UT Tyler

Office of International Programs

Medical Clearance Requirements for International Students

New first-year international students must submit satisfactory proof of having met all medical clearance requirements before they can enroll in or attend UT Tyler classes and campus events. This requirement applies to international transfer students already in the U.S. as well. If you belong to either category, review the information below to ensure that you fully understand UT Tyler's medical clearance requirements and are able to meet them in a timely manner. 

Meningitis Vaccine 

Texas state law requires that all students attending a college in Texas who are under the age of 22 receive a vaccine or booster against bacterial meningitis, whether they will live on- or off-campus. For more information, refer to the UT Tyler Meningitis Policy or consult an Admissions Office staff member. 

Tuberculosis (TB) Screening 

To protect the health of the university community, UT Tyler requires tuberculosis (TB) screening for all F and J visa-holding students/scholars, as well as H visa holders taking an on-campus course at any UT Tyler campus location, who have visited high TB burden countries, as identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The cost of a TB screening test varies from provider to provider. At the UT Tyler Health Clinic, the test costs $105. However, it is free for students with proof of valid UT Tyler health insurance coverage at the time of testing.

If you are a new international student who has just arrived in Tyler, contact the international insurance advisor at intlinsurance@uttyler.edu before getting tested. If you are covered under an alternative insurance policy, contact your company to learn if the test or a portion of it is covered.

Overview of UT Tyler International Student TB Screen Hold Clearance Process

  1. An enrollment hold is placed on the student account of each newly admitted student whose home country is on the CDC list of high TB burden countries.
  2. The student prints the UT Tyler TB Screening Form and takes it to a screening test site for their licensed medical provider to complete and sign. A blood sample is drawn.
  3. A few days later, the student obtains their screening test results and submits them with the UT Tyler form to tbscreening@uttyler.edu.
  4. The results are reviewed by medical personnel.
             a. If the test is negative, the hold is removed.  
             b. If the test is positive, the result is verified with a chest X-ray.
                        i. If cleared by the X-ray, the hold is removed.
                       ii. If not cleared, the student must complete their University-prescribed course of treatment prior to being permitted to join classes.

To ensure the acceptability of your TB screen hold clearance documents, make sure your TB screen test and accompanying documentation meet all of UT Tyler's requirements outlined below. 

Results from skin-prick based TB screening tests will not be accepted. 

  • No skin-prick TB screening test results will be accepted, as they do not meet UT Tyler TB screening requirements. Your results must be based on either the QuantiFERON® –TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-G) or Interferon Gamma Assay (IGRA) blood test.

Results from tests taken more than 3 months prior to program start date will not be accepted. 

  • Only test results dated within the last 3 months prior to your program start date (as noted on your I-20) can be considered. However, you may not be able to start your classes in time if you begin the screening process less than 10 days from your start date, so we highly recommend you get screened as soon as possible.

No test results will be accepted without a properly completed and signed UT Tyler TB Screening Form.

  • You must use the UT Tyler TB Screening Form. Print and take it with you to your screening. Results can be provided on the form or attached to it. Do not alter the form in any way. Results must be in English and the form must be signed by a licensed medical provider.

TB screening results from tests taken outside the U.S. are permitted.

  • As long as your test meets all the requirements listed above, you may get tested wherever it’s most convenient and cost-effective for you. If you wish to be screened upon arriving in Tyler, the University Health Clinic and many off-campus sites provide TB screening services. Houston Engineering Center students may complete their screening through Student Health Services at the UT Health Science Center.
 
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