Immunization Laws

All students MUST submit to The Health Center documented proof of immunizations as required by North Carolina state law.  Students who are not compliant with NC immunization requirements within 30 days of the first day of class will be required to withdraw from classes. 

Students taking online courses, off campus courses, evening courses (after 5pm) or no more than 4 daytime credit hours are exempt from immunization requirements. 

The minimum immunization requirements for a student in a North Carolina college or university are as follows:

  • Tetanus Series (Td, DPT, Tdap) Three doses. One must have been within the past 10 years.  Those individuals enrolling in college or university for the first time on or after July 1, 2008 must have had three doses of tetanus/diphtheria toxoid and a booster dose of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine if a tetanus/diphtheria toxoid or tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine has not been administered within the past 10 years.

  • Measles Two doses (after 1st birthday).  Measles vaccines are not required if any of the following occur: Diagnoses of disease prior to January 1, 1994; an individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against measles; or an individual born prior to 1957.

  • Mumps Two doses.  Mumps vaccine is not required if any of the following occur: an individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against mumps; an individual born prior to 1957. 

  • Rubella One dose.  Rubella vaccine is not required if any of the following occur: 50 years of age or older; an individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against rubella.

  • Hepatitis B Three doses.  Hepatitis B vaccine is not required if an individual was born before July 1, 1994 and is not enrolled in a Health Science major.

  • Polio Three doses.  An individual attending school who has attained his or her 18th birthday is not required to receive polio vaccine.

  • TB Skin Test (PPD) One within the last 12 months.

  • Varicella Two doses.  Required for students in the School of Pharmacy, School of Physician Assistant, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Nursing, Athletic Training, and Exercise Science programs only. 

  • Meningococcal Two doses.  

  • Required vs. Recommended North Carolina law requires individuals attending college or universities to receive certain vaccines. But in order to be fully protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, individuals should receive all immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Recommended vaccines include flu, and HPV.

These immunizations as well as all other medical requirements are due by July 1.  Immunization records that remain incomplete following 30 days of enrollment will result in dismissal from class until immunization requirements are met.