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Required Health Documentation

USC requires that all incoming Ostrow School of Dentistry students submit the following health documentation:

1. Results of a detailed physical examination by a licensed medical provider.

2. Student Health Service form, signed by applicant’s attending physician, must be filed with the USC Student Health Center.

3. Health insurance (automatic enrollment in USC’s student health insurance plan unless you provide proof of comparable coverage)

4. Immunization requirements (available through the university’s Immunization Clinic)

  • Results of a current PPD (Mantoux) tuberculosis (TB) skin test, dated no older than six months prior the start date of your USC program. If you have had a positive Mantoux TB skin test in the past, you will need to provide proof of a recent “negative” chest x-ray, no older than six months prior to the start date of your USC program.
  • Proof of tetanus immunizations within the past 10 years.
  • Laboratory proof of immunization status for measles (rubella and rubeola), mumps, and varicella. History of immunization is not adequate proof; lab values indicating immunity status are required.
  • Proof of Hepatitis B core antibody blood test, even if you have already completed the Hepatitis B vaccine series. If you have already completed the series, you will also need to have a quantitative Hepatitis B surface antibody laboratory test.
    • If an entering student’s Hepatitis B core antibody is “positive,” the following additional lab tests are mandatory: Hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb) and Hepatitis B surface antigen. If the HBsAb test comes back >10 mIU/mL, then the individual has cleared the infection. If the surface antigen blood test is positive, a Hepatitis B DNA blood test is required.
    • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is less than four logs (meaning 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 = 10,000 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program with certain conditions established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).
    • Individuals whose HBV DNA level is greater than four logs (meaning equal to or higher than 10,001 IU/mL or copies/mL) will be allowed to enroll and matriculate through the program but with certain conditions as established by an expert review panel. The student must sign a contract delineating specific requirements regarding their performance in the clinical setting and must consent to an HBV DNA lab test every four months (at the student’s expense).