Annual Health Requirements

Contracts with fieldwork sites require that students in clinical fieldwork placements show proof of current health insurance and documentation of current health status and other requirements. The findings of the health examination will not necessarily exclude the student from a placement. Students must keep the health requirements detailed below up to date throughout the entire OT program.

IMPORTANT: Students who do not remain current on health documentation will not be permitted to remain enrolled in fieldwork classes and may compromise their position in the Occupational Therapy program.

Health Requirements

  • TB Skin Test: 2-step PPD highly preferred; renewed annually
  • Current Adult Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination
    • Positive* Titer results for:
      - Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
      - Varicella
      - Hepatitis B**
      *If a student receives a negative titer result, booster vaccinations and another titer to prove immunity is required.
      **Students who have not completed the Hepatitis B series, and choose not to, must sign and submit a declination waiver in place of the titer.
    • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers, renewed every 2 years
    • Current health insurance, proof submitted annually
    • Current physical examination, updated upon request
    • Seasonal influenza vaccination, received annually

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

Students may be required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screening if so specified by a clinical fieldwork site. This is not a requirement of Towson University but the student will have to complete this requirement to be assigned to fieldwork and successfully complete the program. More information can be found on the criminal background check page.

Hearing Screening

Students are required to have their hearing screened the first semester in the program. This can be completed at no cost to students when they go to the Speech, Language and Hearing Center on TU's campus. The clinic regularly offers screening for health professions and education students and is coordinated by the Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Studies.

Speech, Language and Hearing Center at Towson University

CPR Courses and First Aid

Proof of current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR Certification must be current throughout the entire program. Certification courses must have a practical / mannequin component; therefore on-line courses are not accepted. It is highly recommended that students complete a standard course in First Aid.

IMPORTANT: Students who do not remain current on health documentation will not be permitted to remain enrolled in fieldwork classes and may compromise their position in the Occupational Therapy program.