Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to The College of New Jersey!
You are subject to undergraduate pre-entrance health requirements if you are:
- An incoming Matriculated student (including re-admitted & re-entering students) who will be living on or off campus, and attending classes on campus or off-site. Matriculated is defined as a formal acceptance into a degree or certification program at TCNJ,
- An incoming Non-matriculated student taking 3 or more credit units at a time, who will be living on or off campus, and attending classes on campus or off-site,
- An incoming Non-matriculated student who will be living in campus housing regardless of credit unit load.
- If you are starting at TCNJ in January (Spring Semester): JANUARY 10
- If you are starting at TCNJ in March (ESL): MARCH 1
- If you are starting at TCNJ in May, June or July: MAY 14
- If you are an EOF student starting at TCNJ in July (EOF summer program): JUNE 1
- If you are starting at TCNJ in August (Fall Semester): JULY 15
The Health Form takes time to complete and necessitates a visit to your doctor for a physical exam. It is important that you get started early so that you can submit the completed all health requirements by the due date and avoid the consequences of registration and housing holds. Follow these steps:
- Print out the PRE-ENTRANCE HEALTH FORM [PDF 1.47MB] 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.
- Make an appointment with your health care provider for a physical examination for college.
- Fill out pages 1 and 2. If you will be under age 18 when you arrive on campus, your parent or legal guardian must sign the authorization on the bottom of page 1.
- Read page 3.
- Follow the directions on page 4. 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 and note the date that you will be able to log onto OWL. It is very important that students, not parents, complete this process in the “driver’s seat” with the parent available in the “back seat” for assistance if needed.
- Fill out page 5. If you answer YES to one or more questions, your health care provider must complete pages 6 & 7, and sign page 7. You will need a TB test & a doctor’s visit.
- A doctor or nurse must complete pages 8 & 9 (Record of Immunization) and sign page 9. This form must be used to document immunization dates. Do not attach immunization records.
- Your health care provider completes page 10 after he/she does your physical exam. As an alternative, your health care provider can complete this form based on the results of a physical that you had within the past year. Our form must be used. If your physical cannot be scheduled before the due date for the form & everything else is complete, send the form in on-time with a note and mail the physical examination page as soon as possible.
- Add any supporting documentation (e.g., laboratory tests, chest x-ray reports) behind page 10 and staple all pages together.
- Once all pages are complete, mail the Pre-Entrance Health Form to Student Health Services, The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628. Do not email or fax pages to our office. It is important that you make a copy of the Health Form before you mail it to keep in your personal files.
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 the student (not the parent) 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. Vaccinations are also available in TCNJ Student Health Services. Interested students can call 609-771-2889 for more information and to schedule an appointment.
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, 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.
ADA 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. Marc Celentana, Director of Counseling & Psychological Services. Call 609-771-2247 or contact Dr. Celentana by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .