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Health Forms - Due August 15, 2019

October 2, 2019: Please complete your entrance health forms as soon as possible, if you have not already done so.  Students who have not completed their entrance health forms will have a hold placed on their registrar’s account and may not be able to register for classes.

Welcome to Caltech! We are Student Wellness Services, and we are here to assist you during your years at Caltech by providing quality medical and mental health care. Please complete the following forms by August 15, 2019. Students with missing or incomplete health forms will have a hold placed on their account by the Office of the Registrar which will prevent registration for classes for the winter term 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to obtain the required immunizations, tests for immunity or tuberculosis testing at your current location, please make an appointment at Student Wellness Services within one week of your arrival on campus to have these items completed at your expense. Student Wellness Services does not bill insurance and does not submit insurance claims on your behalf. 
Please upload all required forms by August 15, 2019, even if you require additional testing or immunizations. Student Wellness Services staff will contact you to assist you in completing health form requirements. Please contact us with a secure message through the student health portal with any questions.

The entrance immunization requirements are:
  • Two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) or blood test showing immunity (positive titers).
  • Two doses of varicella vaccine (chicken pox) or blood test showing immunity (positive titer).
  • Three doses of hepatitis B vaccine or blood test showing immunity (positive titer).
  • One dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) given after age 7. Afterwards, booster dose of tetanus and diphtheria (Td) every ten years.
  • One dose of meningococcal conjugate ACWY (meningitis) after age 16 for all students under age 22.
You will be expected to complete the following forms through the Student Health Portal:
  1. Health History Form
  2. Immunization Record - Please translate into English if in another language
  3. Tuberculosis (TB) screening - Please translate into English if in another language
              Download the additional tuberculosis screening form, complete and upload onto the Student Health Portal under the immunizations section.  
  4. Health Services Treatment Agreement
  5. Notice of Privacy Practices Acknowledgement

>>Please click here for detailed instructions to complete the health forms.<<

Insurance information for students who are not purchasing the Caltech United Health Care Student Resources Insurance:
If you are not purchasing the Caltech United Health Care Student Resources Insurance, please send a copy your insurance card (both front and back) to the Caltech Wellness Center by mail at 1239 Arden Rd., MC 1-8, Pasadena, CA 91125 or fax at 626-585-1522 or by email at

Have a question? 
Send us a secure message via the online Student Health Portal. For instructions on how to send questions or communications through the Student Health Portal, click here.

Incomplete Forms:
Non-compliance or incomplete compliance with these requirements will result in a hold on your account through the Office of the Registrar and the inability to register for classes. The Health Services staff will make three attempts to contact you regarding the completion of these required forms. If you do not respond and complete the forms, then you will be considered non-compliant. Please contact us at 626-395-6393 if you have questions or need assistance.  

The deadline to complete the above required forms and information is August 15, 2019.  Please communicate with us if there are circumstances that will interfere with your completion of these forms.

NCAA Student-Athletes:
If you plan to participate in intercollegiate athletics, you will be provided a login by your sports coach to complete additional forms per NCAA bylaws. Follow the instructions sent by your coach to establish your login credentials, then access and submit the forms, which are required in order to practice or attend team events. Any questions can be directed to your coach or Mark Becker, Assistant Director for Intercollegiate Operations.

Before student-athletes accept the rigors of any organized sport, their health must be evaluated by qualified medical personnel. Such an examination should determine whether the student-athlete is medically cleared to engage in a particular sport. The evaluation needs to be conducted by a medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) licensed and in good standing in his or her state. The evaluation must be executed within the six months prior to the start of organized team activity; older exams will not be accepted. Prospective student-athletes must print and complete "Preparticipation Physical Evaluation," found at under Athletic Training page.
Student under age 18 at date of arrival on campus:
Please click here for an information letter regarding obtaining after-hours care if you will be under age 18 at date of arrival on campus.

Contact Us:
For any questions or concerns, please contact us. You can send a secure message through the Caltech Student Health Portal (preferred method) or call us at 626-395-6393. Click here for instructions on how to send questions or communications through the Student Health Portal.

John Y. Tsai, MD
Medical Director
Student Wellness Services


Hello new and prospective students! We're excited to welcome you to the Caltech community. Check out our 6 steps to get to know Student Wellness Services!

1) Student Wellness Services includes:

ALL registered students pay a health fee each term, which allows access to Student Wellness Services for free, regardless of your insurance coverage. All students are required to carry health insurance, which is used for prescriptions, laboratory tests, specialty/urgent/emergency care, and other services. There may be costs involved if a student requires medication, labs or other testing, but seeing a Caltech clinician on campus is free. 

2) Curious about our services? Read about services and what to expect at:

4) Not sure what the difference between counseling and occupational therapy is? Read this:

An occupational therapist would be able to offer guidance by:

  • Optimizing  day-to-day habits and routines
  • Creating short-term & long-term goals and maintaining accountability
  • Focusing on solutions by using activity analysis to recognize dysfunctional patterns
  • Developing pragmatic skills to create balance
  • Collecting data — sleep, time use, calories, steps
  • Focusing on individual strengths, untapped potential, and then  link to action
  • Evaluating holistically — focusing on many dimensions of wellness
A counselor, on the other hand, focuses their conversation on ways to:
  • Recover from past traumas and cope with distress
  • Explore past relationships to improve self-concept and self-esteem
  • Work through underlying psychological issues that affect ability to function
  • Guiding people towards flexibility and responsiveness
  • Emotional integration and regulation
  • Awareness of past in order to promote insight and healing
What we have in common:
  • Individualized and client-centered
  • Scientifically driven, evidence-based
  • Defined goals

Remember, you are not limited to one therapy or the other. You may utilize both services to address the same problem as the different frameworks and methodologies of each profession can complement each other.

5) We also run a variety of workshops and events.
Get the latest updates by following us @CaltechWellness on Facebook and Twitter!

6) Can't make it in person? Check our resources page - it's home to many of our resources including Self-Help and Community Resources, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Time Management Resources, Depression and Suicide, and more.

Are you a parent? Click here.

Questions about insurance? Click here.

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