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Pre-Entrance Health Requirements for Graduate Students

Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to The College of New Jersey!

Student Health Services is responsible for ensuring that all students entering (or re-entering) Graduate Studies have met pre-entrance health requirements mandated by New Jersey state law and The College of New Jersey.  These requirements apply to all new or continuing full- and part-time graduate students enrolled in a program of study leading to an academic degree or certificate, and to nonmatriculated students taking 9 or more credit hours at a time. Health requirements apply to students who live on or off campus, and to students taking classes on campus or off-site in N.J.  Students who do not complete health requirements will incur a registration hold.  A registration hold prevents a student from adding classes and from registering for future classes.

Students who are or were undergraduate students at The College of New Jersey and are now entering graduate studies must follow the directions below and complete the most current requirements. Please contact us to request we locate your previously submitted vaccination records, if any.  They may be meet the most up to date vaccination requirements but they may not and additional information may be required.

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Health Form Due Date:

For students taking courses in an ON-CAMPUS program:

  • January 11 if you are taking a course during the Spring semester (January-May)
  • May 16 if you are taking a course during the Summer (May-July)
  • July 1 if you are taking a course during the Fall semester (August-September)
  • August 30 if you were accepted to TCNJ for the Fall semester after July 1

For students taking courses in one of TCNJ’s OFF-CAMPUS programs (i.e., RTCM, Burlington, Princeton, etc.):

  • February 1 if you are taking a course during the Spring semester (January-May)
  • June 15 if you are taking a course during the Summer (June-August)
  • October 1 if you are taking a course during the Fall semester (September-December)

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It is critical that you begin at least 4 weeks before the due date so that you have enough time to complete health requirements by the due date.  Follow these steps:

  1. Log onto OWL (Online Wellness Link) using your TCNJ email username and password.  Wait until your TCNJ email account becomes active to do this.
  2. In OWL, click on FORMS at the top of the page and then on New Student Medical History
  • When answering the Tuberculosis Screening questions on the New Student Medical form, please refer to Countries With Moderate to High TB Incidence Rates when answering the questions. 
  • If you answer “YES” to one or more of the Tuberculosis Screening questions,  print out the Tuberculosis (TB) Clinical Assessment, and schedule an appointment with your health care provider to have it completed. Once completed you will then upload this form into OWL. Log onto OWL and click UPLOAD at the top of the screen and follow the instructions.
  • Before answering the meningococcal response question on the New Student Medical History, please read the Meningococcal Meningitis Information Sheet prior to answering the questions.

3. PRINT the Record of Immunization form and have your nurse or doctor complete, sign and office stamp the document after administering any vaccinations that you may be missing.  It is important that you use OUR FORM because provides a guide to your specific vaccination requirements.  Our form must be used – no other form will be accepted.

    • Log onto OWL (Online Wellness Link) again and click on Immunization – Enter Dates.  Refer to the completed Record of Immunization form and enter your dates of vaccination.  When you are finished, click Submit.
    • Then click UPLOAD at the top of the screen and follow the instructions to upload the Record of Immunization form.
    • 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 have concerns about vaccination, the following websites may be helpful in providing accurate information:

Vaccination is also available in Student Health Services by appointment.

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, click HERE.

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.

Accommodation Requests

Please direct requests for accommodation for a physical or mental disability to Disability Support Services.  See their website at http://differingabilities.pages.tcnj.edu/ for information.

Counseling & Psychological Services

Questions and concerns about the availability of mental health services at TCNJ can be directed to Dr. Mark Forest, Director of Counseling & Psychological Services.  Call 609-771-2247 or contact Dr. Forest by email at forestm@tcnj.edu .

 

 

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