Information for New Students

As you prepare to join the campus community, the wellness team is eager to assist you to maintain good health and wellbeing as you complete your college education.  Submission of health documents and preparation for care while away from home will assist our wellness team to provide high quality care and support for your holistic needs.

The following information and action is required prior to the start of New Student Orientation:

  1. A complete physical examination (please send proof of a physical exam within the past year)
  2. Immunizations 
  3. Health History Form
  4. Proof of Health Insurance  (Sign in to your OneLogin.  Click on the Medicat icon and upload the front and back of your Insurance Card).
  5. Find Local Healthcare Providers (if a condition requires frequent appointments)
  6. Arrange Transportation for Planned Medical Appointments

Submitting documents is easy.  Once you have the forms completed by your healthcare provider sign in to your OneLogin.  Click on the Medicat icon and you will be able to upload your documents.  Please include a copy of the front and back of your medical insurance card.  The deadline for Fall semester is July 1; deadline for Spring semester is January 1.  

Immunization/TB Screening Form
PLNU Physical Form
Health History Form

Planning for Off Campus Medical or Counseling Appointments

As outlined in the Freshman Vehicle Policy, first-year residential students are not permitted to bring vehicles to campus, nor may they park in the surrounding neighborhood. Regulations are contained in full in the University Vehicle Code (UVC), which is maintained by DPS and made available in its office and on its web site.   The Freshman Vehicle Policy remains in effect for transportation requests for frequent medical, counseling and/or other off campus appointments.  Freshmen students are strongly encouraged to plan in advance to access alternate transportation for off campus appointments. 

Some alternative forms of transportation available to freshmen students are:

  • Taxi or ride-sharing services (e.g., Uber, Lyft)
  • ZipCar (hourly or per day vehicle rental)
  • MTS (San Diego public transit)
  • MTS Access (San Diego public transit for customers with disabilities)
  • Rides from friends with currently registered vehicles on campus

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don't have a doctor?

Use your health insurance to search for a doctor through the insurance company website or call the company for assistance. Otherwise, there are many types of clinics available for those who have no doctor. Conducting a simple online search is a great starting place to find 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 includes the ability to draw and send labs, and a review of your previous records, including immunizations, for the physician to sign off on our forms. County/community clinics also offer health services, including immunizations, to assist with income-based health needs for those who meet eligibility criteria.

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 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 immunizations update prior to the July 1 deadline. Don’t put this off; make it a priority.

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.

I am an international student. Can I use my own insurance?

All international students must accept PLNU’s insurance policy. The PLNU Student Health Insurance Policy guarantees you will receive comprehensive ACA-compliant healthcare while in the U.S.

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 1. 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.

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

Most communities have clinics that provide affordable healthcare services, including immunizations, for those facing financial challenges. Search for your County Public Health Center online for local sites.

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.

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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