Pre-Registration Requirements

Welcome to Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC)! Our team at Student Health on Haven looks forward to supporting your health and well-being as you navigate this new chapter. 

The information below outlines the pre-registration requirements that students must complete in order to register for classes. 

1.    We strongly recommend that you submit your pre-registration requirements and documentation via the secure Student Health portal. For details on accessing the Student Health portal, see Registering for the Student Health Portal. Students who are unable to to submit their documentation through the portal may send their documentation to shsregistration@cumc.columbia.edu

Pre-registration requirements are as follows:

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

  • Students must complete and submit the following forms: 
  • Health History: Submit through the Student Health portal after you receive your Columbia UNI.
  • COVID-19: Submit documentation of COVID-19 vaccination through the Student Health portal. Please note this immunization documentation is not listed on the current pre-registration forms.
  • Meningococcal Meningitis Response Form: 
  • 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.
  • Hepatitis C: hepatitis C antibody no more than 6 months prior to program start date. If hepatitis C antibody is positive, a quantitative hepatitis C RNA test is required.
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (choose one of the following)
    • 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.
  • Polio: Documented date of most recent IPV (killed) OR OPV (live) polio vaccine recommended (not required).
  • Tetanus: 
    • One-time dose of Tdap (Tetanus/ diphtheria/acellular pertussis) required
    • Td (Tetanus/diphtheria) boosters every 10 years thereafter.
  • 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) (choose one of the following): 
    • Two doses of varicella vaccine at least 28 days apart OR
    • Documentation of 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.

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

  • Students must complete and submit the following form:
  • Health History: Submit through the Student Health portal after you receive your Columbia UNI.
  • COVID-19: Submit documentation of COVID-19 vaccination through the Student Health portal. Please note this immunization documentation is not listed on the current pre-registration forms.
  • 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). 
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (choose one of the following): 
    • 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.
  • Tuberculosis Screening: 
    • IGRA blood test (QuantiFERON Gold or T-Spot) no more than 12 months prior to program start date.
    • If positive, submit a chest x-ray report.

2.    Student Health will review your completed pre-registration forms and documentation. We will reach out to let you know if you are missing any items. You will not be cleared for registration until all of the requested documentation has been received and reviewed by a Student Health team member.

3.    After your completed pre-registration package has been submitted and approved, you will receive a secure message through the Student Health portal and your registration hold will be lifted within 24 hours. Please allow at least 2 weeks from the time of submission for us to approve your documentation and lift your registration hold.

Please also note the following: 

  • You will need to work with your clinician to complete all of the requirements before your registration deadline. Please start the process early to allow for additional time should you need any additional follow-up
  • 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 submitted with the accompanied laboratory or radiology report. Your pre-registration forms will not be accepted without this documentation. 
  • All titer results must be submitted with a copy of the laboratory report, including the laboratory reference range.

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

Registering for the Student Health Portal

After you have been assigned a Columbia UNI and you have completed the health clearance process, 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:

  • An administrative fee of $95 will be charged to students completing any pre-registration requirements at 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).