Tb Screening Requirements (Foreign-Born Students)

Because TB is so common globally, it is easier to list countries of low TB prevalence rather than high. International students from the following countries will be EXEMPT from TB screening: Canada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Virgin Islands (USA), Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, San Marcos, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, American Samoa, Australia and New Zealand.

All other International students from countries where tuberculosis  is endemic must meet the Arkansas state-mandated tuberculosis screening requirement. The screening (T-spot) must be done in the United States and within 6 months prior to enrolling at UA Little Rock.  If the screening was conducted more than 6 months before enrolling, it must be repeated.

T-spot screening requires that a sample of blood be drawn from a vein in your arm. If the screening is conducted in Health Services, please drink plenty of water before your appointment time. The blood sample is sent to an off-site laboratory, Oxford Diagnostics. The test results usually are available within 48 hours.

A nurse from Health Services will contact you if your T-spot screening returns with a positive result (this DOES NOT mean you have tuberculosis).  You will be required to return to Health Services for instructions on getting a chest x-ray at Radiology Associates. After the x-ray is taken, you will be handed a disc (your x-ray) which you must return to Health Services. Until you bring the x-ray/disc back to Health Services, a hold/flag will remain on your student account.  This hold will prevent you from registering for classes.  

The nurse will also talk to you about taking medication to kill the TB germs and reduce your risk of developing active disease by 90%.  Through a partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health, this $600+ medication is now being offered free through Health Services. You will see the RN once a week for 12 weeks to take your medication. If you finish the entire 12 weeks of medication, you will no longer be required to get an annual x-ray (unless you develop symptoms).

If you decline the medication, you will be required to get a chest x-ray each year.