Pre-Registration Requirements

Welcome to Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). Here at Student Health on Haven, we look forward to supporting your health and well-being goals as you embark on the next phase of your academic endeavors.  

The information below outlines all the pre-registration requirements that must be completed in order to be able to register for classes and the deadlines are as follows:

  • Summer 2021 enrollment:  April 23, 2021
  • Fall 2021 enrollment: June 25, 2021
  • Spring 2022 enrollment: December 17, 2021

We strongly recommend submitting your pre-registration requirements via our secure web portal.

You will need to work with your clinician to complete all of the requirements, so please leave enough time in case any follow-up items are needed.  Only CUIMC Student Health on Haven Immunization and Physical Exam forms will be accepted.  The forms should be completed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant who is not related to you and should contain a signature and office stamp.

All laboratory and x-ray results should be accompanied by the actual laboratory or radiology report. Your forms will not be accepted without this documentation. 

Once you have submitted your documentation, we will reach out to let you know if you are missing any items and you will not be cleared for registration until all of the requested documentation has been received and reviewed by a member of our staff.  Once you have submitted your completed packet and your registration has been approved, you will receive a secure message from us and your registration hold will be lifted within 24 hours.  Please wait at least 2 weeks from the time of submission for us to approve your documentation and lift your hold.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at shsregistration@cumc.columbia.edu.

Pre-Registration Health Requirements for Clinical Students (Dental, Medical, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Genetic Counseling)

Pre-registration Physical Exam Form (Must be completed by an MD, NP, or PA who is not a relative.)

Pre-registration Immunization Form for Clinical Students

  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella: Two doses of MMR vaccine (after 1 year of age) OR two doses of measles vaccine, two doses of mumps vaccine, and one dose of rubella vaccine OR positive titers (IgG) showing immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.  If submitting titers, laboratory reports must also be submitted.
  • Meningococcal Meningitis Response Form: Complete online after you receive your Columbia UNI using the Student Health portal. Receipt of the vaccine is optional. Read more about the Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  
  • Health History: Submit through the Student Health portal after you receive your Columbia UNI.
  • Hepatitis B:
    • Documentation of a complete Hepatitis B series AND a positive Hepatitis B Surface Antibody (anti-HBs, HBsAb >10 ml IU/mL) at least 30 days after the last dose AND Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) are all required.  
    • If the Surface Antibody is negative 1-2 months following completion of the series, the series should be repeated and the Surface Antibody should be done again 1-2 months following the completion of the second series.  All documentation should be submitted.  Students needing to complete a second series can do so once arriving on campus as long as it was started prior to arrival.
    • If no Hepatitis B Surface Antibody was checked 1-2 months following the primary series and is now negative, a 4th dose should be given and an antibody should be checked 1 month following administration.  If the antibody is positive, no further action is needed and all records should be submitted. If the antibody is negative, the series should be completed and all records should be submitted. Students needing to complete the second series will be able to do so once arriving on campus as long as it was started prior to arrival.
  • Tetanus:
    • One-time dose of Tdap (Tetanus/ diphtheria/acellular pertussis) required, with Td (Tetanus/diphtheria) boosters every 10 years thereafter.
  • Polio: Documented date of most recent IPV (killed) or OPV (live) polio vaccine recommended (not required).
  • Tuberculosis Screening:
    • IGRA blood test (QuantiFERON Gold or T-Spot) within 6 months of program start date.  If positive, submit chest x-ray report.
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): Two doses of varicella vaccine at least 28 days apart OR positive varicella titer (IgG) if you have a history of chicken pox. If titer is negative, 2 doses of varicella vaccine at least 28 days apart are required.
  • Hepatitis C: Hepatitis C antibody within 6 months of program start date. If hepatitis C antibody is positive, a quantitative hepatitis C RNA test is required.
  • Physical Exam: Must be completed by an MD, NP, or PA who is not a relative.

Pre-Registration Health Requirements for Non-Clinical Students (Public Health, Human Nutrition, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)

  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella: Two doses of MMR vaccine (after 1 year of age) OR two doses of measles vaccine, two doses of mumps vaccine, and one dose of rubella vaccine OR positive titers (IgG) showing immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.
  • Meningococcal Meningitis Response Form: Complete online after you receive your Columbia UNI using the Student Health portal. Receipt of the vaccine is optional. Read more about the Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
  • Health History: Submit through the Student Health portal after you receive your Columbia UNI.
  • Tetanus: One time dose of Tdap (Tetanus/ diphtheria/acellular pertussis), with Td (Tetanus/diphtheria) boosters every 10 years thereafter recommended (not required).
  • Polio: Documented date of most recent IPV (killed) or OPV (live) polio vaccine recommended (not required).
  • Tuberculosis Screening: One PPD skin test, or IGRA blood test (QuantiFERON Gold or T-Spot) within 12 months of program start date. If positive, submit a chest x-ray report.

Registering for the Student Health Portal

After you have received all the paperwork required for health clearance, and once your Columbia UNI has been assigned, you can access the secure Student Health portal to submit your documentation and enter relevant health information . You will need to register for the Student Health portal with an active email address. (Please note: If your Columbia email address is not yet active, please use an alternate email address). 

Completing Pre-Registration Requirements through Student Health on Haven

Student Health on Haven can perform pre-registration health requirement services for a fee if you are in New York City. Please note the following:

  • All titer results must be submitted with a copy of the laboratory report, including the laboratory reference range.
  • Do not to wait until the last minute as the process can take some time.
  • An administrative fee of $95 will be charged to students completing any preregistration requirements at the Student Health on Haven.
  • Additional fees will be charged for each service rendered (immunizations and titers).
  • We do not accept any type of insurance for these services, and full payment is due at the time of service (via cash, check or credit card).