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Preregistration Requirements and Forms

In order to register for classes, you must complete all of the health requirements detailed below and in the letter for your specific program.

Preregistration Health Requirements for Clinical Students (Dental, Medical, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy)

Preregistration Health Requirements for Non-Clinical Students (Public Health, Human Nutrition, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Post-Doctoral Fellows)

After you have received all the paperwork required for health clearance, and once your Columbia UNI has been assigned, you can access the secure Online Portal to submit your documentation and enter relevant health information at cuhs.studenthealthportal.com. You will need to register for the Online Portal with an active email address. (Please note: If your Columbia email address is not yet active, please use an alternate email address). 

IMPORTANT: All titer results must be submitted with a copy of the laboratory report, including the laboratory reference range.

SHS can perform the preregistration health requirements service for a fee if you are in New York City. Please note the following:

  • Do not to wait until the last minute as the process can take some time.
  • An administrative fee of $95 will be charged to students completing any preregistration requirements at the Student Health Services.
  • Additional fees will be charged for each service rendered (immunizations and titers).
  • We do not accept any type of insurance for these services, and full payment is due at the time of service (via cash, check or credit card).

New York State Requirements for All Students (including part-time students not enrolled in Student Health)

  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella:Non-Clinical Programs:
    Two doses of MMR vaccine (after 1 year of age) OR two doses of measles vaccine, one dose of mumps vaccine, and one dose of rubella vaccine OR positive titers (IgG) showing immunity.
    Clinical Programs: Two doses of MMR vaccine (after 1 year of age) AND positive titers (IgG) showing immunity to measles, mumps and rubella. An additional MMR vaccine is required if any titer is negative, inconclusive or equivocal.
  • Meningococcal Meningitis Response Form: Complete online after you receive your Columbia UNI at: https://cuhs.studenthealthportal.com/. Receipt of the vaccine is optional. Information on the vaccine is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/vaccine-info.html.

CUMC Requirements for All Full Time Students, and Part Time Students Enrolling in Student Health Service (in addition to NYS Requirements above)

  • Health History: Enter through the online portal after you receive your Columbia UNI.
  • Hepatitis B:
    Non-Clinical Programs: Three hepatitis B vaccines OR positive titer (IgG) showing immunity.
    Clinical Programs: Three hepatitis B vaccines AND a positive post-immunization titer (IgG) at least 30 days after last dose. If the hepatitis B titer is equivocal, inconclusive or negative, hepatitis B surface antigen is required within 6 months of program start date. If negative, a 4th hepatitis B vaccine should be given.
  • Tetanus:
    Non-Clinical Programs: Td (Tetanus/diphtheria) within 10 years. One time adult dose of Tdap (Tetanus/ diphtheria/acellular pertussis) recommended but not required.
    Clinical Programs: One time adult dose of Tdap (Tetanus/ diphtheria/acellular pertussis) required, with Td (Tetanus/diphtheria) boosters every 10 years thereafter.
  • Polio: Date of most recent IPV (killed) or OPV (live) polio vaccine.
  • Tuberculosis Screening (within 6 months of program start date):
    Non-Clinical Programs: One PPD skin test, or QuantiFERON Gold test or T-Spot test. If positive, submit chest x-ray report.
    Clinical Programs: Two-step PPD skin tests (administered 9-31 days apart) or QuantiFERON Gold test or T-Spot test. If positive, submit chest x-ray report.

Additional Requirements for Students in Clinical Programs (in addition to NYS Requirements and CUMC Requirements above)

  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): Two doses of varicella vaccine at least 30 days apart OR positive varicella titer (IgG) if you have a history of chicken pox. If titer is negative, 2 doses of varicella vaccine at least 30 days apart are required.
  • Hepatitis C: Hepatitis C antibody within 6 months of program start date. If hepatitis C antibody is positive, a quantitative hepatitis C RNA test is required.
  • Physical Exam: Must be completed by an MD, NP, or PA who is not a relative.