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Enrollment Requirements

New incoming students are required to:

1) provide a valid record of immunizations as explained below and

2) fill out a Report of Medical History health form by logging in to Online Student Health with their Pirate ID and password

Please note:  a physical is exam is not required for enrollment at East Carolina University.

North Carolina G.S. 130A-155.1 requires persons attending a college or university, whether public, private or religious, to present a Certificate of Immunization or a record of immunization from a high school. Students taking five or more credit hours on campus must meet the North Carolina State Law Immunization requirements below:

College/University Vaccine Requirements and Number of Doses
Vaccine Required Tetanus, Diphtheria and/or Pertussis
TdaP1
Diphtheria,Tetanus
and/or Pertussis1
Polio2 Measles3 Mumps4 Rubella5 Hepatitis B6
Doses Required 1 2 3 2 2 1 3

Footnote1 - DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis), Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria), Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria Pertussis):  3 doses of tetanus/diphtheria toxoid of which one must have been within the past 10 years.

Those individuals enrolling in a college or university for the first time on or after July 1, 2008, must receive a tetanus/diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine if one has not been administered within the past 10 years.

Footnote2 An individual attending school who has attained his or her 18th birthday is not required to receive polio vaccine.

Footnote3- Measles vaccines are not required if any of the following occur:  Physician diagnosis of disease prior to January 1, 1994; an individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against measles and submits the lab report; or an individual born prior to 1957.  An individual who enrolled in college or university for the first time before July 1, 1994, is not required to have a second dose of measles vaccine.

Footnote4- Mumps vaccine is not required if any of the following occur:  an individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against mumps and submits the lab report; An individual born prior to 1957; or enrolled in college or university for the first time before July 1, 1994.  An individual entering college or university prior to July 1, 2008, is not required to receive a second dose of mumps vaccine.

Footnote5- Rubella vaccine is not required if any of the following occur:  50 years of age or older; enrolled in college or university before February 1, 1989, and after their 30th birthday; an individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against rubella and submits the lab report.

Footnote6- Hepatitis B vaccine is not required if born before July 1, 1994.  Serological testing to document protective antibody titer against Hepatitis B is NOT acceptable.


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS and/or non-US Citizens:  Vaccines are required as noted above.  Additionally, these students are required to have a Tuberculin (TB) skin test or blood test for TB* with a negative result within the 12 months preceding the first day of classes (chest x-ray required if test is positive).  The TB skin test or blood test for TB* must be performed in a United States facility.  Please note: ECU Student Health Services only administers the blood test for TB* for enrollment requirements.

*QuantiFERON®-TB Gold (QFT-G; Cellestis, Ltd., Carnegie, Australia) is a FDA approved blood test for the detection of tuberculosis (TB) infection.


If students do not meet immunization requirements, dismissal from school is mandatory under North Carolina law.

If you have not submitted your immunizations or are missing necessary vaccinations, you have a minimal amount of time to complete requirements. Immunizations for enrollment should be obtained prior to coming to ECU at a local physician’s office, health department, medical office or urgent care center.

Recommended Immunizations

The following immunizations are recommended for college students, but not required:

•    Meningococcal Disease
•    Pneumococcal Disease  
•    HPV 
•    Influenza 
•    Hepatitis A 
•    Varicella (chickenpox)
The immunizations listed above can be obtained at a local physician’s office, health department, medical office, urgent care center, or they are available by appointment at ECU Student Health Services. Visit our Rapid Care page to learn more.


For information on where to obtain your records, how to fill out the forms or ways to send them to Student Health, visit our Submitting Records page.

Need a form to take to your doctor so he/she can fill out your immunization history?  Download and print our Immunization Record.

Ready to fill out your required online Report of Medical History?  Visit Online Student Health, and login with your ECU PirateID and password.  You will see a link on the left hand menu to fill out your medical history.

Questions?  Visit our FAQ’s, e-mail the immunization department or call (252) 328-6841, option 2.

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