Physical Therapy

Health Insurance and Immunizations

Health Insurance

All Doctor of Physical Therapy students are required to carry health insurance (including hospitalization) throughout the entire program. It is the responsibility of the student to purchase health insurance and provide proof of insurance. Health concerns should be addressed with your primary care provider. South College does not have student health facilities, but we do have an agreement with Cherokee Health Systems to provide services to our students living in Knoxville or attending onsite lab intensives. Students are financially responsible for any services rendered by Cherokee. Once matriculated into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, students must show compliance with the health policy including personal health insurance coverage within one month of the start of classes. Failure to do so may result in being liable for dismissal from the program. Students must re-certify their health status (including proof of health insurance) prior to beginning the clinical year (year 2) of the program. Students may not engage in clinical activities until compliance has been met.

Immunizations

Prior to entering the South College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, students must submit health provider proof of a health examination and updated information of immunization health certificate indicating TB testing results and HBV immunization series.

Specific related requirements include:

  1. Provide proof of personal health insurance throughout the entire program;
  2. Provide proof of current BLS certification;
  3. Provide proof of a satisfactory and current physical examination;
  4. Provide proof of TB Tine Test (positive results will require the student to receive a chest x-ray and further evaluation);
  5. Provide proof of Hepatitis B vaccine and positive Hep B Ab;
  6. Provide proof of MMR vaccine or immunity;
  7. Provide Varicella history or vaccination;
  8. Influenza vaccine (required annually to be given during influenza season: October through May);
  9. Provide proof of Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine within the last 10 years; and,
  10. Provide proof of Polio vaccine series (3 doses OR  date of last booster OR immunization as an adult).

Prior to entering the clinical phase (year 2) of the program, students must again update their immunization and health certificate and provide proof of the following:

  1. Provide proof of current BLS certification;
  2. Provide proof of updated annual TB PPD or tine test;
  3. Provide proof of blood-borne pathogen orientation course; and
  4. Provide proof of current personal health insurance, throughout the clinical year.

For more information about immunization of Health Care Workers go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/