HSC/Clinical Students

All healthcare students (e.g., Medical, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Radiology, Speech-Language Pathology, Nutrition, Medical Technology, and Athletic Training), need to show evidence of having obtained required immunizations and tests as part of their clinical education compliance. See links below for detailed information:

Immunizations Required for Health Sciences Center and Other Clinical Programs and Other Related Information


New HSC students should upload their immunization records to the SHAC Health Portal and make a telephone appointment with the UNM SHAC Allergy & Immunization (A&I) Clinic for review and verification of records.

If students have questions about program requirements, nurses in the A&I Clinic will make recommendations, provide vaccines, and order tests as indicated.

  • Please call UNM SHAC Reception to make an appointment for the A & I Clinic at (505) 277-3136.

  • Finding Vaccine Records


N-95 Respirator Fit Testing

Many clinical rotations will require that you are fitted for an N-95 Respirator to protect you against tuberculosis, SARS-CoV-2, and other airborne infections when caring for patients who have, or are presumed to have, these infections. In order to be fit tested for an N-95 respirator, you will need to fill out the SHAC “Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire.” This is a screening tool required by OSHA to make sure that you do not have a condition that prevents you from wearing a respirator or from participating in the fit testing process. Therefore, it is important that you answer the questions fully and honestly.

For complete information, please click on the links below:


NOTE: Please review the UNM Environmental Health & Safety Department’s website for the most current scheduling instructions:  https://ehs.unm.edu/occupational-safety/respiratory-protection.html  

You are required to bring a physical copy of your N95 respirator clearance letter with you at the time of your fit test appointment.


See also: 

Blood / Body Fluid Exposure Needle-Stick (Medical Care & Insurance Coverage)


Secure Messages and Multi-Page Attachments

In order to help students obtain immunization compliance records electronically, we sometimes utilize secure messaging on our Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) Patient Portal. Often, student immunization compliance records can be two to three pages long. These scanned documents are attached in the “.tif” format. We recognize that some students have had trouble viewing multi-page .tif files from their electronic devices (phones, tablets, and in some cases, computers *).

SHAC IT has investigated this issue and has provided the following explanation and recommendations for students: Multi-Page Attachments - Overview & Recommendations

* Please note that all University of New Mexico computer pods should allow students to view multi-page .tif files.