required form, annually) will be required.
  • BLS (basic life support) current certification (for healthcare providers, which includes CPR and AED for Adult/Child/Infant): renewed every 1 or 2 years. Please take the class at the American Heart Association entitled "BLS Healthcare Provider Course". Information can be accessed here. This ensures that we are in compliance with regulations enforced by the facilities where clinical rotations are scheduled.
  • Influenza: students must get the influenza vaccine annually during the Fall Semester.

  • Background Check & Drug Screen: students must have a clear criminal background check and drug screen to participate in placement in clinical facilities. Information and instructions for completing the background check process can be accessed when you create your Complio account at: A confirmation e-mail indicating the investigation is in progress will be sent to both USD and the student.

    IMPORTANT: DO NOT drink more than 8 oz of fluid in the 2 hours prior to giving the urine sample. An abundance of fluid will result in a "dilute" reading which constitutes a "flagged" situation. It will keep you from attending clinicals and requires immediate re-payment and re-testing. At the facility, if you are not able produce a urine sample when requested, call ADB on how to proceed.

    The lab will run extensive tests to verify if the drug screen is negative/positive/dilute.When results are negative, a fax is sent from Quest to American DataBank to input the results.When results are dilute, you must contact American DataBank (1-800-200-0853) for further instructions. When results are positive, the results are forwarded to the Medical Review Officer. The Medical Review Officer will contact you for verification of any prescription drug you may be taking. After discussion, the Medical Review Office will send a fax to American DataBank to input the results and close the order. If the order is positive the Medical Review Office will list the drug that is positive.

    In approximately 10 days you will receive an email from ADB with the results. It is your responsibility to check and resolve any "flagged" situations. If you are "flagged", call American DataBank (1-800-200-0853) for instructions on how to proceed. You are NOT required to disclose the reason for the flag. If a hospital will not allow you access because of a flag, it is your responsibility to handle the situation. If there is not a successful resolution, you may not be able to continue in the program.

  • HIPAA Training: Students must complete HIPAA training through the USD Hahn School of Nursing & Health Science, go to website.
  • CA Nursing License: Post-Licensure students must have a current California RN License while at USD.