Immunization Requirement

New York and New Jersey State laws require that all students enrolled in degree programs who were born on or after January 1, 1957 (except those who have been determined to be exempt from such requirements for appropriately documented medical or religious reasons) be immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella. New Jersey laws also require any new student who enrolls at Berkeley for the first time on or after January 1, 2008 for a degree program consisting of 12 or more credits (and who is not otherwise exempt) to show appropriate proof of immunization or actual immunity from Hepatitis B.

Every student enrolled in a degree program must submit a certificate of immunization signed by a physician or healthcare provider to the Registrar prior to registering for classes. The certificate must document the student’s receipt of two live doses of measles vaccine and one live dose each of mumps and rubella vaccine. In addition, students attending Berkeley’s New Jersey locations must document their receipt of three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine administered within prescribed time frames. At least two doses must be received prior to registration for classes. In the discretion of the Registrar, serological proof of immunity or other proof such as a Student Health Record from a previously attended school or military records properly documenting the required immunization history may be accepted as adequate proof of such immunization.

Berkeley College also complies with regulations of the States of New Jersey and New York regarding the distribution of information about meningitis and vaccination. All Berkeley students enrolled in degree programs who do not submit other proof of immunization against meningitis must acknowledge in writing that they have received the required information and either have been immunized or have elected to forego immunization. Students seeking to reside in student housing facilities must submit proof of actual immunization against meningitis before keys will be issued.

Students who fail to satisfy the College's immunization requirements will not be permitted to register for classes. For more information concerning immunization requirements, please contact the Registrar.

Students enrolled in the LPN to B.S.N., Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Practical Nurse, Surgical Processing Technician, and Surgical Technology programs should refer to their respective Student Handbook Supplements for additional program-specific immunization requirement policies.