Immunizations, Background Check, Drug Testing and CPR Requirements

Per the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 409-030-0100, 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 COCC.  Instructions are posted on the right and contain specific directions for initiating the background check, completing the drug screen, and submitting immunization documentation.  Program requirements related to CPR, 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 $110.

Required Immunizations 

All immunizations below are required unless students sign a 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.

1. Tuberculosis - Quantiferon Gold or T-Spot blood draw (IGRA)

  • Provide documentation of a blood test (IGRA), either Quantiferon Gold or T-Spot, within the past the past 12 months.
If your test is positive:
Provide documentation of the TB blood draw, 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.

2. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR):

Documentation of two measles, mumps and rubella immunizations, or a titer indicating immunity.  

3. Hepatitis B series: 

  • Provide official documentation showing results of Hepatitis B surface antibody test (titer) showing immunity no later than due date indicated
  • If the titer comes back with a “negative” result you must get a booster and then have a recheck in 1 month.
  • If a titer remains negative after the Hepatitis B booster is complete, another series of three Hepatitis B vaccines must be completed with a titer drawn one month after the series is completed..
  • If the third titer is negative the student will be deemed a non-responder and will require no further Hepatitis B vaccines.
    Note: Prior to having a hepatitis B titer drawn, students should have three hepatitis B immunizations.  Minimum spacing between doses of Hepatitis B is 4 weeks between doses 1 and 2, 8 weeks between doses 2 and 3, and 12-16 weeks between doses 1 and 3.  The titer should be drawn 30-60 days after the last immunization.  The entire process takes 5-6 months.  If you are starting from scratch, you need to start as soon as possible in order to be eligible to enter practicum.

4. Varicella (chickenpox):

Evidence of two varicella vaccinations or a titer showing immunity. 

5. Tetanus, Dipthera, Pertussis (Tdap):

Evidence of one adult Tdap immunization, within 10 years, prior to entering the program.  

6. Influenza:

1 dose of influenza vaccine annually

CPR Requirement

Students must have a valid "healthcare provider level" CPR card by the end of Fall term to meet the CPR requirement. We will accept one of the following:

  1. American Heart Association "BLS for Healthcare Providers"
  2. American Red Cross "Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers"

CPR certification is usually good for two years. HHP 252 will meet the requirement for Healthcare Provider CPR. We cannot accept any online CPR courses or HHP 252A.


Background Check 

 All Dental Assisting Program students who attend clinical and have patient contact as part of their training program, will undergo a criminal background check with Verified Credentials [VCI], the vendor approved by Central Oregon Community College.  Students will be administratively withdrawn from class if the required criminal background check is not initiated with the specified vendor, by the due date indicated on the pre-registration packet. Students with crimes which do not allow them to attend clinical, will be disqualified from attending the Dental Assisting Program.

    The process for determining what constitutes a disqualifying crime is under review to ensure compliance with recent changes in Oregon Health Authority Guidelines.  Students with crimes on their background check should be aware that facilities accepting students for practicum rotations do so voluntarily.  They may not accept a student with a positive background check, or may only accept students after further evaluation.  Completion of 300 hours of practicum is mandatory for completion of the program.  Therefore, the program cannot guarantee that students with positive background checks will be able to obtain certifications and complete the program.

    Some crimes can be removed by expungement from an individual’s record.  You may be able to find more information about expungement through the Oregon State Bar or Oregon State Police web sites.

    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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