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 $120.

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.

A. Hepatitis B Vaccine

Provide official documentation of 3 Hepatitis B vaccinaionts and results of Hepatitis B surface antibody test (titer) showing positive immunity* no later than due date indicated

*If the titer is negative then a 2nd series must be completed.**

If you have not had the Hepatitis B series, then the series must be started according to the schedule below:

  • 1st dose before 1st day of class
  • 2nd dose 1 month after the 1st dose
  • 3rd dose 6 months after the 2nd dose
  • Titer 1 month after the 3rd dose

**If the titer is still negative after the 2nd series the student will be considered a non-responder and will require no further action.

B. MMR Vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella)

Provide official documentation of two Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccinations, at least 4 weeks apart;

-OR-

Series in progress:

1st dose before 1st day of class
2nd dose at least 4 weeks after the 1st dose.

-OR-

Provide serological testing results showing immunity*.

* MMR serological testing is comprised of 3 components - Measles Titer, Mumps Titer and Rubella Titer. If any one of the components is negative (non-immune), the student must complete the series.

C. Varicella (Chickenpox)

Provide documentation of 2 doses of Varicella vaccine, 4 weeks apart;      -OR-

Serological evidence [titer]  of immunity  to Varicella;      -OR-

Documentation of the 1st vaccine and documentation of the second dose within the first 4 weeks of the term.

D. Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis

Provide documentation of a one-time dose of Tdap as an adult age 18 years or greater. Tetanus must be within the past ten years.

E. 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.

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.

F. Influenza vaccine

A current influenza vaccination (usually available starting October) is required by the end of fall term.

Medical Exemption:

If you have had a life-threatening allergic reaction to a vaccine or any component of a vaccine, you must provide documentation, on letterhead, from your health care provider.

For documentation of immunization exemption for medical reasons:

  1. See the Allied Health Department Administrative Assistant. -OR-
  2. Download from Verified Credentials website.

The TB screening cannot be waived.

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 (not HHP 252A) will meet the requirement for Healthcare Provider CPR. We cannot accept any online CPR courses.

Background Check

All Dental Assisting Program students who attend clinical/practicum 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 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.  Students with crimes which do not allow them to attend clinical/practicum, will be disqualified from attending the Dental Assisting Program. Students who believe that their past history may interfere with their ability to complete the program of study or to obtain licensure or certification in their chosen field should contact the appropriate state board or the program director.  

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.

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.

Drug Screening

All Dental Assisting Program students who attend clinical will undergo a 10-panel drug screen with Verified Credentials [VCI], the vendor approved by Central Oregon Community College. Students will be administratively withdrawn from class if the required urine drug screen is not completed, by the due date indicated in the pre-registration information, with the specified vendor, Students with a positive urine drug screen that will not allow clinical attendance will be disqualified from attending the Dental Assisting Program until the next registration period for the Program.