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Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine requires that all accepted and continuing students admitted toward the conferral of the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree have current immunizations as a condition of affiliation with the college. 

In order to ensure that all students are protected against preventable communicable illness, the following requirements must be met prior to matriculation or within 60 days of classes starting. In addition, students must maintain compliance while enrolled at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine . Continuing students must comply with all immunization updates and be mindful of any immunizations that may expire while enrolled as a student. It is the student's responsibility to become and maintain compliant on all required immunizations. Students who fail to maintain compliance may be removed from classroom and/or clinical settings (including clerkships) until the student can provide proof of compliance. 

Students may not opt out of required immunizations. Students who are allergic to a vaccine ingredient, or who may have a medical condition which prevents the administration of a vaccine, must provide a health care provider's note. This note should be supplied to Case Western Reserve University Health Services. In addition the student should maintain a copy of this note for their records, as the student may need to supply it to clinical sites. Students may not be allowed on rotations or clerkships if all immunization requirements are not met. 

Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine has partnered with University Health Services at Case Western Reserve University to provide health services to all KSUCPM students. University Health Services also maintains a record of a student's immunization records. It is strongly recommended  that students make a copy of all immunization records prior to sending them to University Health Services. Students should keep all records of immunizations so that they can be provided to residency programs, hospitals or other medical institutions following graduation. 

All incoming students must provide documentation of the immunizations listed below prior to orientation or within 60 days of matriculation. Students should begin to review the immunizations listed below with a physician upon admission to the program. Students are strongly advised to begin receiving immunizations and/or titers that they may need and collecting documentation upon admission to the program. Students will submit documentation of immunization records to University Health Services once they receive the Medical Health Packet in the spring, prior to the first fall semester at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. The Medical Health Packet will be available via e-mail and mail in early June. A physician will need to fill out the immunization form, which is included in the packet. Students should not send any immunization records to University Health Services prior to receiving the Medical Health Packet. 


Required Immunizations for Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine students:

1st Year:

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)
    • One Tdap vaccine within the past 10 years. Td will not be accepted. 
    • Must be current all four years. 
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
    • Vaccine 1 dose if born before 01/01/1957; 2 doses if born on or after 01/01/1957. Minimum 4 weeks apart between Dose 1 and Dose 2. 
    • Positive Rubella titer required OR
    • Positive Rubeola IgG Titer, and Positive Mumps IgG Titer
  • Hepatitis B
    • 3 doses required. Dose 1 to Dose 2: minimum 4 weeks apart; Dose 2 to Dose 3: minimum 8 weeks apart (and at least 16 weeks after first dose) AND
    • Hep B sAB Titer - Positive

*The Hepatitis B series can take up to six months to complete. Students are advised to begin this series upon admission to the program. 

  • Varicella
    • 2 doses required. Minimum 4 weeks apart between Dose 1 to Dose 2 OR
    • Positive Varicella Zoster IgG Titer
  • Influenza (Vaccination required annually)
  • Tuberculosis screening (PPD)
    • Two TB skin tests (PPD) performed in the 12 months prior to starting classes, with the second PPD performed less than 3 months prior to the start. These must be done in the United States OR
    • A blood test, Interferon Gamma Release Assay (Quantiferon-TB Gold In-Tube or T-Spot), performed less than 3 months prior to starting class. 
      • An IGRA is required for thise with past BCG vaccine who have tested positive with a PPD, unless they have a positive IGRA in the past. 
      • A chest x-ray is required for the positive TB testing (PPD or IGRA).
      • Provide copies of reports for chest x-rays, blood tests, TB treatment statement, and PPD results. 


Below is a list of strongly recommended immunizations for KSUCPM students:

1st Year:

  • Meningococcal 
  • Hepatitis A
  • Human papillomavirus 
    • (HPV2, HPV4)
  • Polio

Continuing students are responsible for obtaining the following immunizations so they remain compliant with KSUCPM requirements:

2nd Year:

  • Influenza
  • Tuberculosis screening

3rd Year:

  • Influenza
  • Tuberculosis screening

4th Year:

  • Influenza
  • Tuberculosis screening


*Some clerkships/externships may require additional immunizations. Please check with the Office of Academic Services and Enrollment Analytics to determine if there are any additional immunization requirements. 

Immunization requirements are subject to change.