University Requirements

Immunizations Required Under the Tennessee State Law

The State of Tennessee requires that all students enrolled in state colleges and universities meet certain immunization requirements prior to their initial registration in the university or college. These requirements include:

1.  Full-time students born after January 1, 1957, must provide proof that they have received (2) MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) Shots or Physician signed documentation of immunity.

2. Full-time students born after January 1, 1980, must provide proof that they have received (2) Varicella (Chicken Pox) Shots or Physician signed documentation of immunity. (Effective 7/1/11)

3. All students must complete a Hepatitis B/Meningitis Immunization History Form acknowledging that the student is aware of the risk associated with Hepatitis B and Meningitis Infections on a college campus. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must complete and sign this form and then submit it to the Student Health Clinic prior to the student's orientation.  There are no exemptions for the completion of this form. You will not be able to register if this form is not received and processed prior to orientation. Students 18 and over will complete this form online electronically when they attend their designated orientation.

Students who cannot provide the required immunization documentation for any of the required immunizations listed above, may provide positive titer results from a medical laboratory or a medical provider's office for this disease.

If you are taking on-line classes only, you are exempt from this requirement, but must complete the Registrar's "On-Line Only Waiver Form" for each semester. http://www.etsu.edu/reg/forms.aspx

MMR Requirement Exemptions
It is Tennessee State Law that all full-time students provide proof that they have received Two MMR Shots. The following exemptions apply to this State Law:

  • Students born prior to 1957.
  • Students who graduated from a public or private high school in Tennessee in May 1999 or at any point thereafter.
  • Students who attended a public or private school in Tennessee for grades Kindergarten through twelve for any period of time on or after July 1, 2001.
  • Students who provide a signed written statement that their religious tenets and practices prohibit their receipt of any type of immunizations. Religious Exemption Form
  • Students with written documentation from a physician certifying that they are allergic to the MMR vaccine. Medical Waiver
  • Students with written documentation from a physician attesting that they have a diagnosed case of Measles, Mumps, or Rubella.
  • Students with written documentation of their laboratory confirmed immunity to measles, mumps, and Rubella.
  • *Students who graduated from a public or private Tennessee high school between May 1979 and December 1998 are not required to provide proof of immunization with the first dose of the MMR vaccination.
  • Students who are classified as active duty military personnel and provide proof of their active duty status.
  • Students who were previously enrolled as a full-time student at a TBR college or university for at least one full semester after August 1, 2007.