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Enrollment Compliances

Health Insurance Policy

MSU students have access to purchase multiple health and wellness benefits for optional coverage. If you have questions about the student insurance plans, please contact MSU Human Resources at (800) 353-4434 or email

MSU COM PA Medicine Program requires that all students have health insurance coverage for the duration of the program, starting from the first day of attendance through the final day of the program.  The payment of medical fees incurred due to any injury or illness arising out of participation in the program is the responsibility of the student. 

Failure to maintain health insurance at any time during the program will result in the student being unable to attend and progress through the Program. Documentation of current health insurance is maintained on the web-based platform Castle Branch. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the health coverage is maintained and documented.


Immunizations are extremely important to students during their tenure at Michigan State University PA Medicine Program and as future medical providers. During PA Medicine school and in the future, much of what you do in the health care setting will come under federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) guidelines. Under these and the CDC Recommended Vaccines for Healthcare Workers, there are certain sets of immunizations that are required of all healthcare workers. Each MSUCOM PA student must meet the University Physician's requirements, as well as the CDC Recommended Vaccines for Healthcare Workers. All PA Medicine students are required to provide evidence (utilizing Castle Branch, Inc.) of the following vaccinations (evidence of immunity will also be accepted):

Vaccines Recommendations in brief

Hepatitis B

If you don’t have documented evidence of a complete hepB vaccine series, or if you don’t have an up-to-date blood test that shows you are immune to hepatitis B (i.e., no serologic evidence of immunity or prior vaccination) then you should

  • Get the 3-dose series (dose #1 now, #2 in 1 month, #3 approximately 5 months after #2).
  • Get anti-HBs serologic tested 1–2 months after dose #3.

Tuberculin Test

A two-step tuberculin skin test and tuberculin skin test annually thereafter. Test results must be reported in millimeters. “Negative” is an interpretation and not an acceptable result. Second step tuberculin skin test must be read 1-3 weeks after the first.
OR A single blood test and annually thereafter. 

If prior history of a positive tuberculin skin test: Present documentation of reactive TB skin test, chest X-ray results, treatment plan, and symptom monitor. Each situation will be assessed on an individual basis by the University Physician staff. Annual follow-up will be determined based the assessment. 

If prior history of a positive blood test: Present documentation of positive blood test, chest X-ray results, treatment plan, and symptom monitor. Symptom monitors will be required annually. 

Flu (Influenza)

Get 1 dose of influenza vaccine annually.

MMR (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella)

If you were born in 1957 or later and have not had the MMR vaccine, or if you don’t have an up-to-date blood test that shows you are immune to measles or mumps (i.e., no serologic evidence of immunity or prior vaccination), get 2 doses of MMR (1 dose now and the 2nd dose at least 28 days later).
If you were born in 1957 or later and have not had the MMR vaccine, or if you don’t have an up-to-date blood test that shows you are immune to rubella, only 1 dose of MMR is recommended. However, you may end up receiving 2 doses, because the rubella component is in the combination vaccine with measles and mumps.

For HCWs born before 1957, see the MMR ACIP vaccine recommendations.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

If you have not had chickenpox (varicella), if you haven’t had varicella vaccine, or if you don’t have an up-to-date blood test that shows you are immune to varicella (i.e., no serologic evidence of immunity or prior vaccination) get 2 doses of varicella vaccine, 4 weeks apart.

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)

Get a one-time dose of Tdap as soon as possible if you have not received Tdap previously (regardless of when previous dose of Td was received).

Get Td boosters every 10 years thereafter.

Pregnant HCWs need to get a dose of Tdap during each pregnancy.


Those who are routinely exposed to isolates of N. meningitidis should get one dose.

The above information on Recommended Vaccines for Healthcare Workers​​​​.

International Travel Immunizations

Students who rotate at international clinical sites will need to follow the current CDC requirements for the country of travel they will embark upon and should consult MSU Travel clinic for evaluation. Further details can be found at


Fingerprinting, Criminal Background Check and Urine Drug Screen

As verification of identity, criminal history and ability to matriculate into the college, each student is required to complete, through Castle Branch, Inc., a fingerprint, criminal background check and urine drug screen.

Finger Printing

Each student must be fingerprinted and have a criminal background check to verify identity and any past criminal history. This must be completed before school begins. 

To order your fingerprints and criminal background check: 

  1. Go to and select "Place Order."
  2. Select package code MI37: Background Check - Fingerprinting - Urine Drug screen.
  3. You will then be directed to set up your CertifiedProfile account. Required personal information includes: full name and date of birth, social security number, current address, phone number and email address.
  4. Select the method of payment.
  5. Please note that international students will be required to complete an additional international background check via an additional order code, which may incur an additional fee. For Canadian students, this background check code is MI37ca, and there is a  additional fee for processing.
  6. Students will schedule the fingerprinting appointment and the time that works best for them.
  7. Print out the confirmation page and take it to the fingerprinting appointment.
  8. For the appointment, students must bring a valid driver's license or other valid photo ID, and must have completed a "Live Scan Application Form".
  9. For questions regarding the fingerprint procedure, please call CastleBranch directly at (888) 850-4314 for assistance.
  10. The results of the fingerprinting and criminal background check will be sent directly to MSUCOM.

Criminal Background Checks 

Prior to admission to MSU COM PA Medicine all students will be required to submit to a criminal background check.  All PA Medicine applicants must report criminal convictions on their CASPA application. When admitted to the program and prior to the start of the program, a criminal background check, as directed by Castle Branch, will be conducted. If the criminal background check detects criminal convictions not already disclosed on the CASPA application by the student, he/she may not be allowed to enter the PA Medicine program, pending review by the MSU COM PA Medicine Admissions Committee. Complete disclosure of felony and misdemeanor convictions is necessary, as it can impact a student’s ability to participate at clinical sites and eligibility for state licensure after graduation. Along these same lines, the admitted student must report to the program director any criminal misdemeanor or felony convictions that occur during the PA Medicine program, within one month of the conviction. Failure to do so will result in immediate referral to the Promotions Committee and may result in dismissal from the program.


Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Training

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a national standard that protects sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge.  HIPAA defines health information as any information (including genetic information) created or received by a healthcare provider, health plan, public health authority, employer, life insurance company, school or university, or healthcare clearinghouse. 

Training in HIPAA is designed to understand the rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the US healthcare system. In this training you will learn about HIPAA and related federal legislation, and the elements of HIPAA they need to comply with, including the Privacy, Security and Enforcement and Breach notification rules.  Via the Privacy Rule, the main goal is to ensure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public’s health and well-being. 

Ability Training System

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Training and Universal Precautions

The Bloodborne Pathogens and Universal Precautions (BBP) training program will guide you through understanding the hazards associated with the bloodborne regulations and safety procedures. 

Ability Training System