Insurance / Student Health Requirements
Upon entry to the PA Program, every student must have health insurance coverage which meets Barry University requirements, including coverage of occupational exposures. Coverage must remain in effect at all times while enrolled in the Program. Graduate students taking six or more credits may purchase health insurance through the Barry University Health Plan. Students should review the coverage offered by the Barry University Student Health Center (BUSHC) online (https://www.barry.edu/health-services/student-insurance.html), myBarry, or by visiting the BUSHC. Students at distant sites may also email Pamela Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org) enrollment forms and inquiries.
Upon entry into the Program, students must provide a copy of their Barry University Health Plan enrollment form or other current insurance card to the Program. In the event a change of insurance coverage occurs, the student must submit proof of the new plan. Students covered by an insurance plan other than the university plan must complete an online waiver. Submission of the waiver must be completed through myBarry. Failure to submit proof of Barry University Health Plan coverage, or provide the waiver and proof of other insurance, will result in holds on registration and/or withdrawal from all clinical activities, with potential delays in progression through the Program.
Prior to the first day of new student orientation, each student must provide the Program (through the American Data Bank Immunization Tracking System proof of compliance with Program student health requirements. The costs are borne by the student. These health requirements are based in part on the CDC Guidelines for Health Care Workers including:
- Statement of Good Health Form (included in welcome pack)
- MMR x2 (doses must be 4 weeks apart) or adequate titer
- Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) series and a booster within the past 10 years
- Hepatitis B vaccination 3-doses series or waiver
- Varicella (chickenpox) compliance demonstrated or evidence of receipt of immunization
- Proof of two (2) varicella vaccinations
- Student's past medical records that indicate a history of varicella disease clinically.
- Presence of IgG antibody by either Latex Agglutination or ELISA (preferable) testing. Any students not showing past exposure must have the two varicella vaccinations which are 4-8 weeks apart and submit proof..PPD screening for tuberculosis (or chest x-ray report if PPD positive)
- The Program also recommends that students receive influenza immunization recommended by the CDC
Each student must update their PPD status and Statement of Good Health every 12 months, or more often if required by a clinical site to which the student is assigned. The above information may be released to third parties to facilitate student clinical placements.
Students must also present a basic cardiac life support certification at new student orientation.
Students are advised that faculty of the Program are prohibited by accreditation standards from providing health care services to students. Students must not seek health care from their didactic or clinical faculty.