Tuberculosis (TB) Testing Requirements for All Incoming Students
As an incoming student, you will be required to undergo Tuberculosis (TB) testing prior to arriving on campus. The purpose is to maintain a healthy and safe campus for the NPU community. You will need to visit your primary care physician or a clinician prior to arriving at NPU. Please note there are two (2) forms to fill out.
- Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment (College_University Student Risk Assessment)
- Clinical Tuberculosis Assessment by Health Care Provider (ACHA Adapted TB Screening Form)
The first form, titled “Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment”, needs to be filled out by your medical provider. If your doctor answers “Yes” on any of the questions, he/she will need to complete the second form, titled “Clinical Tuberculosis Assessment by Health Care Provider”. In addition, please attach copies of laboratory reports and chest x-rays (if applicable) to the completed form. Failure to do so may cause your form to be incomplete and you will not be able to register for classes.
Once the forms are complete, please upload them to your applicant/student portal. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Before submitting your questions, please see below for Frequently Asked Questions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q1: What if my doctor will not fill out this form?
Please urge your doctor to fill out this form and state that your university requires this form to be completed. At the very least, your doctor should provide his/her own form along with the medical records attached.
Q2: What if I had a TB test done recently?
Unless you have had a TB test done in the one month preceding the date of your acceptance to NPU, you will still need to complete another TB test. If you had a TB evaluation done in the last month, please submit the testing report to email@example.com. NPU administration will review the report to determine if it is sufficient. Please do not submit reports older than one month prior to the date of this letter.
Q3: What if I cannot schedule a doctor’s appointment in time before reporting to NPU?
You will need to have your TB evaluation immediately when you arrive. Please note that the TB evaluation takes about one to two weeks to complete. You will not be able to register for courses until you complete your TB evaluation.
Q4: If I was born in the United States and never left the country or a permanent resident/U.S. Citizen, will I still have to be tested?
Please have your doctor fill out the “Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment” form to determine if you need to be tested.
Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 120397, you are being notified about the risks of meningococcal disease.
What you should know about meningococcal disease
- It is a serious illness caused by bacteria that can infect the blood or areas around the brain and spinal cord. Infection can lead to brain damage, disability, and rapid death. Meningitis is the most common form of meningococcal disease. Common symptoms of meningitis include stiff neck, headache, and high fever.
- Meningococcal vaccines can help prevent meningococcal disease
- Check with your health care provider about meningococcal vaccines you need.
How many people get the disease? Who is likely to get it?
- Meningococcal disease is rare but serious. About 1,000 people in the US get meningococcal disease each year. After infancy, older adolescents and young adults have the highest rate of meningococcal disease. College freshman living in dorms are particularly at risk.
How serious is it?
- About one in ten people who get meningococcal disease will die from it even if treated. Up to one in five survivors will lose a limb, become deaf, suffer brain damage, or have other complications.
How are Meningococcal Bacteria spread?
- The bacteria are spread from person to person through air droplets. Close contact such as kissing, coughing, smoking, and living in crowded conditions (like dorms) can increase your risk of getting the disease.
- Overall, 5-10% of the U.S. population has the meningococcal bacteria in their throat, but only a few of them get sick. No one knows why some people get sick and others do not.
How can I protect myself?
You can protect yourself by:
- Not sharing items that have touched someone else’s mouth, such as cups, bottles, cigarettes, lip balm, and eating utensils;
- Not smoking; and
- Getting vaccinated against meningococcal disease
- Check with your health care provider about which meningococcal vaccines you need.
What Meningococcal Vaccines Should I Get?
- MCV4 vaccine protects against four deadly types of meningitis. If you have not received a dose since your 16th birthday, make sure to get it now.
- MenB vaccine protects against the most common cause of bacterial meningitis among teens and young adults. In recent years Men B outbreaks have occurred at UC Santa Barbara, the University of Oregon, and Princeton University. Ask your doctor if you should get it.
For more information about meningococcal disease, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html