UT Tyler

Office of International Programs

Medical Clearance Requirements for International Students

Meningitis Vaccine

Beginning in January 2012, state law requires that all Texas college students who are under the age of 22 must receive a vaccination or booster against bacterial meningitis. The vaccine is required for students of public and private colleges, living both on and off campus. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar.

Mandatory Tuberculosis Screening General Information 

Because we care about the health of the entire UT Tyler community, beginning August 2016, UT Tyler requires all new and returning International and Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) students, as well as all visiting scholars, who are considered to be at high risk for tuberculosis disease, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to be screened for tuberculosis (TB) prior to participating in campus activities at UT Tyler or resuming activities at UT Tyler after visiting countries included on the World Health Organization (WHO) High Burden Countries list for TB.

UT Tyler students participating in study abroad activities in locations included on the High Burden Countries list, at any time during the semester or vacation periods, must be screened within one week of their return to campus. It is a mandatory requirement for all high risk students to be screened and/or tested for TB immediately upon their arrival to the UT Tyler campus.   

Students and visiting scholars who are considered to be at high risk for tuberculosis disease, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who do not complete the required TB screening, and those who do not submit the appropriate documentation prior to the mandatory New International Student Orientation will NOT be allowed to participate in campus activities, including attending the mandatory New International Student Orientation, registering for classes or attending classes.  

*Note: All UT Tyler students and visiting scholars arriving from or returning from high risk countries will be responsible to complete the screening process at their own cost. The cost of the required TB screening for new and returning international students is not covered by UT Tyler.  

Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Details:

TB screening must be drawn and completed, regardless of prior Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination, no more than three months prior to attending UT Tyler's Mandatory New International Student Orientation (for fall 2017: Thursday, 24 August 2017) and no more than three months prior to the first day of class at UT Tyler (for fall 2017: Monday, 28 August 2017).

1. Students and visiting scholars are recommended to complete the TB screening requirement prior to arrival to UT Tyler.

  • For those arriving for the fall 2017 semester, test results must be dated on or before 24 August 2017 as indicated above. 
  • NOTE: If the QFT-G or T-SPOT test result is positive, a chest X-ray must be performed and dated within the same time frame as noted above (for fall 2017: on or before 24 August 2017). 

The only acceptable TB screening options are the Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) tests:  the QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-G) blood test or the T-SPOT are both acceptable forms of the IGRA.

2. After confirmed negative test results for TB are received, the hold on the student's account will be removed within four (4) business days of the date results are received enabling the student to attend New International Student Orientation and enroll in classes.

  • If the QFT-G or T-SPOT test result comes back inconclusive or borderline, a redraw must be done immediately.

3. Should a student test positive for TB, the University Health Clinic will contact the student and the student will be referred to the Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET HEALTH) for further treatment. Students are not allowed to attend classes until cleared by the NET HEALTH. 

Receiving the QFT-G blood test from the University Health Clinic located on the UT Tyler or Houston campus:

The QFT-G blood test is the only available option to complete the required TB screening at the University Health Clinic located on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. The charge for the blood test is $105.  If the student carries the international student health insurance coverage through AHP, then there will not be a cost with the student's valid Blue Cross and Blue Shield Insurance ID card.

Deadline dates for fall 2017 screening options are listed below.

1. The QFT-G blood test will be administered in the University Health Clinic on the UT Tyler campus on the dates listed below.

  • Results of the QFT-G blood test will not be available for three - five business days after the test is administered at the University Health Clinic.  Be sure to schedule the test to be administered well before the date you plan to register for classes at UT Tyler or attend UT Tyler's mandatory New International Student Orientation.
  • If you have any questions, please call the University Health Clinic at 903.939.7870 or email TBscreening@uttyler.edu.

2. Download and complete page one (1) of the UT Tyler University Health Clinic Mandatory Tuberculosis Screening Documentation Form prior to arriving at the TB Screening Clinic.

  • Anyone who submits false or fraudulent information will be subject to disciplinary action through the Dean of Students in the UT Tyler Office of Student Affairs.
  • A picture identification such as passport, driver's license or state ID, will be required at the time of screening.
  • Ensure to bring health insurance information/insurance card since most policies will cover some of the expenses associated with TB screening.

Fall 2017 TB Screening Clinic Dates and Hours on the Tyler or Houston Campus:

1. Tyler Students and visiting scholars not able to complete the TB screening requirement prior to their arrival to UT Tyler may visit the UT Tyler University Health Clinic located at 3310 Patriot Drive on the UT Tyler campus on the dates/times listed below to complete the screening process. There is no need to make an appointment during the preset Clinic dates/times. Students and visiting scholars must complete all forms cited in the instructions below prior to arriving to any of the UT Tyler Clinics. Ensure to bring your health insurance information/insurance card since most policies will cover some of the expenses associated with TB screening.

Day Date Time Location 

Monday

14 August 2017

2 - 4 p.m. 

UT Tyler University Health Clinic
3310 Patriot Drive on the UT Tyler campus 

Tuesday 

15 August 2017

2 - 4 p.m.  

UT Tyler University Health Clinic 
3310 Patriot Drive on the UT Tyler campus 

Wednesday

16 August 2017

2 - 4 p.m. 

UT Tyler University Health Clinic
3310 Patriot Drive on the UT Tyler campus 

 

2. Houston Students who are not able to complete the TB screening requirement prior to their arrival to the UT Tyler Houston Engineering Center (HEC) may complete the screening process at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Student Clinic located in the UT Professional Building at 6410 Fannin Street, Suite 130 (parking is available in the Professional Building garage for an additional charge). Ensure to bring your health insurance information/insurance card since most policies will cover some of the expenses associated with TB screening.

UT Health Science Center at Houston Clinic Times:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Note:  Friday only, closed from noon - 1 p.m.).
Clinic Appointments: Call 713.500.5171.
Instructions: Download and complete page one (1) of the UT Tyler University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Mandatory Tuberculosis Screening Documentation Form prior to arriving at the TB Screening Clinic. Students are also required to bring a picture identification such as passport, driver's license or state ID on the day of their screening.

Other Recommended Immunizations

  • Chicken Pox
  • Annual Flu Shot

 Immunizations Offered at the University Health Center

  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • HPV
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis
  • Polio
  • Tubella
  • Tetanus
  • Seasonal Flu
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