New student health requirements
Visit the Patient Portal to submit your health requirements. Choose "Binghamton University" and log in with your PODS information.
Step 1: Click on “Forms” and complete and upload the following:
- Meningococcal Vaccination Response Form
- Medical/Health History/Tuberculosis Form
- Under 18 Consent Form (if you are younger than 18 years)
Step 2: Send in proof you are immune to measles, mumps and rubella by doing one of the following:
Have your medical provider sign a copy of your immunization record and send it to us
Have your medical provider complete a copy of the “Certificate of Immunization,” which you can print from the Forms page of the health portal, and send it to us.
Send us copies of blood tests (“titers”) which prove you are immune to measles, mumps, and rubella
Note: this will require the help of your medical provider or school nurse, so start early. Make sure your name and date of birth is on every page that is sent to us.
This information can be uploaded in the Patient Portal. Alternatively, students may mail or fax their health requirement forms to the Decker Student Health Services Center.
ATTN: Health Services
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, N.Y. 13902-6000
Students will receive an email 5–7 business days after submitting forms letting them know that they have successfully completed the process or providing additional steps if necessary.
Failure to meet these requirements will place holds that block you from registering for courses. Students may receive notices through the patient portal indicating that data is missing or “no data” is present even after submitting immunization records if the record is incomplete or has not been fully processed by the medical staff. Students with questions about immunization compliance can call 607-777-2221 and speak with one of our staff for further clarification.
Information about health requirements
Steps to take
Things you need to do before you can register
For an overview of the Binghamton Patient Portal view the video below. It goes over uploading forms and completing the Medical Health History form along with a tour of the portal.
- Log onto the Patient Portal. You'll need your Binghamton University PODS username and password. On your homepage, in the Education section, is a link to "Immunization requirements." Click the link to open a document with detailed instructions on how to complete and submit the online Medical History form and the Immunization Worksheet.
- If you are under 18 years old, have your parent or guardian fill out the Under 18 Consent for Emergency/Medical Treatment form and submit it with the required immunization records from the previous step.
- Mandatory tuberculosis screening questions are included in the Medical/Health History/Tuberculosis questionnaire, which is completed and submitted online at the Patient Portal. Additional information about tuberculosis screening and PPD skin tests is available on the immunization requirements webpage.
You must complete and submit both the online Medical/Health History/Tuberculosis questionnaire and the Certificate of Immunization Worksheet with immunization records before you will be eligible to register for classes.
Things you should do before you arrive
- Bring a thermometer.
- Make sure you know about your health history.
- Carry a list of any medication you take and any allergies you have.
- Bring your health insurance card or a copy of it.
- Program the telephone numbers for the Decker Student Health Services Center (DSHSC) (607-777-2221) and Harpur’s Ferry ambulance service (607-777-3333) into your phone.
- While not mandatory, we recommend that you visit with your home healthcare provider before coming to campus. You are encouraged to send any important health information to the DSHSC for inclusion in your student medical file.
- If you take prescription medication on an ongoing basis, be sure to bring enough with you, or have your doctor call your prescription into a local pharmacy.
- If you require allergy shots, the DSHSC can give you a list of local providers, as we do not offer this service on campus.
Things you need to do before the sixth week of classes
Undergraduate students only: If you don’t need the University’s Student Accident and Sickness Plan, you must submit an online waiver through BU Brain to the Student Accounts Office by the sixth week of classes. Instructions on how to submit a waiver can be found at the Student Accounts website. Information about health insurance plan benefits is available. If you don’t submit the waiver on time, you’ll be responsible for paying for the insurance. If you waive the University insurance plan, we’ll assume you don’t need coverage in subsequent semesters unless you inform us that you do.
University Student Health Insurance Plan
Learn more about the University Student Health Insurance Plan.