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Post-Acceptance Requirements

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences requires all students to be fully compliant with the current guidelines against vaccine-preventable diseases prior to the commencement of clinical activities. These guidelines state proof of immunity status must be available and the clinical site can request a copy of immunization documentation from students at any time in preparation for or during a clinical placement. Prior to November 1st, or prior to the start of any clinical rotations or patient contact (whichever occurs first), students should be enrolled in Student Health Services, who will screen for compliance with BC Guidelines that may include Tetanus/Diphtheria-Toxoid, Polio, MMR, Chickenpox and Hepatitis B, and a negative TB skin test result (if the skin test is positive, a chest x-ray is required). Failure to comply with documentation requirement could result in the individual being barred from the clinical setting.

All students will have their vaccination records reviewed. Students with a positive test result or those who are unable to comply with vaccination requirements for any communicable disease may face restrictions in the course of their pharmacy training and may be constrained in their ability to practice.

In addition, all students are required to obtain an influenza vaccination each year. If it is contraindicated for a student to receive the influenza vaccine, the student must have a current written prescription for antiviral medication. In the event of an influenza outbreak at the healthcare institution in which a student is placed, evidence of a current influenza vaccination must be provided. Pharmacy students must meet the current immunization requirements of the Health Authority in which they are doing their placement.

All newly admitted students to the Doctor of Pharmacy program are required to register with the College of Pharmacists of B.C. by September 1st. Registration includes, but is not limited to, submission of a Notarized Identification form and a Criminal Record Check Authorization form.

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