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Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Information

Why is OTC Concerned about TB?

Section 199.290 of the Missouri Revised Statutes requires that all institutions of higher education in Missouri implement a targeted tuberculosis (TB) testing program for all on-campus students.

In compliance and because we feel a responsibility to the health and well-being of our students and community, OTC adopted the Tuberculosis (TB) Screening and Testing policy for students.

What Are My Next Steps?

If you answered yes to any TB Screening questions on your OTC admissions application, the college requires additional information. You may register for classes at OTC for one semester. You must complete the following steps prior to registration in your second semester of classes at OTC.

Here are your next steps:

  1. Print the TB Clinical Assessment form
  2. Have your healthcare provider or country Health Department complete the form. Since only some health departments provide screenings, you should contact your local health department for information.
  3. Return the completed form and any additional documentation requested to the Office of Admissions.
  4. If you tested for TB within the past 12 months, we may be able to accept documentation from your healthcare provider. The document must have been completed by a healthcare provider within the past 12 months and must clearly indicate positive or negative results.

*Note: the college may require additional documentation depending upon the information provided on your TB Clinical Assessment or the results of your TB test.

What is TB?

Tuberculosis, also known as TB, is a bacterial infection that usually attacks the lungs, but can attack any part of the body. TB is spread through the air from one person to another. Find more information about TB through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/

TB FAQ

How can I prevent catching TB?

How can I prevent catching TB?

  • Do not enclose yourself in small, stuffy areas with anyone who has active TB until they receive treatment for at least two weeks.
  • If you are around someone with TB, wear face masks and take other protective measures until they receive treatment.
  • Encourage untreated people with TB to begin treatment to stop its spreading.

Can I still register for classes at OTC?

Can I still register for classes at OTC?

You will be able to enroll classes for one semester at OTC. OTC must receive and approve required documentation prior to registration in your second semester of classes at OTC.

Where can test for TB?

Where can test for TB?

Contact your healthcare provider or county Health Department.

What if I have been tested for TB before?

What if I have been tested for TB before?

In some cases, we may accept documentation of prior TB screening that the student completed within the past 12 months. The document must have been completed by a healthcare provider within the past 12 months and must clearly indicate positive or negative results.

*Note: the college may require additional documentation depending upon the information provided on your TB Clinical Assessment or the results of your TB test.

What if the TB skin test is negative?

What if the TB skin test is negative?

Submit the TB Clinical Assessment form after your healthcare provider completes it. You must submit negative skin test results prior to registration for your second semester of classes.

What if the TB skin test is positive?

What if the TB skin test is positive?

If you test positive, OTC will require additional documentation and steps beyond the skin test results. You will submit this information with the TB Clinical Assessment form for your healthcare provider to complete.

Submit Documentation

E-mail:
tb@otc.edu

In-person:
Any OTC Student Services location

Mail:
Office of Admissions
1001 E. Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, MO 65802

Questions?
Contact OTC at tb@otc.edu.

Last updated: 06/04/2018

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