The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing

School of Nursing and Health Professions Health Requirements

To protect the health of all USF community members and the patients that you serve, USF and our Clinical Partners require students to fulfill certain health requirements. Nursing and Health Profession students are expected to submit their health requirement records to the School of Nursing and Health Professions, not Health Promotion Services.

The health requirements for the School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP) will fulfill the requirements of USF Health Promotion Services. You will only need to submit the documentation from this web page directly to the SONHP. Only Undergraduate Health Insurance information will be handled through Health Promotion Services.

The SONHP has contracted with Certified Background for the processing and collection of all health requirement documentation, background checks, and drug testing. You must be cleared by the SONHP via Certified Background prior to entering the clinical setting. Expiration dates cannot expire during the semester or you will not be cleared for that term.

Term Deadline Requirement
Fall August 1 All updates
Fall October 15 Flu vaccine only
Spring December 15     All updates
Summer      May 1 All updates
Please choose your corresponding program's detailed Health Requirement information and Certified Background account set-up instructions:
Program      Health Requirements Checklist    
Certified Background Account Set-up Instructions     
Behavioral Health      Coming Soon! MSBH Account Set-Up Instructions
BSN Hilltop Campus (Fall Start - Freshman)* BSN (Fall Start - Freshman) Checklist - Part I BSN Account Set-Up Instructions (Document Manager Only)
BSN Hilltop Campus (Fall Start - Transfer) BSN (Fall Start - Transfer) Checklist BSN Account Set-Up Instructions
BSN Hilltop Campus (Spring Start - Transfer)* BSN (Spring Start - Transfer) Checklist - Part I BSN Account Set-Up Instructions (Document Manager Only)
BSN Sacramento Campus (Fall Start) BSN Sacramento Campus (Fall Start) Checklist      BSN Account Set-Up Instructions
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Completion DNP Completion Checklist DNP Completion Account Set-Up Instructions
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) PsyD Checklist PsyD Account Set-Up Instructions
EMT Training Program EMT Training Program Checklist EMT Training Account Set-Up Instructions
Executive Leader Doctor of Nursing Practice (ELDNP) ELDNP Checklist ELDNP Account Set-Up Instructions
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) FNP Checklist FNP Account Set-Up Instructions
Healthcare Systems Leadership (HCSL) HCSL Checklist HCSL Account Set-Up Instructions
MPH      Coming Soon!    MPH Account Set-Up Instructions
MSN (Non-nurse) MSN (Non-nurse) Checklist MSN Non-nurse Account Set-Up Instructions
MSN (On-ground and Online) MSN (On-ground and Online) Checklist      MSN (On-ground and Online) Account Set-Up Instructions     
Perioperative Transition Program Coming Soon! Peri-op Account Set-Up Instructions
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)    PMHNP Checklist PMHNP Account Set-Up Instructions
RN Transition Program RN Transition Program Checklist RN Transition Account Set-Up Instructions

*For BSN students who start as Freshman in the fall term or transfer students in the spring term, you will only complete a portion of your health requirements when you enter the program. A second set of requirements will need to be completed just before starting clinicals. Part II of your health requirements

Program      Health Requirements Checklist    
Certified Background Account Set-up Instructions     
BSN Hilltop Campus     BSN Hilltop Checklist - Part II BSN Account Set-up Instructions (Background Check & Drug Test Only)

Forms and Waivers

These forms are available here for download and are also available in your Certified Background account.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to complete my health requirements?

  • It is safe to plan for your health requirements to take approximately one month to complete. Please be mindful of your deadlines and do not wait until the last minute to start working on this documentation.

Where can I go to have medical work done on campus?

  • The USF Student Health Clinic is the location that students at USF can go to have medical work completed. More information about the USF Student Health Clinic is available on the Health Promotion Services website.
Is there a special form my healthcare provider has to complete for my physical & mental review?
  • Your healthcare provider does not have to complete any particular form. When s/he signs your health requirement worksheet, this verifies that you are clear to enter clinicals.

What is a Tdap booster and how often do I have to get one?

  • A Tdap Booster is the shot to help prevent Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap). This shot has only been available since 2005 and is valid for 10 years.

What is a 2-step PPD test?

  • A 2-step PPD test is when you have your 1st PPD skin test placed and read two days later. Then, you have a 2nd PPD skin test placed and read two days later. This process is completed within a two week period. The purpose is to ensure that you do not have a false negative. The timing is critical because more than two weeks between tests could results in a false positive due to the repeated exposure to the test.

Do I have to have a TB test every year?

  • A TB test is valid for one year. Students are expected to maintain current TB test results. If a TB test will expire during the course of a semester, then the student must update the test results prior to the start of the semester.

What are the requirements for Positive TB Chest X-Rays?

  • If a student tests positive for TB, then a chest x-ray must be performed. A chest x-ray is valid for 5 years. If the chest x-ray results expire, then a new chest x-ray must be performed.

What is a Positive TB Symptom Review and how often do I have to have one?

  • A student who tests positive for TB must have a symptom review performed by a healthcare provider each year to determine if they have active symptoms. You may use the form your healthcare provider issues or the Positive TB Symptom Review form from the SONHP.

Why do I have to have titers instead of an Immunization Record?

  • Titers are blood results that test for the presence of antibodies against diseases. When we have vaccinations our immune system does not always convert the vaccination into immunity against that particular disease. Titer tests ensure that our body has actually converted the vaccination into immunity. This is important to ensure the continued health of our nursing students in the clinical setting and helps prevent the spread of diseases to the patients you serve.

What if my titer results are negative?

  • If you have had your first titer test and the results were negative, equivocal, or borderline, then you need to repeat the vaccination series for that particular disease. Once you have completed the entire re-vaccination series or booster, then you would have the titer for that disease retested.

What if I have had two vaccination series and two titer tests and my results are still negative?

  • If you have repeated vaccination series and completed a second titer and the results are still negative, equivocal, or borderline, then you may sign a waiver for this disease. Waivers are available by contacting the SONHP at nursing@usfca.edu or (415) 422-6681.

What if I have medical condition that prevents me from completing a vaccine?

  • If you have a medical condition, then you may sign a waiver that the SONHP will keep on file to document your medical exception.

Why do I have to have a Flu Vaccine each year?

  • You are required to receive a flu shot in order to protect the patients you serve and in order to prevent you from being a carrier. Each year the Center for Disease Control (CDC) develops a flu vaccine that is a combination of the strains of Influenza most likely to be active in the next flu season. Flu vaccines are available from late September through early May. Students are required to have a current flu vaccine on file in order to enter the clinical setting. Keep proof of your Flu vaccine until the following year.

Why do I have to have my Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification through the American Heart Association?

  • This certification is valid for a two year period and provides comprehensive training in this area. This certification helps reduce the frequency in which you have to re-certify during your program.

What is the requirement for the Background Check?

  • The SONHP uses Certified Background as our background check provider. To sign up for the background check, you will utilize the directions for Certified Background. Once you remit payment your background check will run automatically. Reports will automatically be sent via a secured website back to the SONHP. You only have to report the date that you submitted for the background check. For more details, contact Certified Background at 1-888-666-7788.

What is the requirement for the Drug Test?

  • The SONHP uses Certified Background as our drug test coordinator. To sign up for the drug test, you will utilize the directions for Certified Background. Once you have remitted your payment, Certified Background will provide with you a Lab Corp nearest you. You have 72 hours to submit to the drug test. Reports will automatically be sent via a secured website back to the SONHP. You only have to report the date that you submitted for the drug test. For more details, contact Certified Background at 1-888-666-7788.

Have Certified Background Questions?

Certified Background Service Desk
Tel: (888) 914-7279
Email: cpservicedesk@certifiedprofile.com

Have Program Related Questions?

Bachelor’s (Hilltop), MSN Non-Nurse (CNL), EMT Training students
Contact Justin Moore at:
School of Nursing and Health Professions, Cowell Hall 112
Tel: (415) 422-2693, Fax: (415) 422-6877
Email: jwmoore@usfca.edu

Bachelor’s (VANAP) students
Contact Sydney West at:
School of Nursing and Health Professions, Presidio
Tel: (415) 422-4871, Fax: (415) 422-6877
Email: swest2@usfca.edu

RN Transition students
Contact Jaime Maldonado at:
School of Nursing and Health Professions, Cowell 103
Tel: (415) 422-4187, Fax: (415) 422-6877
Email: jtmaldonado@usfca.edu

Master’s of Science (RN Licensed) students 
Contact Stacy Simmons at:
School of Nursing and Health Professions, Cowell Hall 104
Tel: (415) 422-4544, Fax: (415) 422-6877
Email: snsimmons@usfca.edu

DNP Completion and Healthcare Systems Leadership (HCSL) DNP students
Contact Benita Silverman at:
School of Nursing and Health Professions, Presidio
Tel: (415) 422-4524, Fax: (415) 422-6877
Email: blsilverman@usfca.edu

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) DNP students
Contact Pamela Tate-Roger at:
School of Nursing and Health Professions, Presidio
Tel: (415) 422-8083, Fax: (415) 422-6877
Email: patateroger@usfca.edu