Health Information FAQ

Common Questions

 

Am I required to fill out any forms for the Wellness Center?

All incoming undergraduate, transfer, and readmitted students (including military personnel), regardless of age, must complete and submit the required health forms on the patient portal. Instructions for completion are also available on the patient portal.

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What if I don't have a doctor?

If you have insurance, search for a doctor through the insurance company website or call them for assistance. Otherwise, there are many types of clinics available for those who have no doctor. Conducting a simple web-search is a great starting place for finding a clinic in your geographical area.  Many drop-in type clinics (such as CVS MinuteClinic) are affordable and convenient. Make sure the scope of services offered include the ability to draw and send labs, a review of your previous records and immunization records in order for the physician to sign-off the our forms.  County/community clinics also offer health services, including immunizations, to assist in income-based health needs for those who meet eligibility criteria.

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What if I can't get an appointment with my healthcare provider until after the form submission deadline?

Be sure to let the doctor’s office staff know that you are in need of a physical for college admission; many times you will receive priority availability. If need be, ask to take the next cancellation. You will need to arrange for your physical exam and immunization update prior to the July 1st deadline! Don’t put this off, make it a priority. Also, please reference the answer to "What if I don't have a Doctor"; a clinic visit may be what you’ll have as your only alternate option.

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I have waived the PLNU Student Health Insurance Plan. Do I still have to complete and submit the required health forms on the patient portal?

Yes. All entering students must complete and submit the required health forms on the patient portal, no matter which health insurance they have.

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What should I do if my physician doesn’t speak English?

You will need to have the information on your Physical Examination and Immunization Verification Forms and all your records translated into English.

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Will PLNU accept copies of my records instead of the forms?

Do not send your health records or immunizations cards. All information must be submitted through the patient portal using only the required forms.

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What happens if I do not meet the forms submission deadline?

You run the risk of seriously delaying housing and class registration if you do not meet the deadline of JULY 1st.  However, forms submitted late are better than no forms submitted at all. Be advised that students without immunization or TB information on file in the Wellness Center may be removed from residence halls and/or campus in case of a campus outbreak of an immunizable disease.

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Do I have to pay for my pre-entry physical examination and required immunizations, or are they covered by the PLNU Student Health Insurance Plan?

Yes, you must pay for them. The pre-entry physical examination, immunizations, and tests are not covered by the PLNU Student Health Insurance Plan.

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What if I don't have the money for the exam or immunizations?

Most communities offer area clinics that provide affordable health care services, including immunizations, for those facing financial challenges.  Web-search your County Public Health Center for local sites.

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I had a physical examination two years ago. Is this acceptable?

If you are entering as an undergraduate student, you must have a physical examination within the 12 months prior to the start of your classes at PLNU.

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Who should sign the physical examination form before I submit the form on my patient portal?

The physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner who performed your physical examination must sign and date forms. Forms signed by a student’s parent (even if the parent is a physician or nurse practitioner) are not acceptable.

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