Wheaton College is a community in which health and wellness are important considerations. Accordingly, there are entrance health requirements which must be met so that we may all live together in a healthy community.
The following are the complete requirements for traditional students. Modular and intensive study students will be provided the exact health requirements for their program via email and/or post.
Prior to enrollment (and by the deadlines set by Student Health Services), all Wheaton College students, whether residing on or off campus, are required to:
- Submit a completed Entrance Medical Form, completed in full and signed by the student if they are not a minor.
- A physical examination (not a sports physical) prior to admission to the college. The physical exam is to be completed by a physician (M.D., D.O.), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant and must be completed no greater than 12 months before the 1st day of classes.
- Current immunizations are required to meet the standards of Illinois state law, evidence based medical practice, and College requirements.
- Tuberculosis Screening: Completed Tuberculosis Questionnaire. A tuberculosis skin test or a negative Quantiferon TB Gold blood test may be required upon review of the tuberculosis screening questionnaire. Chest x-ray is not advisable.
If this information is not submitted to Student Health Services before the deadline, Wheaton College will place a hold on the student's registration and assess a non-refundable $100 late fee. The student will be unable to enroll in classes until the requirements are completed.
If a student is unable to complete these requirements by the stated deadline, they must send their request in writing for an extension via the student's Wheaton College e-mail to email@example.com prior to the extension deadline (see entrance letter sent to the student's email). Their request will be reviewed.
Entrance Medical Form
The Entrance Medical Form assists the SHS medical staff in knowing health conditions that the student has had or is currently dealing with, so that preventive accommodations or proactive health care may be given. Parents of minors must sign the bottom of the page and fill out the guardian information. (See FAQs for Minors for more information regarding minors). Please see forms page to know which forms the student needs to fill out.
A medical examination is a complete physical with a vision testing and any blood tests your physician may require. This requirement must be completed within a year before entrance. This form needs to be completely filled out with the signature and address of the examining clinician (M.D., D.O., N.P., or P.A.). An athletic sport physical is not sufficient for this requirement. The clinician must indicate level of physical activity allowed for the physical to be complete.
Proof Of Immunity
Wheaton College, in practicing best medical practices and in compliance with Illinois and Wisconsin state law, requires that students demonstrate proof of immunity with respect to measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, meningitis. In addition, the College requires that students fill out a Tuberculosis Screening and possibly to undergo a tuberculosis skin test or a Quantiferon Gold blood test to screen for Tuberculosis. The health record must be signed by a health care professional and stamped with their official stamp.
Proof of immunity is evidenced by either appropriate documentation of immunization, physician-diagnosed disease leading to immunity or serologic testing (blood tests). Information regarding the specific vaccinations and other documentation required to establish proof of immunity is available from Student Health Services.
The following must be official documentation:
- Two childhood doses of DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) or any combination of these single antigens with an additional booster within the last 10 years is required. Please refer to the website for the Immunization Action Coalition or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for information on childhood vaccines. Serology is not accepted.
- Students must provide documentation of two live Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccines after their first birthday. Receipt or combination of single antigens will need to be discussed with a medical professional at Student Health Services. The student may show proof of an immune serology test.
- Meningitis: a completion of a Quadrivalent Meningitis Vaccine after age 16. This is required for all students < 22 years.
- Meningitis is a rare, but disabling and potentially fatal bacterial disease. It attacks the meninges and causes swelling that will affect brain and spinal cord function. It is spread through the air via respiratory secretions or close contact with an infected person. Symptoms resemble the flu and can include sudden high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, rash, nausea, vomiting, lethargy, and confusion. The Meningitis Serotype B vaccine is strongly recommended.
All students are screened for tuberculosis (TB). If you have tested positive for TB in the past, do not take the skin test (PPD) again. Please call or email SHS for more information. If you received the BCG vaccine as a child, you must complete the TB screening by either the TB skin test or a blood test (either the Quantiferon TB Gold test or the T-Spot test). A copy of the lab report is required if you use one of the blood tests. The TB skin test must have: date planted, date read, induration in millimeters, and interpretation negative positive. The Quantiferon TB gold test is also offered at Student Health Services. Chest x-ray reports are not acceptable.
In addition to the required immunizations, Wheaton College, the American College Health Association (ACHA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommend vaccines against the following:
Hepatitis B is a contagious virus that is spread through bodily fluids, attacks the liver, and leads to lifelong infection. There is no cure for Hepatitis B, but the infection can be prevented by vaccination. This vaccine is a series of three injections.
Varicella (Chicken Pox)
A two-shot vaccination series is recommended for students who have not previously had the chicken pox disease or the 2 shot vaccination series.
Wheaton College does not favor immunization exemptions. By Illinois State law, a student may be exempt from immunizations for one of only two reasons: medical or religious. Medical exemptions (TB skin test is not a vaccine and cannot be exempted) must be explained and signed by a physician (MD, DO, PA, NP). A medical exemption is for the following:
- Medical Risk to the Student. The College may exempt a student from one or more of the required immunizations based on a written statement by a physician (MD, DO, PA or NP) that describes the nature and probable duration of a medical condition or circumstance that contraindicates such immunizations(s) and that identifies the specific immunization(s) that could be detrimental to the student’s health.
- Medical Risk to an Unborn Fetus. Female students may be granted temporary exemption from immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella if pregnancy or suspected pregnancy is certified by a physician’s written statement.
- Immunizations Scheduled, but Not Yet Completed. If a student is on an approved schedule to receive all necessary doses of the required vaccines, the student may be granted temporary medical exemption for the duration of the approved schedule.
Religious exemptions must include a signed statement from the student stating the exact religious reasons for the requested exemption. If the student is a minor, the student must complete the statement with their signature and the signature of parent or guardian. If the student is ≥ 18 years old, they must complete the document. Please note: further documentation and a review process will be necessary if the exemption option is selected.
The Wheaton College Student Health Services immunization exemption form will be provided only by request via phone at 630-752-5072 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Director of Student Health Services reviews all exemptions and will follow up with the student or physician after review. The exemption form is part of the required entrance medical requirements and must be completed before the given written deadline.
All entrance communication between the student and SHS will occur via the student’s my.wheaton.edu email. SHS may CC a parent, but for tracking purposes will always communicate directly with the student.