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MMR and Tuberculosis Information

MMR (Mumps, Measles and Rubella)

All students are required to provide proof of two measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunizations. All applicants born after 01/01/1957 are required to provide proof of MMR immunizations. Some foreign-born students may be required to submit tuberculosis screening. For Arkansas residents, NWACC will attempt to retrieve immunization records from a state-wide database.

Acceptable proof of immunization is an official immunization record from another educational institution in Arkansas, a licensed medical doctor, or an authorized public health representative, or military service. Shot records must state the vaccine type and dates of vaccine administration. Terms such as "up to date", "complete", and "adequate" are not accepted.

 To protect the privacy of your information and to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations, we can no longer accept documents by email. You can submit them one of three ways:
  • Upload the document to:
    • You must have a My NWACC Connection login to use this option
  • Bring the document to the Enrollment Support Center located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center or the Washington County location located in Springdale
  • Mail the document to NWACC, Student Records, One College Dr., Bentonville, AR 72712

Exemptions: Students receiving their entire education online or born before January 1, 1957, are exempt from this policy. Students may file for a medical, religious, or philosophical exemption through the Arkansas State Board of Health. Students may also call 501-661-2169 for more information. Medical, religious, and philosophical exemptions require an annual application through the State.

TB (Tuberculosis Screening)

Foreign-born students born in a country where TB is endemic, who is not a permanent resident, and receives instruction in a room in which others are present, are required to undergo TB screening. Part-time students as well as full time students are included.

Students must use the NWACC tuberculin skin testing form when submitting evidence of TB screening. Students who have had the required screening performed in the United States or Canada within the six months prior to enrollment will not be required to have it repeated, provided that they present satisfactory documentation.

Documentation of tuberculin testing must include:

Name and address of provider
Date applied
Result of TST in mm of induration or of interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA)
Date TST read or interval between application and reading
Signature of provider.

When a tuberculin skin test causes 10mm or more of induration or an interferon-gama release assay (IGRA) is positive, an x-ray is required, which must be interpreted by a physician associated with the Department of Health or a board eligible radiologist, pulmonologist, or infectious disease specialist.

A negative chest x-ray is not a substitute for a skin test.

TB is not endemic in the countries listed below and students from these countries are not included:

American Region: Canada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, USA, and Virgin Islands (USA)

European Region: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom

Western Pacific Region: American Samoa, Australia, and New Zealand