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 2018. Students accepting their place must submit an Acknowledgement of Acceptance and Confirmation form and a $200 non-refundable matriculation/seat deposit. Additional specific requirements needed prior to matriculation are listed below.    . 

Please complete all items on the checklist below before coming to campus and beginning your journey. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


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.



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 series or titer. If you obtain the titer, a booster or additional series may be required if immunity is not achieved.
  • Tdap needs to have been obtained in the past 10 years.
  • MMR (2 doses)
  • TB skin test or negative chest radiograph (must be done annually)
  • Varicella Zoster 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:

The UIWSOM will hold registration of any student who does not provide proof of required immunizations by August 1, 2017.


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 include How to Place an Order, How to Submit Documents, and myCB App Guide. When placing an order, select package for 'Master in Biomedical Science.'

The deadline to complete this required task for the UIWMBS class of 2018 is August 1, 2017.

Log on:


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 more information about the 1) UIW Student Health Insurance Coverage, 2) Waiver Form or 3) Needle Stick Coverage Policy, go to Health Insurance website.

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

The deadline to complete this required task and submit updated medical insurance documents for the class of 2018 is August 1, 2017.


**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 to avoid the extra charges.


MBS Matriculation Checklist

Submit the UIWMBS Acknowledgment and Confirmation Form 
Click here to submit Acknowledgment and Confirmation Form if you have not already done so.

Pay the $200 Non-Refundable Matriculation Deposit
Click here to pay your $200 deposit if you have not already done so.

Purchase required scrubs from Sunshine Medical Uniforms

July 28, 2017

Background Check
Complete through Castle Branch 

Log on:

 August 1, 2017
Drug Screening
Complete through Castle Branch

Log on:

 August 1, 2017
Immunization and Physical Examination Record
Upload immunization documentation to Castle Branch
Log on:
 August 1, 2017
Health Insurance

All students will be automatically enrolled in the UIW Student Health Insurance Plan. Students may opt out by submitting an insurance waiver form and proof of personal health insurance by August 1st.

For students enrolling in the UIW Student Health Insurance program, please note that information will be available soon and e-mailed directly to students.

Determine Health Insurance Coverage:

  • UIW Student Health Insurance plan
  • Personal Health Insurance plan
    Action needed: Complete UIW Student Health Insurance waiver form, then upload a front and back photo of your personal health insurance card to Castle Branch at
 August 1, 2017
CITI Training
Complete all CITI Training by logging onto
Instructions for CITI are in the MBS Matriculation Packet
 August 1, 2017
Purchase a computer from UIW Instructional Technology or verify pre-owned specs
August 8, 2017

Attend the mandatory 3-day UIWMBS orientation program

August 15 - 17, 2017

Miscellaneous Checklist

Complete the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or determine payment arrangements Secure housing