New Student Health


All new and transfer students must complete a health form (Adobe Sign) prior to moving into the residence halls and starting classes.


Athletic Student Health Form

If you need to fill out the Athletic Student Health Form, please contact the Athletic Department at 215-646-7300, ext. 21251.


Nursing Student Health Form

If you are enrolled in the four-year BSN program, but not enrolled in any nursing courses for the fall semester, complete the regular University health form. More documentation will be provided to you in the beginning of your sophomore year by the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions.

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Lynn at 215-641-7300, ext. 21167.

Required Immunizations

The following immunizations are required for all students. Non-compliance will result in a medical hold for admission to the residence halls and may interrupt your class schedule.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine: All students who will take classes on campus for Fall 2022 are required to complete GMercyU's COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Form and Request for Vaccination Exemption Form here by August 12, 2022. You must be logged into the portal to view the form. Based on current CDC guidance which defines “fully vaccinated” as having one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax vaccines, the University is NOT requiring community members to receive a booster vaccine at this time. It’s important to remember that students who are required to participate in clinicals, student teaching, or other field experiences in order to graduate may be required to show proof of vaccination in order to report to their site locations in the fall. Students who choose not to be vaccinated may not be able to complete these degree program requirements, which could delay your time to graduation.
  • DPT: 3 doses plus a booster within the past 10 years
  • Polio: 3 doses of Polio vaccine plus a booster
  • MMR: 2 doses
  • Hepatitis B: 3 doses
  • Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine: If you plan to live in the residence halls, this vaccine is required.
  • Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine Booster: A booster dose is now recommended at 16 years old for children who received the initial dose between 11 and 12 years old. If the initial dose was given between 13 and 15 years old, the booster dose should be given between 16 and 18 years old. If the initial dose was given at 16 years or older, no booster is needed, except where there is continuing risk.
  • Varicella: either a history of chickenpox or the varicella vaccine
  • TB test: A PPD within one year for all nursing, Health Professions, International, and Resident Students. Nursing Students are to be repeated yearly. Health Professions students will follow recommendations from their respective departments.

Insurance Coverage

All students are required to be insured. If you belong to a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) or a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), contact your provider to determine out of area services.

All students will be automatically enrolled in the College Student Health Insurance plan unless an online waiver is completed by the deadline date of September 11 for the current year.


Waive Health Insurance

The Student Health Insurance Waiver will be available around July 1.

If you do not complete a waiver, you will automatically be enrolled in the College Student Health Insurance Plan and you will be billed the annual premium.


Meningitis Awareness Disclosure

On June 28, 2002, the Governor of Pennsylvania, Mark Schweiker, signed into law a requirement that students enrolled in Pennsylvania institutions of higher education residing in residence halls or other university-owned housing be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. For more information, visit www.legis.state.pa.us.

Monkey Pox

The Health and Wellness Center is closely monitoring developments around monkey pox and will respond to our community needs accordingly. For the most up-to-date information, please review resources at U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and www.montcopa.org.

If you are experiencing symptoms that might be monkey pox, including fever, headache, muscle aches and backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, and a rash that can look like pimples or blisters, it is essential that you:

  • Immediately isolate yourself from others; do not report to work or school until evaluated and cleared by a healthcare professional.

  • All students should immediately contact the Health and Wellness Center at healthandwellnessctr@gmercyu.edu.

  • Resident students should stay in their room and await further instructions from the Health and Wellness Center.

  • Commuter students should not proceed to campus until cleared by their primary care physician.

  • All faculty and staff should email the Health and Wellness Center at healthandwellnessctr@gmercyu.edu so they are aware of possible/actual cases.

Anyone who is made aware of a positive case, suspected case, or is in close contact with monkey pox should immediately notify the Health and Wellness Center at healthandwellnessctr@gmercyu.edu.

If you have a specific concern that is not addressed in this message or available through the Montgomery County Office of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control, or your local and state department of health, please email healthandwellnessctr@gmercyu.edu.