Congratulations on your acceptance to the Career and Community Studies (CCS) Program and welcome to The College of New Jersey!
TCNJ PRE-ENTRANCE HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
All new TCNJ students are required to complete pre-entrance health requirements as a condition of attendance. CCS students must submit the required information by July 15th. The Health requirements takes time to complete and may require a visit to your doctor. It is important that you get started early so that you can submit the health requirements by the due date and avoid the consequences of registration and housing holds. Follow these steps:
- Log onto https://tcnj.medicatconnect.com our Online Wellness Link (OWL) You will use your TCNJ email username and password to log on to OWL. Wait until your TCNJ email account becomes active to do this. Under the FORMS section complete the Student Health Services New Student Medical form.
- When answering the Tuberculosis screening part of the New Student Medical form please view the list of Countries With Moderate to High TB Incidence Rates prior to answering the questions. You will need to download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to correctly view and print PDF (Portable Document Format) Files. It is FREE.
- If you answer “YES” to any of the Tuberculosis screening questions please print out the Tuberculosis (TB) Clinical Assessment, and schedule an appointment with your Primary Care provider to have it completed. Once completed you will need to upload the form on the Online Wellness Link (OWL). See directions on uploads below.
- When answering the meningococcal response question on the New Student Medical history form, please read the Meningococcal Meningitis Information Sheet prior to answering the questions.
- Please PRINT the Record of Immunizations form and have your primary healthcare provider complete, sign and office stamp the document. Our form must be used no other forms accepted.
- CONSENT,WAIVER AND RELEASE TO USE STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
- Prior to the start of EACH academic year, parents of CCS students must submit one of the following forms to Student Health Services:
- CCS Students with a release form on file showing that they do not have a legal guardian can be seen alone in Student Health Services.
- Students with a release form showing that they have a court-appointed guardian must be accompanied by their Legal Guardian to their Student Health services office visit.
- Students without a current release form on file are ineligible to be seen in Student Health Services except in cases of medical emergency as determined by the Student Health Services clinical staff. All questions about this document should be directed to the CCS office who will then consult with the TCNJ legal department.
- Once your primary care provider has completed, signed and stamped your Record of Immunizations form please log into the Online Wellness Link (OWL) at https://tcnj.medicatconnect.com and enter your immunization date information under the immunizations tab.
- Once you have completed entering the Record of Immunization information into the Online Wellness Link (OWL) you will need to upload the completed Record of Immunizations form, the Tuberculosis Clinical Assessment form (if applicable) and the CCS consent, waiver and release form. Please follow the instruction for Upload under the upload tab on the Online Wellness Link (OWL).
- You may upload any supporting documentation (e.g., laboratory tests, chest x-ray reports) as well.
Many new students find that they are missing one or more of the immunizations required to attend TCNJ. This is why it is important to allow adequate time to obtain anything that might be missing from your records. If you will be unable to complete health requirements by the due date, it is important that you notify Student Health Services promptly and provide a timeline for completion of requirements. Students can obtain missing immunizations from several medical facilities in their community including their personal health care provider’s office, urgent care center, walk-in medical clinic, or pharmacist. Immunizations are also available in TCNJ Student Health Services. Interested students can call 609-771-2889.
Students having trouble locating immunization records can find tips for locating these records on the Immunization Action Coalition web site.
If you are concerned about vaccination, the following websites may be helpful in providing accurate information:
- Vaccine Education Center (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)
- Vaccine Safety Information (Immunization Action Coalition)
- Vaccine Safety Concerns (Centers for Disease Control)
- Evaluating Information About Vaccines on the Internet (National Network for Immunization Information)
Applying for an Exemption from a Required Immunization for Medical Reasons
Students are not required to have any vaccinations that are medically contraindicated. To apply for a medical exemption, the student must provide Student Health Services with a written statement, currently dated and signed by the student’s health care provider by the DUE DATE of the Health Form, indicating the following:
- the name of the vaccine that is medically contraindicated,
- the specific period of time that the vaccine is medically contraindicated,
- the reason(s) for the medical contraindication based upon valid medical reasons as enumerated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). For current ACIP immunization schedules and recommendations, including contraindications, view Guide to Vaccine Contraindictions and Precautions.
Applications for medical exemptions from certain vaccinations are reviewed by the director of Student Health Services and the student will be notified of the decision by TCNJ email. If approved, the student will be exempted from the specific immunization permanently (in the case of a permanent medical condition) or temporarily until such time that the student’s medical condition permits vaccination.
The College of New Jersey may temporarily exclude a student with a medical exemption from vaccination from classes and from participating in college-sponsored activities during a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak or threatened outbreak. The decision to exclude a student with a medical exemption will be made by the College in consultation with the New Jersey Commissioner of Health.