Student Immunization Compliance

Did you know all students are required to meet Minnesota immunization standards? If you are a healthcare student, you have additional, special immunization requirements.


Requirements for All Students

All students are required by Minnesota law to provide basic immunization information to the Health and Wellness Clinic at St. Catherine University. Failure to do so by the 45th day of the first term of enrollment will result in a hold on your student account. All immunization information must be submitted through the Health Portal.

Health and Wellness Patient Portal

Tips for finding immunization information

All current St. Kate’s students are required to submit the following information.

  • Submit dates of two (2) doses of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR or individual vaccines). Dose 1 is typically administered at age 12 months or later; dose 2 is administered at least 28 days after first dose.
  • Submit the date of (1) dose of immunization against tetanus and diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) received within the past ten years.

If you have had measles, mumps, or rubella, the law requires that you either have a blood titer (blood test) done to prove immunity or a physician’s signed document attesting to the disease including the month and year in which you had the disease. Students submitting a blood titer must upload/submit a copy of the laboratory result in the student health portal.

There is no titer that is acceptable as proof of immunity to diphtheria-tetanus.

Students can find their immunization record information through their healthcare provider, personal or family medical records, or their high school/previous college. The Minnesota Immunization Information Connection might also be able to help. Contact them by calling 1-800-657-3970.

Please make certain that your name and date of birth appear on the document for identification purposes.

International Student Requirement
In addition to the basic requirements above, all international students must complete and submit the online Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment form. If you answer “Yes” to any of the Risk Assessment questions, you will be required to schedule a TB screening appointment at the Health and Wellness Clinic.

Residential Student Requirement
In addition to the basic requirements above, all students planning to live in the residence halls are strongly encouraged to complete and submit this additional immunization information:

  • Submit the date of one (1) dose of immunization against meningoccal (Menactra, Menomune, Menveo, or other A,C,Y,W -135), either initial or booster, administered upon or after reaching age 16.

Online and Commuter Student Requirement
Online and commuter students are only required to provide basic immunization information as detailed above.

Additional Information Per Minnesota Statute 135A.14
If you do not complete your immunization information online or if you are not compliant with all the required immunizations by the 45th day of class, a hold will be placed on your student account and you will not be permitted to register for classes. Based on individual circumstances, there may be other requirements or recommendations. 

Students who wish to conscientiously object to a particular vaccine are required by Minnesota Statute 135A.14 to submit a notarized statement of exemption to St. Catherine University, which will be forwarded to the commissioner of health.

Getting Vaccinations and Immunization Testing
If you cannot locate your immunization records, the Health and Wellness Clinic can test your immunization status.  If you need any of the required vaccinations, the Health and Wellness Clinic can help with that, too. Contact the Health and Wellness Clinic at 651-690-6714 to schedule an appointment. 


Requirements for Healthcare Students

As a student in one of the health profession programs at St. Catherine University, you will be required to meet certain immunization and background study requirements. The requirements meet the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Health guidelines and are for the protection of our students and the patients and clients we serve. You will receive detailed information on these requirements and will work with the Student Compliance Office on fulfilling the requirements which must be received and cleared prior to your first fieldwork or clinical experience.

Please note: This is not an official form and does not contain all of the details needed to properly complete all requirements. When you enter your program, we will send you a customized form containing specific instructions and deadlines.

For each item below, documentation is required from a healthcare facility. Please be sure that all documentation includes your name and date of birth.

  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccination (MMR)
  • Tuberculosis Testing
  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (TDAP)
  • Hepatitis B (Anti-HBS)
  • Chickenpox/Varicella
  • Flu Shot

 

One of the following is required:

  • Documentation of two MMR vaccinations after 12 months of age.
  • Documentation that you are immune to:
    • Rubeola (Red Measles)
    • Rubella (German Measles)
    • Mumps

One of the following is required:

  • Documentation of a negative TB blood test (Quantiferon, TSpot, etc.)
  • Documentation of 2 negative Tuberculin Skin Tests/Mantoux

*If you have ever had a positive Tuberculosis test, please contact Student Compliance for your next step at 651-690-7781. Be prepared to show proof of the positive TB test and subsequent recent x-ray/treatment.

Documentation of vaccination

One of the following is required:

  • Documentation that you are immune to Hepatitis B
  • Documentation of a series of three Hepatitis B Vaccinations

One of the following is required:

  • Documentation of 2 doses of the vaccine
  • Documentation that you are immune to chickenpox

Documentation of the current season's flu shot

If you are unable to locate your immunization history, you will be required to complete a titer for each disease/condition. Requiring a simple blood draw, titers measure the amount of immunity you have against a specified disease/condition. Many titers can be measured with one blood draw.

It is important to note that, even if you can locate all of your immunization information, titers are still the best option to ensure your safety in the healthcare field. Having had all the required immunizations does not ensure immunity. Many people do not understand that immunity can either "not take" when given or wear off over time. If you have a titer done as you enter the healthcare field, you know for sure you are protected against all of the communicable diseases/conditions we are typically immunized for.

Documentation Needed
When completing your immunization packet, we require documentation, or proof, to verify the information you are reporting to us. Documentation includes

  • School records

  • Documents from your physician or healthcare facility showing the immunization and dates given.

  • Documents from a lab (to include your name, date, and result of test)

  • Any form signed by your physician stating specific information

  • Military records

  • Immigration records

  • Immunization registry (state or local health department)

Deadlines
All students are required to complete their immunization packet and return it to the Student Compliance Office at St. Catherine University. Dates will vary per program but will be clearly stated on the forms you receive from Student Compliance.

Returning Students
All returning students are required to maintain current tuberculosis testing, background studies, and flu shots. Specific details will be communicated to you via an email from the Student Compliance Office.

Submit Your Immunization Info

In Person

209 Old Main, Minneapolis Campus

 

By Email

studentcompliance@stkate.edu
*The email subject line must include your name, program, and student id number.

By Mail

Attn: Student Compliance Office
St. Catherine University
601 25th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55454

By Phone

651-690-7781

 

By Fax

651-690-7833
Attn: Student Compliance Office
The cover sheet must include your name, program, and student id number.


Background Study Requirement

Please do not complete until you have instructions to do so by your program!

Minnesota state law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a healthcare facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health (DHS) has a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study will not be permitted to participate in clinical rotations.

Failure to participate in clinical rotations required by the academic program could result in ineligibility to qualify for a degree in the program. You are responsible for maintaining a copy of your background check clearance and providing it to your clinical site if requested. The cost of the DHS study is $20.00, and is due at the time of study initiation. You will need a credit card or debit card to complete the study. Please note that the fee is charged by DHS, and is completely separate from St. Kate's (St. Kate's does not profit from the $20.00 fee).