All NEIU teacher candidates are required to have a negative tuberculosis (TB) skin test (Mantoux) before entering any school. In accordance with the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/24-5), all school boards require employees, clinical students, and student teachers to provide evidence of freedom from communicable diseases, including tuberculosis. Such evidence shall consist of a tuberculin skin test (NEIU Health Services requires Mantoux) and, if appropriate, a chest X-ray.

The TB test may be obtained in the NEIU Student Health Services Office at no cost or from a health provider outside NEIU. Those tested outside of NEIU must present their TB test results to the NEIU Student Health Services Office and receive a Tuberculosis Test Report Form. The teacher candidate must then submit this form to the CEST Office via email.