Additional Requirements | MHA Admissions

Background Check and Drug Testing

Because of requirements by Pacific University as well as experiential sites, you will be required to do a drug screening and have a criminal background check performed as part of your admissions requirements. The cost for these screenings are the responsibility of the student.

Certiphi Screening, Inc. provides background investigations, drug testing and immunization tracking services to higher education institutions across the country. If you have questions about a screening, please use the following contact information:

800-803-9582 |

Pacific University School of Healthcare Administration & Leadership utilizes the centralized Background Check and Drug Testing service through Certiphi Screening Inc. Certiphi Screening will email students in July with instructions. This information may be sent in two separate messages (one for background check, the other for drug screen). It is important to complete both processes simultaneously.  


The School of Healthcare Administration & Leadership, along with many experiential sites, requires students to receive various vaccinations. Students will need to begin obtaining these immunizations, screenings and titers in July.

All required immunizations and screenings must be updated as necessary in order to continue enrollment in the program at Pacific University. It is the student's responsibility to complete their vaccinations, screenings and titers and to upload copies of their immunization documentation to Pacific University's immunization tracking system which is called myRecordTracker (mRT).  This service is paid for by the student and the cost is $2.15 per item to upload documentation to Certiphi Screening's myRecordTracker site.  Note that vaccinations or titers that are part of a series, such as the Hepatitis B series, only cost the initial $2.15 fee.  There is no additional fee to upload proof of additional vaccinations in the series.  Failure to comply with this university policy can affect your admission, enrollment or ability to continue in the MHA program at Pacific University.

Please note School of Healthcare Administration & Leadership Specific Requirements:

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
  • A Two-Step TST or Mantoux, QuantiFERON-TB Gold or Tspot test is required annually for all students due to requirements of our experiential partners
  • Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) or Varicella Titer
  • Hepatitis B (HBV) and Titer - you will be required to have no less than your Hep B #1 and #2 before October 1st. This also applies to students who have had a negative titer and are working on their 2nd series. It is not uncommon for immunity to wane over time, so even if you completed the Hep B series in the past, you may need to repeat the series and then the titer.  If you have not received a Hep B titer, please do so ASAP to leave plenty of time to repeat the series should that be necessary.

Please note that these vaccinations are required by the School of Healthcare Administration & Leadership, but that some experiential sites may be more stringent and are not flexible in their vaccination requirements. Delays in providing this documentation may delay your ability to begin and/or complete the program. 

It is very important to start obtaining these vaccinations right away. A few of the required vaccinations take a series of months to complete.

CPR/BLS Training

The School of Healthcare Administration & Leadership's policy is that all students must complete CPR/BLS training. Per Oregon law, CPR/BLS certification must be completed before students can participate in internships.  This ensures that we meet specific State of Oregon-mandated requirements for CPR/BLS training, and ensures that a student's certification is valid for the duration of the program, without any gaps in certification.

Additional Training

Pacific University will also provide training in:

  • Universal Precautions
  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • TB Infection Control

Interdisciplinary Case Conferences (ICC)

As a student in the College of Health Professions, you will have many opportunities to network with healthcare leaders from organizations across the state and region.

You will participate in many events and lectures that will strengthen your knowledge of healthcare and its many facets. You will join other CHP students (those from the School of Dental Health Science, School of Physical Therapy, School of Occupational Therapy, School of Pharmacy, School of Physician Assistant Studies, and the School of Professional Psychology) at the six annual Interdisciplinary Case Conferences where you will work together in teams to solve the different cases presented by CHP faculty.

Please take full advantage of these dynamic learning opportunities during your time in the MHA program.

Interprofessional Competence: Theory and Practice (IPC)

In addition to all program curriculum, all students in the College of Health Professions are required to complete one sequence of the Interprofessional Competence (IPC) coursework. Similar to the ICC sessions, students will be organized into groups with other health professions and asked to explore: Roles and Responsibilities of the Health Professions, Team Dynamics and Professionalism, Effective Communication, Appreciation of Differences, and Summary. The IPC session meets four times throughout the academic year (Aug-June). MHA students participate in an online section of this course and all IPC classes are held fully online.  MHA students are asked to complete this during their first year.