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.


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:

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:

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

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
They can be purchased from any supplier. The tops and bottoms must be the same color. 
*If you are in the San Antonio area we recommend Sunshine Medical Uniforms – Downtown. Please let them know you are a UIWSOM MBS student.  
*Embroidery optional* 
August 1, 2018
Test Prep Selection
Complete the Test Prep Selection Survey to officially record if you would like to enroll in Kaplan prep services.
August 1, 2018 Official Transcripts
If not already completed, submit official transcripts from all prior colleges
and/or universities. An official transcript including the bachelor's degree conferred
date is required. Official transcripts can be mailed to the UIW Graduate Admissions Office
or sent electronically to
August 1, 2018 Prerequisite Coursework
Official transcripts indicating success prerequisite course completion are required
by August 1, 2018. If this deadline cannot be reached, contact the Office of Admissions immediately.

August 1, 2018
MBS 2019 Matriculation Survey 
Please complete the MBS 2019 Matriculation Survey
 August 1, 2018
Self-Directed Learning Assessment (SDLA) 
Please complete the Self-Directed Learning Assessment 
*Please use your UIW ID number and your Welcome Email from the UIWSOM Admissions Office will contain the SDLA password.  
August 1, 2018 
Please complete the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) 
*Your Welcome Email from the UIWSOM Admissions Office will contain the LASSI School Number, User Name, and User Password.  
*Please make sure to include your full legal name, and UIW ID number.  
*After completing all the items and successfully submitting the results, a two-page report will be displayed listing your scores for each scale, together with your name, institution, date of administration, and an explanation of your results.  You may print a copy of the results for your records. 
After your assessment feel free to work through the modules, focusing on opportunities to strengthen your performance: 
August 1, 2018 Background Check 
Complete through Castle Branch  
Log on: 
August 1, 2018 Drug Screening 
Complete through Castle Branch 
Log on: 
August 1, 2018 Immunization and Physical Examination Form  
Upload immunization documentation to Castle Branch 
Log on: 
November 1, 2018
Health Insurance Coverage: 
Upload a photo of the front and back of your personal  

health insurance card to Castle Branch at
If you have personal insurance, please remember to Waive the university sponsored insurance. The deadline to waive is 9/15/2018. 

August 1, 2018
CITI Training 
Complete allMBS Course CITI Training by logging onto 
Click HERE for step by step registration instructions 
August 8, 2018 Technology 
Purchase a computer from UIW Instructional Technology or verify pre-owned specs  
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)

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

Secure housing


For questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions at