Matriculation Requirements

Applicants who receive letters of acceptance to the Master Biomedical Sciences (MBS) Program will have two weeks to either accept or decline their place in the MBS Class of 2019. Students accepting their place must submit an Acknowledgment of Acceptance and Confirmation form and a $200 non-refundable matriculation/seat deposit

Castle Branch

Castle Branch is a national background screening and compliance management tracking system that will be utilized by UIWSOM for maintenance of all required documentation for all our UIWSOM MBS students. The package includes a Criminal Background Check, Drug Testing, and Document Tracking of all required immunizations and forms. The UIWSOM MBS Package is UK72. 

Students are advised to view the Student Tutorial before beginning the process to Castle Branch at myCB Student Tutorial.

Immunizations

According to the Department of State Health Services, the Texas Administrative Code Chapter 97.64, the following immunizations are required for health professionals:

Following acceptance to the program, all students are responsible for providing official proof of up to date immunizations to include the following and any other childhood immunizations and/or titers:

  • Meningitis Vaccination - All students under the age of 22 are required to have a record of the Meningitis vaccination on file
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tdap or Td booster recorded in the past 10 years.
  • MMR (2 doses)
  • TB skin test or negative chest radiograph (must be done annually)
  • Varicella Zoster vaccination, titer or history of (chicken pox) disease; booster will be required if immunity is not achieved; official documentation must be provided in any case.
  • Flu vaccine (annually)

*All records must be submitted and uploaded using the Castle Branch Portal at:

https://portal.castlebranch.com/UK72

The UIWSOM will hold registration of any student who does not provide proof of required immunizations by August 1, 2018.

Background Checks and Drug Screen

The UIWSOM Master of Biomedical Sciences requires a criminal background check and drug screen for all entering students.  The background check and drug screening are performed by Castle Branch*. The background check includes criminal history and previous address information. 

The Castle Branch system will conduct the required criminal background check, drug testing and management of all immunization documents. The package price is $105 and is not included in tuition and fees. Please log on to begin the process.

Students are advised to view the Student Tutorial before beginning the process to Castle Branch at myCB Student Tutorial. Help guides and Student FAQs can be found on their websiteWhen placing an order, select package for 'Master in Biomedical Science.'

The deadline to complete this required task for the UIWSOM MBS class of 2019 is August 1, 2018.

Log on: https://portal.castlebranch.com/UK72

Proof of Medical Insurance

All full-time students are required to have medical health insurance coverage either through the UIW or through another individual or family plan. Students are required to demonstrate proof of coverage with major medical insurance at levels required by the University.  A student may choose their own personal insurance plan as long as it is comparable in coverage to that offered by the University.

For a summary of the Consolidated Health Plan, go to:  UIW Student Health Insurance Coverage

To decline the Student Health Insurance, go to: Waivers. The form will be available beginning June 1, 2018.

For more information on Health insurance and services, go to: Health Services website.

If you have questions regarding the UIW Student Health Insurance coverage (Consolidated Health Plan), call Mike Montour 1-800-328-2739.

**All full-time MBS students will be automatically billed for the UIW Student Health Insurance once you are registered and the tuition/fee bill is generated. If you have personal health insurance, please submit the waiver form no later than September 7, 2018 to avoid the extra charges.

 

MBS Matriculation Checklist

Deadline
Requirement
ASAP Submit the UIWMBS Acknowledgment and Confirmation Form  
Click here to submit Acknowledgment and Confirmation Form if you have not already done so. 
ASAP Pay the $200 Non-Refundable Matriculation Deposit 
Click here to pay your $200 deposit if you have not already done so. 
July 28, 2018 Scrubs 
They can be purchased from any supplier. The tops and bottoms must be the same color. 
August 1, 2018 Background Check 
Complete through Castle Branch  
Log on: https://portal.castlebranch.com/UK72 
August 1, 2018 Drug Screening 
Complete through Castle Branch 
Log on: https://portal.castlebranch.com/UK72 
August 1, 2018 Immunization and Physical Examination Form  
Upload immunization documentation to Castle Branch 
Log on: https://portal.castlebranch.com/UK72 
November 1, 2018 Health Insurance Coverage: 
Upload a photo of the front and back of your personal  

health insurance card to Castle Branch at https://portal.castlebranch.com/UK72
August 1, 2018 CITI Training 
Complete allMBS Course CITI Training by logging onto www.citiprogram.org 
Instructions for CITI are in the MBS Matriculation Packet 
August 8, 2018 Technology 
Purchase a computer from UIW Instructional Technology or verify pre-owned specs http://www.uiw.edu/ird/students/index.html  
August 15-17, 2018 Orientation 
Attend the mandatory 3-day UIWMBS orientation program 

 

Miscellaneous Tasks

Determine payment arrangement and/or complete the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Secure housing
Join the UIWSOM MBS Class of 2019 Facebook group
Familiarize yourself with MyWord and BannerWeb (credentials are being sent on a rolling basis)

 

For questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions at mbsprogram@uiwtx.edu