Tuberculosis Immunization

 

Update: Tuberculosis (TB) screening requirement

The Tuberculosis (TB) screening requirement will be waived for the summer semester, as a result of the online course format being extended during Summer 2020. Newly admitted and transfer students who were born outside of the United States, enrolling for the summer 2020 semester, will not be required to submit TB screening results for summer 2020. The TB screening requirement will be placed on the students’ account for fall 2020.

Mandatory Tuberculosis Screening

Tuberculosis (TB) screening is required for all persons born outside the United States, regardless of the status of their application.

  • Screening for TB must be administered, regardless of prior BCG vaccination, no more than six months prior to the first day of class.
  • The only acceptable TB screening option for international students registering for classes is the Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) blood test (T-Spot).
  • The T-Spot test must be administered and interpreted in the United States by a licensed medical provider.
  • International students who do not complete a TB screening or who do not submit the appropriate documentation will not be allowed to register for classes.
  • Please bring a picture ID: passport, driver's license or state ID.
  • Being granted the resident tuition rate does not exempt an international student from this requirement.

T-Spot Test from the Student Health Center

T SPOT (TB Screening) Blood Test

The T-Spot test is available on-campus through the Student Health Center for $75. This fee will be applied to your student account. You will pay the fee when you pay other charges you may owe the University after you register for classes. If you receive the T-Spot test prior to the semester for which you will be attending UT Dallas, you will be responsible for the charges the same day you receive your test.

If you have questions, please call the Student Health Center at 972-883-2747.

Scheduling a T-SPOT (TB Screening) Blood Test Appointment

  • If you are a new international student, please contact the Student Health Center to make an appointment for the T-spot test.

Before the Test

  • Be sure you eat before you are tested.
  • Make sure you are hydrated; drink lots of water on the day of your test.
  • Let the medical provider know if you are allergic to latex.

Test Results

Your TB hold will be released by 8:00 a.m. the following day after the T-Spot (TB screening) test has been administered. At this time you will be able to register for classes. Results of the T-Spot test will be available 4 business days after the test is administered.

If  your T-Spot result is positive, you will be contacted by the Student Health Center. A hold will be placed on your student account until you follow up with the Student Health Center and have received the additional required testing/screenings. During this time, you will not be allowed to continue attending your classes. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action. The hold may prevent you from registering for future classes, receiving your grades, and possibly receiving your degree.

T-Spot Test from an Off-Campus Provider

You may also choose to have your T-Spot test administered by an off-campus licensed medical provider and submit the appropriate documentation to the Student Health Center. Call ahead to be sure the clinic offers the required T-Spot test. Costs may vary by provider. See Off-Campus Testing Locations (PDF).

The Student Health Center accepts paper copies, faxes, scanned or emailed TB screening results. Have your physician complete the Off-campus TB Screening Form and do not alter or change the form in any way. Students who submit false or fraudulent information will be subject to disciplinary action.

If the T-Spot test is administered and interpreted by an off-campus medical provider, documentation must be submitted to the Student Health Center before you will be allowed to register for classes.

All documentation must be submitted in English and signed by a licensed medical provider.

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