Tuberculosis Screening

If you are not a US Citizen or a Permanent Resident, you have to take the TB test. Please view the form to see if you are from a country where the TB Screening is waived.

It is highly recommended that you submit your lab results of your TB Screening before your New Student Conference (NSC) (http://www.tamug.edu/nsc/)  to ensure your registration hold is removed prior to course registration during the second day of your NSC (for undergraduate students).

As an international student will need to take a T-Spot test or Quantiferon Gold Blood test for your Tuberculosis Screening (also known as IGRA - Interferon-Gamma Release Assays). This is NOT the tuberculosis skin test. Please see the form below to find out more information and requirements.

If you go to a local doctor in your home country, you need to ask for a T-Spot test and bring the completed form (submission requirements are the Tuberculosis Screening Form and a copy of the blood test results (lab report) in English) with results to Dr. Kenyatta Y. Dawson during your ISS Check-In. If you obtain the results before your ISS Check-In, please email me the completed form and your results.  I will then scan and send the documents to Student Health Services (SHS) at College Station for them to remove your tuberculosis hold. This is a registration hold, which will keep you from registering for classes until the hold has been released. Please inform me if you are from one of the countries where the TB Screening is waived (form attached). You may also be waived from this requirement if you are a US Citizen or a Permanent Resident. I STRONGLY encourage you to take the T-Spot test in your home country since it is at a greater expense and time here in the USA. Student Health Insurance does not cover this test.

If you are in the Galveston area or if TB Screenings are unavailable in your home country, you can make an appointment with UTMB Health Primary Care Pavilion. Phone #: 409-772-2166. Please inform the receptionist that you are a Texas A&M international student needing tuberculosis lab work and you do not have student health insurance because you have not registered for courses. Bring your Student ID Card with you along with the TB form attached to this email. Location: 400 Harborside Drive, Suite 104/124. Parking is at the front of the building and your parking ticket will be validated (free). You are responsible for making your own appointment and providing your own transportation to the hospital. As of the 17-18 academic year, the Quantiferon Gold Blood Test is $54.00. Lab results will be provided approximately within 48 hours after the appointment. This test is not covered by student health insurance and will be at cost to the student.

If you receive a positive TB test, you will be required to schedule an office visit ($110) and then schedule a separate chest x-ray visit ($133) where you will receive your chest x-ray report and ask for a doctor’s note (see paragraph below regarding a positive test result). Please note: chest x-ray and TB counseling from the doctor may be delayed if UTMB has to wait for radiologist reading. Please plan accordingly and schedule your first appointment early as appointments are provided at a “first come first serve” basis.

If your lab test is positive, Student Health Services(SHS) is required by law to ask for further testing. You will be required to see a doctor and provide SHS with an X-ray. Furthermore, you will need a letter from your doctor stating that TB counseling has occurred and what medication, if any, you will be taking to treat your tuberculosis. X-rays are not accepted from outside of the US. They MUST be done in a US hospital. In conclusion, if your TB lab test is positive, the hold will be removed once SHS has received a copy of your x-ray (or a x-ray report) and a doctor’s note regarding their recommendations for care for latent tuberculosis. You may email all this information to Dr. Kenyatta Y. Dawson and she will send it directly to SHS for review.

For more information regarding TB Screening: http://shs.tamu.edu/immunizations/

TAMUG Student Health Services: http://www.tamug.edu/counsel/Resources/HealthServices.html

Tuberculosis Screening Form (PDF)