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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 complete and submit the current Pre-Entrance Health Form for Graduate Students.  You can attach a note requesting that we locate your previously submitted vaccination records, if any.


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)


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

  1. Print out the PRE-ENTRANCE HEALTH FORM [PDF 868k] and staple all pages together.  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.
  2. Complete pages 1, 2, & 3.
  3. If you answer YES to one or more questions on page 3, make an appointment with your doctor for completion of pages 4 & 5.
  4. Collect your records of immunization.  If you are missing vaccinations, make an appointment with your doctor. Either attach records or have your doctor or nurse complete and sign page 6.
  5. Submit the following to Student Health Services by mail (Student Health Services, The College of New Jersey,  2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628):
    • Pages 1, 2, and 3 of Pre-Entrance Health Form
    • Pages 4 & 5 of Pre-Entrance Health Form if you answered YES to one or more questions on page 3.
    • Documents accepted as evidence of immunization or completed page 6 – Record of Immunization.
    • Any other documents offered as an alternative to vaccination (laboratory immunity reports)

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 for information.

Counseling & Psychological Services

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



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