Health clearance


Health permit documentation is due for undergraduate BSN students:

  • Continuing BSN Second Career/Degree (CD2) and RN to BSN students by April 15
  • Continuing Traditional BSN students by May 15
  • Newly admitted BSN Second Career/Degree (CD2) by June 15
  • Newly admitted Traditional BSN students by October 15

Documentation is due for all MSN, graduate certificate, and DNP students is due prior to the semester in clinical:

  • Fall – August 15
  • Winter – December 15
  • Spring/summer – April 15

Visit the Health Permit Portal to enter and upload the documentation.

Required documentation

Health Permit Packet and Form

Vaccinations and evidence of immunity

Please note: For all antibody titers, copies of the actual laboratory reports must be submitted for inclusion in the student's health file.

  • Tdap (Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine): This is a somewhat different formulation than the DTaP or DPT vaccinations that most of our students received in infancy/early childhood and it is also different than the Td (commonly "Tetanus shot") that many may have received as adolescents or adults for tetanus prophylaxis for wounds. The Tdap has the standard dose of tetanus toxoid, a reduced dose of diphtheria and an acellular booster for pertussis ("whooping cough"). With the resurgence and increasing incidence of pertussis, the CDC and other authorities have recommended that all health care providers who have not received a Tdap as an adult (i.e. at age 16 or older) should receive one, regardless of the time since their last Td vaccination. The hospitals in which our students participate in clinical rotations require explicit documentation of the adult pertussis vaccination in order for students to be in their facilities.
  • Measles and mumps: Some of the clinical sites require nursing students to have quantitative measles and mumps antibody titers indicating they are immune to these infections within the last five years. Therefore, the College of Nursing requires evidence of immunity. We also request documentation of two doses of these vaccinations if you were born after 1957. A history of having "had the disease" is not adequate documentation of immunity to measles and mumps.
  • Rubella: Some of the clinical sites available to students require nursing students to have quantitative rubella antibody titers indicating they are immune to this infection within the last five years. Therefore, the College of Nursing requires evidence of immunity. We also request documentation of at least one dose of this vaccination if you were born after 1957. A history of having "had the disease" is not adequate documentation of immunity to rubella.
  • Varicella: All students should provide a quantitative varicella antibody titer dated within the last five years to assess their immunity to this infection. If a student has a history of receiving the vaccination, we request documentation of two doses of this vaccination. A history of having "had the disease" is not adequate documentation of immunity to varicella.
  • Hepatitis B: The majority of clinical sites require documentation of three doses of this vaccination and a quantitative antibody titer (anti-HBs) indicating response to the immunizations. If the titer is above 10, the titer never needs to be repeated. Therefore, the College of Nursing has the same requirement. Students must have evidence of three doses and immunity to Hepatitis B. (Please note that additional blood work and potential re-vaccination may be required in the event that immunity is not documented after the primary series.)
  • Tuberculin (TB): All students must annually submit evidence of no active pulmonary TB. Most students will be screened with a TB skin test (PPD). If skin test is not recommended, a blood test (IGRA) is acceptable.  International students and students who have previously tested positive on the PPD skin test should consult with their health care provider. A detailed history and symptom review are needed for all students with a positive PPD skin test history.
  • Influenza: Students are required to receive one dose of influenza vaccine annually. Proof of this vaccination must be provided by the third Friday in October. 

Urine drug screen

All students must provide proof of a negative drug screen obtained at the Wayne State University Campus Health Center. MSN and DNP students who are distance learners can use a local facility; however, the screen must include the following drugs: 

  • Amphetamines
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Methadone
  • Phencycline
  • THC (Marijuana)
  • Barbiturates
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates

Criminal background investigation

According to Public Health Code Section 20173 and Section 21173(1), any individual who regularly provides direct services to patients and residents in nursing homes, county medical facilities, homes for the aged and adult foster care cannot be granted clinical privileges if they have been convicted of one or more of the following:

  1. A felony or an attempt or conspiracy to commit a felony within the 15 years preceding the date of application.
  2. A misdemeanor involving abuse, neglect, assault, battery, or criminal sexual conduct or involving fraud or theft against a vulnerable adult defined in the Michigan penal code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.145m, or a state or federal crime that is substantially similar to a misdemeanor described in this subdivision within 10 years immediately preceding the date of application.

Students must have a criminal background check performed by CastleBranch/Certified Background. There is a $36.75 fee for this service, which can be paid by Visa, Mastercard or money order. Results will be available to the College of Nursing online, so it is not necessary to provide documentation.

Instructions for initiating the online background check:  

  1. Visit
  2. Enter your contact information and payment method. 

BLS for the professional rescuer

Students must demonstrate evidence of completion of a CPR course that covers CPR for the adult, child and infant as well as one-person and two-person CPR. The course may be taken at the College of Nursing, or it can be taken at one of several agencies in the community. Original dated certification documents must cover the entire academic/clinical year and must be resubmitted when they expire.

ACE requirements

Undergraduate and selected graduate students must meet requirements for the Alliance for the Clinical Experience (ACEMAPP). Students will receive an email with additional information about completing their profile and completing three learning modules: HIPAA, OSHA and Blood Borne Pathogens Assessment. Additional modules may be required by clinical site. ACE will notify students of the additional required modules.

Professional liability insurance

The College of Nursing will provide liability insurance through Nursing Practice Corporation at a cost of $10.29 for all students except for midwifery students. Coverage is through the academic year (Aug. 15 through Aug. 14) regardless of when you begin clinicals. Students who begin clinicals in the spring/summer will be required to pay two academic years. 

An option for midwifery students is Contemporary Insurance Services. The annual cost for the insurance at Contemporary is $500 (plus tax) and you can apply online.