Immunizations, Background Check, Drug Testing and CPR Requirements

Per the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 409-030-0100, beginning July 1, 2014, health profession students will need to meet a standardized, universal set of administrative requirements prior to doing clinical training in Oregon. For most students, satisfying the requirements once will be sufficient for all subsequent clinical training experiences. The consensus requirements were developed with input from a wide range of training programs, clinical sites, and regulatory agencies. See the OHA Student Information Sheet for more details.

Background checks, immunization tracking and drug screening will be provided through an approved organization selected by the COCC.  Alternatives are currently under review.  Instructions will be posted on this site by September 1, 2014, which will contain specific directions for initiating the background check, completing the drug screen, and submitting immunization documentation.  Program requirements related to CPR/first aid, as well as immunizations, criminal history, and drug screening are listed below. Cost for the background check, drug test and immunization tracking will be approximately $150.

Required Immunizations - All immunizations below are required unless students sign a religious/medical exemption waiver. Practicum sites may not accept students that have not met immunization requirements. Completing the practicum is a requirement for completing the DA certificate. Therefore, if a practicum site cannot be found for a student, the student cannot complete the program.

Immunizations required by September 12, 2014:

1. 2-StepTB Testing (PPD) or blood draw (IGRA):

  • Provide documentation of a blood test (IGRA), either Quantiferon Gold or T-Spot, within the past the past 12 months.
  • Documentation of two negative TB tests, administered 14-21 days apart, and read within 48 hours of placement by the administering agency. If both are negative, nothing further needs to be done. 
If either test is positive:
Provide documentation of the TB tests, a chest x-ray and an evaluation by a physician.
Students with a past positive TB test must provide documentation of the positive TB test and, if not already completed, provide documentation of a baseline chest x-ray prior to the deadline.
Please note: Some facilities will not place a TB test within 30 days of receiving the MMR vaccine. Plan accordingly.

2. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): Documentation of one measles, mumps and rubella immunizations, or a titer indicating immunity.  

3. Hepatitis B series:  This is a three-shot series that takes seven to eight months to complete. Students should start the series as soon as they know they are registered in core DA classes. The first two injections must be completed prior to entering the program. The second injection is given four weeks after the first.

4. Varicella (chickenpox): evidence of one varicella vaccination or titer showing immunity. 

5. Tetanus, Dipthera, Pertussis (Tdap):evidence of one adult pertussis immunization prior to entering the program 

6. Influenza: 1 dose of influenza vaccine is recommended (not required) annually

Immunizations required by the date specified during Fall Term

  1. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): Documentation of a second  measles, mumps and rubella immunizations, or a titer indicating immunity
  2. Hepatitis B series: Documentation of a third hepatitis B immunization (at least 5 months after the second immunization)
  3. Varicella (chickenpox): evidence of  second varicella vaccinations (or titer showing immunity)

Immunizations required by the date specified during Winter Term

  1. Hepatitis B series: A confirmation titer needs to be completed one to two months after the 3rd injection and must be completed prior to the specified date in Winter Term.


CPR  and First Aid Requirement

Students must have a valid "healthcare provider level" CPR card and a First Aid card to meet the CPR requirement. This must be completed no later than the end of winter term. CPR certification is usually good for two years. HHP 252 meets the requirement for both CPR and First Aid.


Background Check 

Unless practicum sites provide guidelines specific to their facilities, the DHS crime list will be used to determine disqualifying backgrounds. Keep in mind that individual facilities may request that you provide a copy of your background check for verification, may supply more stringent standards or may require that you compete additional background checks or drug testing at your own expense. However, if your background check does not contain any of the crimes on the DHS crime list, the program will probably be able to find you a practicum site.

Completing the practicum is a requirement for completing the DA certificate. Therefore, if a practicum site cannot be found for a student with a particular background, that student cannot complete the program. Participation by practicum sites is voluntary and sites cannot be forced to take a student that does not meet their minimum requirements. Typically, Students with crimes noted on the DHS permanent, 10-year or 5-year review list will be disqualified from attending the DA program until their criminal record has been cleared.

You can go to for a current list of potentially disqualifying crimes.


Drug Testing

Students must pass 10-panel drug test and sign necessary authorizations.  Screens will include testing for marijuana, methadone, opiates and phencyclidine. Other substances may be included according to current COCC policy.  Additional testing may be required by practicum facilities at the student’s expense.

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