Preparing for College

The purpose of this checklist is to help students plan ahead and come to campus not only with what is required by university policy, but also with items needed to avoid or help in case of illness. Please review this information and bring the following items with you.

Health Form

A properly completed Health Form (pdf) is required and should be provided to Health Services prior to beginning courses. The health form provides the office with a student's demographic information; medical history; physical exam; health insurance information; and dates of immunizations. This information is confidential and will not be released without the student's permission. Permission to share information will be requested in particular for student athletes and those students in a program of study requiring a clinical rotation or other practicum experience. Additional physicals and other tests or immunizations will likely be required.


The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American College Health Association (ACHA) recommend the following vaccinations. All students should review the immunization requirements on page 1 of the health form

  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella): Two doses at least 28 days apart if born after 1956.
  • Varicella (chickenpox): Two doses at least 28 days apart if you never had chickenpox or a blood test confirming immunity
  • Hepatitis B: Series of three doses or blood test to confirm immunity
  • Tetanus (Td or Tdap): Booster at 11-12 years of age and Td booster every 10 years
  • Meningococcal Tetravalent (meningitis vaccine): Required OR student must complete the Declination of Meningitis Immunization on page 6 of the Health Form.
  • TB (Tuberculosis) Screening: All students must complete the TB screening questionnaire on page 4 of the Health Form. Students are required to be tested for TB if they major in the health sciences and will have clinical rotations or practicums; come from countries with a high incidence of active TB; or display symptoms of illness.

Health Insurance and Health Insurance Card

Review your health insurance policy so that you understand your coverage, co-payments, and prescription plan. Check with your health insurance provider to verify coverage for "out of area" non-emergencies. Keep a personal health insurance card in your wallet and make a copy to add to the health form in the event you lose or misplace it.

First Aid Kit

Consider keeping a first aid kit with Band-Aids, disposable gloves, an ice pack, hand sanitizer, antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone cream, alcohol pads, disposable thermometers, a small flashlight, over-the-counter medications for pain/fever/allergies, throat lozenges, an EpiPen (if indicated for severe allergies), bottled water, and sports drinks. Refill as needed.

Humidifier and Heating Pad

Consider bringing these items to campus. Humidifiers provide moisture in dry residence hall rooms and provide relief from sore throat, sinus and chest congestion. Heating pads are helpful to students who have a history of a medical condition and use them to provide relief from discomfort.

Air Conditioner

For persons who have a history of allergies or other health conditions and are assigned housing without air conditioning, provide a doctor's note to Health Services regarding the need for air conditioning in these circumstances.

Prescription Medications

All medications brought to campus should be documented on your health form. Bring a month's supply of any ongoing medication which can be kept in your room. Plan ahead and bring a refill prescription with you from your health care provider. There are two pharmacies within walking distance from campus.

Special Needs

For special needs, or if you have any questions, please email Nancy Hines, MS, RN in Health Services or call 563/333-6423.

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