Immunizations, Background Check, Drug Testing and CPR Requirements

Immunizations, Background Check, Drug Testing and CPR Requirements

Background checks, immunization tracking and drug screening will be provided through an approved organization selected by the COCC.  Alternatives are currently under review.  Instructions are posted to the right which 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 $110.

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 MA certificate. Therefore, if a practicum site cannot be found for a student, the student cannot complete the program.

1. 2-Step TB 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 MA 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



CPR and First Aid requirement

Students must take HHP 252 and receive a Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid cards 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. If you have already taken HHP252a to meet the first aid requirement, you will also need to take an additional healthcare provider level adult and infant/child CPR class to meet Oregon Health Authority requirements. 

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 MA 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 MA 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.  Instructions are posted on the right which contains specific directions for completing the drug screen.

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