Health Requirements and Immunizations

General:
The Charles R. Drew University Physician Assistant Program has a number of health requirements that students must comply with prior to starting class each year.  All required health and immunization documents must be completed by the designated deadline.  Students failing to provide required health & immunization information or failing to meet designated deadlines will not be allowed to start the program.

Health/Medical Insurance:
All incoming physician assistant students must obtain health/medical insurance through the University.  At the start of class, students must show proof of health care coverage (you are required to have health insurance for the entire 27 months of the program) in order to enter classes.  Students must purchase health insurance through the university insurance agent unless they can show proof of other adequate coverage.  A student may opt out of the University health care coverage only if they can provide documentation of valid medical insurance that will cover them for the duration of the PA program. The policy regarding health insurance is located online and in the University Catalog.

The university policy states: “Based on CDU student input in December 2011 and effective fall 2013, CDU requires all full-time undergraduate and graduate students to maintain adequate health insurance that covers them every day of their higher education career while enrolled at CDU. 
For further information on Health Insurance visit the University website at: https://www.cdrewu.edu/students/Insurance. Additional information is also available in the most current University Catalog.

Health Information:
You will soon receive an e-mail notification from castlebranch.com instructing you to sign up and upload the required health documents prior to your entry into the PA program. Please DO NOT send any health information to the PA program.  Student health records are confidential and must NOT be accessible to or reviewed by faculty or staff except for immunization and tuberculosis screening results, which may be maintained at the PA Program and confidentially released to clinical sites with written permission from the student. Needle stick/sharp reports, results of drug screening, or criminal background checks are NOT considered part of the student health record.

You will be required to provide information on Immunization & Titers as well as Health History and Physical Examination. These documents are available on www.castlebranch.com, once you have established your account. Uploaded documents will be reviewed by CastleBranch.com to verify compliance with PA Program requirements.  These documents will either be accepted or rejected. Once accepted, you are considered in compliance for that specific requirement.

Annual Requirements: Tuberculosis screening, physical examination and influenza vaccination requirements are annual.

Titer Requirements:
The following immunizations REQUIRE proof of titer:

  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella

All titers will require the upload of laboratory results; documentation from a medical provider is not accepted as proof of immunity.  The deadline for health information submission is between June – August of the admission year. The program will send specific deadline requirements to accepted students. If there are any problems or questions with uploading information, please contact CertifiedBackground.com.
If there are any problems or questions with uploading information, please contact www.castlebranch.com

Please save your log-in and password information as you will need this during the clinical year when you will be required to release your information to clinical sites that require it.

Any student failing to be in compliance with the health requirements will not be allowed to attend class, labs or clinical placement sites. Students will receive an unexcused absence from those classes they miss and will be subject to referral to the Academic Committee on Evaluation & Support (ACES). It is the responsibility of each student to make sure his or her health forms are complete and up to date. Students are notified if there are any deficiencies in required documentation, it is then up to the student to correct any deficiencies and provide proof of the corrections.
*Please note*:

  • For those who do not have certain immunizations, it may take up to 6 months to receive the full series and have titers drawn, so make sure you allow yourself enough time to complete this requirement.
  • Federal and state laws allow students and employees to decline certain vaccinations.  If you decline vaccination, you MUST sign an Immunization Declination Form with CDU and comply with policies & procedures specific to each clinical site in regard to vaccine declination.
  •  If you have a nonresponse to the Hepatitis B vaccine series (i.e. you have had the vaccine, but your titers do not show immunity to Hepatitis B), please contact your medical provider for CDC recommendations regarding immunization status.

All PA Program students are required to possess laptop computers and iPads. iPads are required at the time of New Student Orientation and during the first week of class. If you do not have an iPad, then the program will loan one to you for the duration of your enrollment in the Charles R. Drew University PA Program.  Smart phones, iPads, and computers are required and will be utilized throughout the PA Program.  Developing computer skills is critical to the success of students in the PA Program and in practice. These skills are necessary for timely communication, assignment access and submission, research, and maximization of the overall learning experience.

Though not a requirement for admission, students are expected to possess computer skills in word processing, email and Internet browsing prior to matriculation. Students will need to have Internet access at their residence throughout the PA Program.

The University supports PC & Apple platforms and is 100% Wi-Fi enabled.  Your PC  and iPad should have Wi-Fi capacity.

The CDU Information Systems Team is here to help you!  Please visit: http://www.cdrewu.edu/IS/Helpdesk