Tuberculosis (TB) testing is required for all new and continuing international students who have exited the United States for more than 30 days, including:
- All incoming international students with an F-1 or J-1 visa and WSU-issued 1-20 or DS-2019
- Continuing international students with an F-1 or J-1 visa who haven't been tested
- Continuing international students with an F-1 or J-1 visa who have left the U.S. for more than 30 days.
TB testing must be done within 30 days of arrival to the United States.
The Campus Health Center (CHC) offers both TB skin tests and T-spot blood tests. You must make an appointment in advance at the CHC to have the test done. A nurse practitioner will review your documentation and administer the test, and in three days you will return to the clinic for the results. You'll also receive documentation to provice to OISS so the TB hold can be removed from your record.
The cost of the test will be billed to your insurance. If you have purchased the international student insurance plan, the test will be free.
If you have another insurance provider, the CHC will bill that company. If your insurance does not cover the entire cost, you will have to pay the amount not covered. You can ask about current prices when you contact the CHC.
Testing before arrival at Wayne State
If you decide to have the TB test done in your home country before arriving at Wayne State, you must meet the following requirements to ensure the TB test is accepted by the Campus Health Center:
- All TB tests must be done within 30 days of arrival to the U.S.
- You must make an appointment at the CHC to review the results of your home-country test and go over additional risk factors for TB.
- Your results must be printed in English on official letterhead of the medical provider who performed the test. The document must be dated and include your name, date of birth and the signature of the healthcare provider.
- We recommend you have the IGRA (T-Spot or QuantiFERON TB Gold In-Tube) test. You must provide us with a printed copy of the test result.
- If you have the TB skin test done, you must provide documentation that includes the date the test was placed and read; the result in millimeters of induration and the interpretation of positive or negative results.
- If you had a chest x-ray performed as the result of a positive TB test (blood test or skin test), we need a copy of the written chest x-ray report in English. The x-ray must be a two-view PA/Lateral.
- If you're unsure of what testing is needed, we recommend that you have it done at the CHC when you arrive.
A hold will be placed on your account and you will be unable to register for future classes until you have the test done.
Results will not affect your visa or student status.
Students who have TB infection are not discriminated against in any way. Wayne State must report cases of active TB (not inactive) to the county health department for investigation of possible transmission to others. Otherwise, your health records are confidential and cannot be released without your consent. Your TB test result will not appear on your academic documents.
For questions or concerns contact:
Campus Health Center (CHC)
5285 Anthony Wayne Dr.
Detroit, MI 48202