Health Services FAQs

Please note that the immunization requirements for graduate students differ from those of undergrads. Please go to the Graduate Studies website for more information.

1. When is the Health Report due?

The Health report Form should be submitted to Student Health Services by July 15th (fall enrollment) or January 15th (spring enrollment). If you haven't turned it in by the deadline, a hold will be placed on your record, preventing you from registering for classes and you will not be permitted to move onto campus.

2. My doctor/I faxed my records to Student Health Services. How do I know if they have been received?

Always be sure to follow up with our office to be certain that your records were received. Please call 508-767-7329.

3. Why are immunizations required?

Massachusetts public health regulations and college policy require that any full-time student (enrolled in 9 or more credits in a semester), OR a full or part-time international student must provide proof of immunization compliance before the start of classes. In the event of a communicable disease outbreak, students who are not adequately immunized or are without laboratory evidence of immunity must be excluded from school. This policy includes all students with medical or religious exemptions.

4. What will happen if I don’t submit my immunizations?

Failure to comply with Massachusetts Immunization Requirements will result in a hold on your Assumption course registration and will prevent you from moving onto campus and attending classes.

5. What are the required immunizations?

Students must receive the following vaccinations before coming to campus

  • Hepatitis B – 3 doses required for 20 mcg; dose 1 and 2 at least 4 weeks apart; does 2 and 3 at least 8 weeks apart; or Hepatitis Immune Serology with lab documentation attached
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) – 2 dosed MMR; dose 1 after 1st birthday, dose 2 at least one month after dose 1; or MMR Immune Serology with lab documentation attached
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) – 2 doses of Varicella required; dose 1 and 2 at least 4 weeks apart; or history of disease, or Varicella Immune Serology with lab documentation attached
  • Tdap or Td (Tetanus-Diphtheria and Pertussis) – 1 dose of Tdap within the past 10 years or a Td booster within the past 5 years
  • Meningococcal Meningitis (required for students living on campus) – 1 dose of MPSV4 in the last 5 years; or 1 dose of MCV4 anytime; or signed waiver

6. What paperwork do I need to submit?

There are three ways to meet the requirement; all start with the Assumption College Health Entrance Form.

  1. Complete the immunization portion of the form, in English, and have it signed by your health care provider.
  2. Review the immunization requirements on the Health Report Form and attach a copy of your immunization record (including dates), provided by your health care provider’s office, that is either signed or on office letterhead.
  3. If you’ve been a full-time student at another school or enlisted in the military, attach a copy of your immunization record.

7. What if I don’t have all my immunizations?

If you cannot locate your records, a blood titer test can show your immunity to Measles, Mumps, or Rubella, the Hepatitis B series, and Varicella. Contact your health care provider for further information about blood titer tests. You will need to provide our office with a copy of the lab reports showing immunity. If you cannot locate a record of your current Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) or Meningitis vaccination you will need to receive a new inoculation.

8. Is anyone exempt?

Students may seek exemption for medical or religious reasons. Medical exemption requests must be accompanied by documentation from a health care provider stating that the immunization is medically contraindicated. Religious exemption requests must be accompanied by a signed statement that immunizations are contrary to the student’s sincere religious beliefs. Copies of paperwork documenting religious affiliation and history from previous schools are also acceptable. Students may be exempt from the meningitis vaccination requirement, depending on whether they live on or off-campus. If the meningitis vaccination is waived, the waiver form must be completed and attached to the Immunization Record.

9. Who must be tested for tuberculosis?

Some students are more likely to be exposed to or have active Tuberculosis (TB). This is determined by the answers you give to the questions in the TB screening form. If you have a higher risk (indicated by your answer to questions on the form) you need to be tested.

10. Who will get to see my Immunization Record?

The only staff who will have access to your immunization records are those who need to handle or see it in the context of a public health concern on campus.

11. Do I have to enroll in the college’s Student Health Insurance Plan?

All full-time undergraduate students are required by Massachusetts state law to carry health insurance. You can be covered under your parent/guardian’s plan, and do not need to purchase the student health Insurance plan in order to receive care at SHS.

All full-time transfer and undergraduate students are automatically charged for the Assumption College Student Health Insurance Plan. If you determine that you have adequate health insurance after reading the Health Insurance Plan brochure you receive from the Finance Office/Student Accounts, you may waive the charge by completing the waiver ONLINE on United Healthcare's Website. State law requires that you provide us with information about the plan under which you are covered, including the Policy Number in order for us to waive the insurance charge prior to registration.

If you have any insurance questions, please contact the Cashier’s Office at (508) 767-7412.

12. If I provide my health insurance information to SHS, does that automatically waive the Student Health Insurance Plan?

The Student Health Insurance Plan is automatically added to your student bill unless you sign a waiver. If you determine that you have adequate health insurance after reading the Health Insurance Plan brochure you receive from the Finance Office/Student Accounts, you may waive the charge by completing the waiver ONLINE on United Healthcare's Website. State law requires that you provide us with information about the plan under which you are covered, including the Policy Number in order for us to waive the insurance charge prior to registration.

If you have any insurance questions, please contact the Cashier’s Office at (508) 767-7412.

13. How do I enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan?

The Student Health Insurance Plan is handled through the Cashier’s Office. Please contact them with any questions regarding the student health insurance plan.