OT/PT Class of 2022 New Student Page

General Information (deadlines follow below)

Join our Facebook Group!

Get to know your fellow admitted OT & PT classmates! Find roommates! You should have received our invitation to join this private group using your email from PTCAS/OTCAS. If you did not receive an invite, check your spam folder and then email mdchsadmit@marybaldwin.edu to let us know (note: if the email for your Facebook is different than the one used for PTCAS/OTCAS, we will need the email associated with your Facebook account).

Email Accounts

Within two weeks of depositing, you should have (or will) receive a letter from Mary Baldwin University Office of Information Technology with your Personal Identification Number (PIN) and username. If you have not received a letter with your email account information, please email mdchsadmit@marybaldwin.edu for assistance.

Laptop required

All students must supply a laptop computer for their use in classes. Computer-based learning materials and exams will be used as part of the curriculum. See link to MDCHS Laptop Requirements. Although Mary Baldwin does not sell computers, most manufacturers offer discounts to students. Let them know you are a Mary Baldwin University student. Your laptop is required at orientation with all required programs loaded and functional.

File your FAFSA

Complete your FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA School Code for Mary Baldwin is 003723. If you have any questions about the process, contact Priscila Cavalcante, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, at 540-887-7152 or 1-800-468-2262, or email finaid@marybaldwin.edu. OT and PT students seeking financial aid will need to complete TWO FAFSA applications (one to cover first summer semester, and one to cover following year). See FA Info 18-19 MDCHS Brochure for timing, deadlines, and school code.

Car

Public transportation is limited. You need reliable transportation for daily commute as well as for clinical assignments and community practicums.

Housing

We recommend that students find housing locally – the closest communities are Fishersville, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Stuarts Draft. We have provided some information to get you started on the search for your new home. See Housing Links for more information.

Books

Mary Baldwin University’s online bookstore offers students the ability to order books in all formats available for that text (new, used, rent, e-book) at competitive prices. Books can be ordered at the Mary Baldwin Online Bookstore or any bookseller once the booklist is available. Our professors will note, when possible, when books may be rented, or, if they need to be purchased (and likely use them for another class). Professors will also offer free e-book options when available.

PT Summer 2019 Book List

OT Summer 2019 Book List

 

Employment

Due to the rigor of the graduate programs, students are strongly advised against employment while enrolled in the program. No time will be granted for students to seek or maintain employment.

Fitness Center Student Memberships

Augusta Health Lifetime Fitness is offering MDCHS students the opportunity to meet their fitness needs while in our programs with a very special rate offered exclusively to MDCHS students.
MDCHS student rate: $21/month* for Total Fitness Membership. Enrollment fee will be waived. Family members can enroll at the regular membership rates. For more information about the facility and benefits of membership, visit their website at augustahealth.com/lifetime-fitness. In order to enroll, you need to stop by the membership office to complete an application form and receive a membership card. You  need a credit card or debit card to authorize direct payments.

*Note: There is a yearly contract required, but, they will offer flexibility to end before the term if clinical assignments take you outside the area.

Health Insurance

All PT/OT students are required to have health insurance coverage by start of the program.

Mary Baldwin University offers a student health insurance option through RCM&D with a Hard Waiver Process. Students are not required to enroll in our student health insurance plan. Students are encouraged to compare the MBU plan against other options, such as being a dependent on a parent’s health insurance plan, or having individual coverage through an ACA/Health Exchange plan. A brief overview will be posted here when available.

The Student Health Insurance premium will be added to all eligible students’ University accounts. Students who already have coverage through a private insurance plan must contact RCM&D directly through their website. Once the waiver is verified and approved, your student account will be credited.  Students who do not waive (decline) the insurance will be automatically enrolled in the school-sponsored plan through RCM&D.

TO WAIVE:  CLICK HERE
TO ENROLL: CHECK HERE FOR LINK WITH INFORMATION AND RATES IN APRIL

Any questions, please contact Tim Cummons at tcummons@rcmd.com, 410-583-5452, or 1-800-346-4075 ext. 1452.

Students are responsible for all health care costs while enrolled in programs at MDCHS.

Immunizations/Health Records

COMPLETING HEALTH RECORDS CAN TAKE SOME TIME TO COMPLETE. PLEASE PLAN AHEAD.

Newly enrolled students MUST undergo a two-step Turberculin skin test (TST) OR have 1 Inteferon Gamma Release Assay Test (IGRA) blood test for individuals who have had the BCG vaccine. A 2-step TST will require 4 visits and must be performed in the US. Plan for annual tuberculosis testing thereafter per program requirements. More info: cdc.gov/tb/topic/testing/healthcareworkers.htm

Two-Step TST must be done at least 7 days apart but no more than 30 days between first and second TST placement or series must be repeated.

Immunization and TB Testing must be documented on MBU forms only. Health forms are available here.

May graduates

Final official transcripts must be received by Murphy Deming by May 31. Final transcripts must have degree conferral date documented.

Getting Ready for Anatomy

Students have asked for tips on preparing for the rigorous anatomy course in the first semester. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Students may purchase their text and begin to review at any time:
  • Students can review the first chapter in the textbook.  This chapter includes material that is covered in most undergraduate anatomy courses.
  • The first exam will cover the back and neck.
  • You may also purchase any of the following anatomy atlases:
    • Atlas of Anatomy, Gilroy et al.; Thieme; 3rd edition, 2016; Print ISBN 9781626232525; E-Book ISBN 9781626232532
    • Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy, Agur et al.; LWW; 14th edition, 2016; ISBN 9781469890685
    • Atlas of Human Anatomy, Netter; Elsevier; 7th Edition, 2019; ISBN 9780323393225
  • You may also purchase access to the Essential Anatomy app (https://3d4medical.com/apps/essential-anatomy-5).
  • Hancock also provides recordings of her undergraduate lectures to help with review. Use this link.
  • You will receive an email from Dr. Hancock in April to give you access to all of the course materials for the first anatomy exam.

Items to Pack

  • Long pants and closed toe shoes for Anatomy lab. Sports bra or halter top, gym shorts, t-shirts, and sports shoes for some lab classes.
  • A few business casual/business professional options for special events/presentations/speakers.
  • A watch with a second hand.
  • A lock for your locker.

Due February 15, 2019

Start Your FAFSA Filing

  • Complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA for Summer aid. If you have already filed a 2018-19 FAFSA as an undergraduate student, please update questions 29 and 30 to “graduate degree”, add the Mary Baldwin FAFSA code of 003723, and remove your undergraduate school code. More information here.
  • Complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA for Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 aid. Your 2019-2020 Fall, Spring, Summer financial aid package will be sent shortly after your FAFSA has been received.
  • Questions? Contact Priscila Cavalcante in Financial Aid at pcavalcante@marybaldwin.edu or 540.887.7152.

Due March 1, 2019

Review all completion dates and plan accordingly: schedule your doctors appointment, print out and review health forms, schedule BLS certification training if necessary.

Due March 29, 2019

Picture/Bio

Please email us your picture (jpg, simple head and shoulder shot “like a passport photo.” This does not need to be taken professionally, but no selfies please) and give us some quick information about yourself (use this link). We will use this information to create a Class of 2022 booklet for your faculty and your official MDCHS badge. Email picture to mdchsadmit@marybaldwin.edu.

Photo Guidelines

  1. Make sure the photo isn’t grainy.
  2. Face the camera directly, not at an angle, and don’t tilt your head.
  3. Make sure no part of your face or head is cropped out.
  4. Don’t wear a hat or graduation cap in the photo.
  5. Keep the background neutral, not busy or brightly colored.
  6. Smile!

Due April 5, 2019

Background Check

A Criminal Background Check is required to enter into clinical rotations, and must be completed before classes begin. Please select the “basic” package without drug test. The fee for the CBC is $36, which the student pays to the service directly (due to certain county policies, additional charges may be required to complete the background check). We require that you use CastleBranch.

Please use the provided link to order: CastleBranch.

Package Code: MU13bg

Students can access their results on CastleBranch at any time. If your background check has been flagged, your results will be reviewed by an internal committee, and we will contact you with the results and/or next steps.

Due April 12, 2019

AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers Certification

Certification must be from American Heart Association, which is required by hospitals. Certifications from Red Cross or other providers DO NOT meet this requirement.

If you need to register or renew before you arrive, we require “BLS for the Healthcare Provider.” More information about BLS training.

We recommend a complete in-person course. If you take an online courses, it will only provide a certificate for Part 1. The skills portion must be taken in person to complete the certification. When scheduling, note that the skills portion must be taken within 60 days of taking the online portion.

Certification is for two years – students should expect to update their certification while in the program to remain current.

Please email a copy of your BLS card to Cindy Bono at cbono@marybaldwin.edu.

Due April 19, 2019

Insurance Hard Waiver Due

All students are required to have health insurance coverage by start of the program to be ready for clinical fieldwork.

Mary Baldwin University offers a student health insurance option through RCM&D with a Hard Waiver Process. Students are not required to enroll in our student health insurance plan. Students are encouraged to compare the MBU plan against other options, such as being a dependent on a parent’s health insurance plan, or having individual coverage through an ACA/Health Exchange plan. A brief overview will be available soon.

The Student Health Insurance premium will be added to all eligible student’s University accounts. Students who already have coverage through a private insurance plan must contact RCM&D directly through their website. Once the waiver is verified and approved, your student account will be credited. Students who do not waive (decline) the insurance will be automatically enrolled in the school-sponsored plan through RCM&D.

TO WAIVE:  CLICK HERE
TO ENROLL: CHECK HERE FOR LINK WITH INFORMATION AND RATES IN APRIL

Any questions, please contact Tim Cummons at tcummons@rcmd.com, 410-583-5452, or 1-800-346-4075 ext. 1452.

Students are responsible for all health care costs while enrolled in programs at MDCHS.

Due April 26, 2019

Immunizations/Health Records

Health records can take some time to complete. Please plan on meeting with your health care provider before the deadline to ensure that your paperwork is completed by this date.

Newly enrolled students MUST undergo a two-step Turberculin skin test (TST) OR have 1 Inteferon Gamma Release Assay Test (IGRA) blood test for individuals who have had the BCG vaccine. A 2-step TST will require 4 visits and must be performed in the US. Plan for annual tuberculosis testing thereafter per program requirements. More info: www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/testing/healthcareworkers.htm

A reminder that the TB Skin Test is a two-step process and can take 4 weeks between initial dose, waiting, reading results, and repeating.  Two-Step TST must be done at least 7 days apart but no more than 30 days between first and second TST placement or series must be repeated.

Immunization and TB Testing must be documented on MBU forms only to ensure we have all of the information needed for clinical sites. Please remember to sign the release form.  MBU/MDCHS Health Records Forms

If you cannot meet the immunization deadline, please notify the Health Center of your plans to complete before classes: contact Donna Duff at dduff@marybaldwin.edu or 540-887-7095.

Proof of insurance is also required as part of the health records. This is separate from the information that you provide for the Hard Waiver for student health insurance. You will need to obtain insurance through individual, parent, spouse, ACA or school insurance. Students are responsible for all health care costs while enrolled in programs at MDCHS.

All required immunizations must be complete before the start of classes. 

Due May 1, 2019

Tuition

Invoices for tuition will be mailed the first week of May. For students who will be funding their tuition through student loans, as long as the paperwork is in place, you may or may not have additional payments due at this time. Invoices are also available on “MyMBU.” To access, go to mymbu.marybaldwin.edu/ICS/. Log in using your User Name & Password provided with your email log-in information.

Due May 15, 2019

Class Schedules

Students can access their class schedules May 15. To get your schedule, go mymbu.marybaldwin.edu/ICS/. Log in using your User Name & Password provided with your email log-in information. Note that this schedule will be supplemented with an emailed schedule that provides additional times you need to hold, including exam blocks. This portal will also allow you to access your grades while in the program (you will receive more information about this resource at Orientation). Remember to change the term to “2018-19 Summer” to find your summer schedule.

SUMMER 2019 CLASS SCHEDULE 

Access to Blackboard

Students will not need to access Blackboard before arrival, unless directed to do so by their instructor.

Accessibility Coordinator

For students with documented learning disabilities, we strongly urge you to contact: Dr. Jenny Joczik, Director, Academic Resource Center, Center for Student Success, Mary Baldwin University, vjoczik@marybaldwin.edu  540-887-7250 to schedule a meeting BEFORE classes start. Dr. Joczik can work with you and your professors to request reasonable accommodations if needed. It is strongly recommended that requests for accommodations be in place before the start of classes (whether or not you intend on using them), although students can contact Dr. Joczik at any time.

Due May 31, 2019

Complete your documentation

If you were accepted conditionally due to missing or incomplete documents, such as official transcripts, test scores, proof of course completion, or proof of completion of baccalaureate degree, please have these sent to the Office of Admissions by May 31. Incomplete documentation will result in a hold on your account. Address to send materials: Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences/Mary Baldwin University, Office of Admissions, 100 Baldwin Boulevard, Fishersville, VA 22939.

June 1, 2019

Plan to move-in by Saturday, June 1. Please make sure you allow time to settle in (trips to the DMV, bank, etc.) BEFORE Orientation/first week of classes, as these days will be full!

New laptop? Students with new laptops should make sure to unwrap and ensure everything is in working order (test your internet connection and make sure you have set up your marybaldwin.edu account) to effectively participate in Orientation activities.

June 2, 2019

New Student Event: New students, friends, and family are invited to a welcome on Sunday, June 2. Invitations with additional information will be emailed in late spring.

June 3, 2019

Mandatory Orientation

Please bring:

  • Your laptop (no tablets) and Mary Baldwin log in information (PIN).  If you are bringing a new laptop, remember to open the laptop, test wifi, and set up your email account prior to Orientation.
  • Your car make/model and license plate #. You’ll need that information to receive your parking sticker.
  • Any enrollment confirmation forms/deferment forms you need completed by the Registrar.
  • Any outstanding items (copies of CPR cards, outstanding immunization information, etc)
  • Completed vehicle registration form and emergency contact form (these forms will be emailed to you prior to this date)
  • Dress is business casual.

Parking Permit/Student ID

We will have representatives from our Security Office during Orientation available to process your student ID and register your vehicle. Your parking fee is covered under your MDCHS tuition.

Student Services

We will have representatives from our Financial Aid Office, Business Office, Health Center, Accessibility Services, and MDCHS Student Services during Orientation. Students expecting refund checks from their student loans for living expenses can expect to receive their checks at this time.