Academic Advising

Students, regardless of age, who are accepted into a CCSNH program requiring participation in a clinic practicum, internship, co-op or field experience, or student who participate in inter- collegiate athletics or reside in a residence hall, must present documented proof of immunizations against measles, mumps, rubella, tuberculin skin infection and tetanus before participation or residence can be approved. Records will be maintained by Program Directors & Clinical Coordinators. RVCC works with various software programs to help students collect and manage this information. Students should consult their program director for additional information.

Please note: Individual clinical sites may require a COVID-19 vaccination in order to participate. As with all clinical program requirements, the site reserves the right to deny participation to any student who does not meet basic eligibility criteria. CCSNH students who do not meet eligibility criteria for clinical programming may be required to select an alternate course of study in the event that the student cannot obtain the required clinical experience for their chosen course of study. Individual programs of study are not required to secure clinical experience for students who do not meet eligibility criteria.

Documentation standards are as follows:

  1. Students shall be considered immune to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) only if they have:
      a. Documentation of immunization with 2 doses of live vaccine after 12 months of age;
      b. Laboratory confirmation of immune titers for measles, mumps and rubella; or
      c. Had one rubella, provided the student was born prior to 1957.
  2. Students shall be considered immune to measles or rubella, instead of MMR only if they have:
        a. Had the disease confirmed by an office record of a doctor;
        b. Been born before 1957 and therefore considered immune;
        c. Laboratory confirmation of an immune titer;
        d. Been immunized with 2 doses of live vaccine after 12 months of age; or
        e. Been subject to the more stringent requirements of a clinic or practicum site.
  3. Students shall be considered immune to mumps instead of MMR only if they have:
        a. Had disease confirmed by an office record;
        b. Been immunized with one dose of vaccine after 12 months of age; or
        c. Been subject to the more stringent requirements of a clinic or practicum site.
  4. Students shall be considered immune to rubella instead of MMR only if they have:
        a. Laboratory confirmation of an immune titer;
        b. Been immunized with one dose of vaccine after 12 months of age; or
        c. Been subject to the more stringent requirements of a clinic or practicum site.
  5. Students shall be considered immune to tetanus only if they have received tetanus- diphtheria booster within the last 10 years.
  6. Students entering the medical field shall be considered immune to hepatitis B series only if they have been immunized with 3 doses of hepatitis B, according to the following schedule:
        a. After being given the first dose, the student shall receive a second dose no later than one month after the first; and
        b. After being given the second dose, the student shall receive a third dose no later than six months after the second.
  7. Students shall be considered immune to tuberculin skin infection only if they have:
        a. Proof of a negative Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) within the last year;
        b. A positive PPD established by an x-ray with negative results within the last year; or
        c. Been subject to modification for clinic or practicum site.
  8. The documented date of immunization for both measles and rubella shall include the day, month, and year. However, only month and year shall suffice as long as the month and year show that the immunization was given at least 13 months from month of birth. If only the year of immunization is provided, the date given shall be 2 years from the year of birth.
  9. Exceptions to this policy shall be granted for good cause by the college President. Good cause shall include, but not be limited to, medical contra-indications or other reasons beyond the control of the student.
  10. Requests for waiver shall be submitted in writing to the President of the College. The President shall determine if the application shall be granted or denied within 10 working days of its receipt.