The University of Iowa requires all health science students to provide documentation of the following immunizations. In addition, College of Nursing students participate in many clinical experiences and must comply with the standards agreed upon by our clinical partners. Students are expected to provide documented proof of the following health requirements upon acceptance into the College. College of Nursing contracts with Castle Branch, a service that allows students  to order their own background checks online and to store all requirement documentation.


1) Criminal Background Check and Abuse Registry Checks
Ordered by student upon acceptance in to the program

2) Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
Must have documentation of at least one of the following:

  • 2 vaccination dates
  • Positive antibody titer for all 3 components (lab report OR physician verification of results required)

3) ​Varicella (Chicken Pox)
Must have documentation of at least one of the following:

  • 2 vaccination dates
  • Positive antibody titer (lab report OR physician verification of results required)

4) Hepatitis B Vaccine and Titer:

  • Vaccine series completed at the appropriate intervals, followed by an antibody titer.  The titer is REQUIRED, even if series was completed as a child.
  • If the Hep B titer is negative, you will need to repeat the Hep B series and have a titer drawn 4-6 weeks after the final vaccine.
  • If you do not have Hep B vaccination records but believe you got them, you can get the titer to check for immunity.

5) ​Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap)
Must have documentation of Tdap within 10 years

6) TB Skin Test (yearly)
There must be documentation of one of the following:

  • 2-step TB skin test: The 1st test is placed with results read in 48-72 hours. The 2nd test is placed at least 7 days after the first test reading, and must be read in 48-72 hours.(documentation must include dates administered, dates read and negative results).
  • Blood test: IGRA (Interferon Gamma Release Assay – Quantiferon Gold or T-Spot).
  • If positive TB results, you must provide documentation of a clear Chest X-Ray AND a TB Assessment Form 

7) Influenza (due October 15th)
Must have recent (seasonal) documentation

8) Health Screening Form
Must be completed on the school form and signed by a medical professional

9) CPR Certification
Current certification in American Heart Association (Healthcare Provider) or Red Cross Professional Rescuer training including one and two person adult and child.

10) Iowa RN License
Current Iowa RN License, including expiration date.

11) Liability/Malpractice Insurance
Minimum coverage of $1,000,000 coverage/single incident and $3,000,000/aggregate (provided by the College of Nursing and charged to your UBill)

12) Compliance Training
Online training provided by the College of Nursing to be completed prior to matriculation.

For any questions regarding clinical requirements, please contact Angela Melsa Worrell at 319-335-7069 or  by email at