OT/PT Class of 2023 New Student Page

Welcome to the OT & PT Class of 2023 New Student Page!

As you know, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily and keeping you informed with updates as we receive them.  We anticipate Governor Northam’s stay-at-home order to be lifted on June 10.  Therefore, we plan to move forward with classes beginning online June 8-12 and resuming in-person on June 15.  We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments, if necessary.  In those instances, we will be in touch quickly to allow you to adequately plan. (per Deborah Sproles 4/6/2020)
As you read through this information, please note that deadlines are flexible – particularly for the completion of health forms and BLS certification, due to COVID-19.  We will be in touch with further information in the weeks ahead (updated 3/20/2020).

Below is the contact information for different departments at MBU:

Student Accounts
Contact: Linda Fretwell
Email (primary contact method): lfretwell@marybaldwin.edu

 Financial Aid
Email (primary contact method): finaid@marybaldwin.edu
Phone: 540-887-7025
*If you need to speak with someone via phone, it is best to send an email with your preferred phone number and they will reach out to you. 

OIT
Phone (primary contact method): 540-887-7075
Helpdesk is open between 8:30 and 4:30 (Monday-Friday).
*If you have access to your student account you can create a help ticket or email support@marybaldwin.edu to generate a helpticket.
Website: https://marybaldwin.edu/oit/ 

Health Center
Contact: Crysta Bliss
Email (primary contact method): cbliss@marybaldwin.edu
Phone: 540-887-7095
Fax: 540-887-7227
*Health Forms can be sent in separately as they are completed. You do not have to wait until you have all forms completed to send them in.

(Updated 4/1/2020)


Below you will find information and due dates to help you prepare to join us in June. We will continue to update and add information to this page, so check it often!

General Information

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 or email mdchsadmit@marybaldwin.edu with the email associated with your Facebook account.

Laptop required

All students must supply a laptop computer for their use in classes. 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 540-887-7022, 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 19-20 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 books may be rented, or, if they need to be purchased (for reference/another other class). Professors offer free e-book options when available.

PT Summer 2020 Book List: Click here

OT Summer 2020 Book List: Click here

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 an exclusive rate to MDCHS students.

MDCHS student rate: $21/month* for Total Fitness Membership.
Enrollment fee: 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, 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: A yearly contract required. If clinical assignments take you outside the area, flexibility is offered to end contract early.

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 a parent’s health insurance plan, or individual coverage through an ACA/Health Exchange plan.

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*
*You will need your student ID – login to MyMBU and look under My profile and settings

The cost for 12 months (June to May) is $3285 for a comprehensive plan that can be included in your financial aid. 
Contact:  Paige Fritze, murphy.deming@rcmd.com, 1-800-346-4075 x1607
You have until June to decide about enrolling or waiving.  Your bill can be adjusted at any time.

Any questions, please contact Paige Fritze, murphy.deming@rcmd.com, 1-800-346-4075 x1607.

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

The retest must be completed 1-3 weeks after first TST result is read.

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 June 1.
Final transcripts must have degree conferral date documented. If your transcript does not provide a final degree conferral date, you will be asked to provide another transcript with date. Speak with your school’s registrar to insure that they have conferred your degree.

After submitting your transcript request, forward your confirmation to Victoria Landis at vrlandis@marybaldwin.edu. It makes it easier for us to find electronically sent transcripts in our systems and to look for those mailed by USPS.

Send transcript to:

Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, 100 Baldwin Blvd, Fishersville VA 22939

Attention: Victoria Landis.

Email: mdchsadmit@marybaldwin.edu.

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:

  • Required text:
  • 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.
  • Atlas Required (one of the following):
  • You may also purchase access to the Essential Anatomy app (https://3d4medical.com/apps/essential-anatomy-5).
  • Dr. 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, 2020

Start Your FAFSA Filing

  • Complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA for Summer aid. If you have already filed a 2019-2020 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 2020-2021 FAFSA for Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 aid. Your 2020-2021 Fall, Spring, Summer financial aid package will be sent shortly after your FAFSA has been received.
  • Questions? Contact Priscila Cavalcante in Financial Aid at finaid@marybaldwin.edu or 540.887.7022.

Due March 2, 2020

Review all completion dates and plan accordingly. Schedule doctor appointments, print out and review health forms, and schedule BLS certification training, if necessary.

Due March 30, 2020

Picture/Bio

Please give us some quick information about yourself (use this link). We will use this information to create a Class of 2023 booklet for your faculty!

Please email a simple head and shoulder shot, like a passport photo.  This does not need to be taken professionally; however, no selfies. Email picture to mdchsadmit@marybaldwin.edu.

Photo Guidelines

  • Send jpeg.
  • Make sure the photo isn’t grainy.
  • Face the camera directly, not at an angle, and don’t tilt your head.
  • Make sure no part of your face or head is cropped out.
  • Don’t wear a hat or graduation cap in the photo.
  • Keep the background neutral, not busy or brightly colored.
  • No selfies.

Due April 6, 2020

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 is $36. 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 link provided 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. We will contact you with the results and/or next steps.

Due April 13, 2020*

*Due to COVID-19 this date is flexible. Please do your best to complete this by June 8th. Email Cindy Bono, cbono@marybaldwin.edu, with any updates, questions or issues.

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 Cynthia Bono at cbono@marybaldwin.edu.

Due April 20, 2020

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 a parent’s health insurance plan, or individual coverage through an ACA/Health Exchange plan.

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*
*You will need your student ID – login to MyMBU and look under My profile and settings


The cost for 12 months (June to May) is $3285 for a comprehensive plan that can be included in your financial aid. 
Contact:  Paige Fritze, murphy.deming@rcmd.com, 1-800-346-4075 x1607
You have until June to decide about enrolling or waiving.  Your bill can be adjusted at any time.

Any questions, please contact Paige Fritze, murphy.deming@rcmd.com, 1-800-346-4075 x1607.

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

Due April 27, 2020*

*Due to COVID-19 this date is flexible. Please submit Form A and B. Request Form C from your doctor’s office electronically. For Form D – TB and Form E – Health Clearance, please do you the best you can. 

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.  The retest must be completed 1-3 weeks after first TST result is read.

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. Health Center Contact is Crysta Bliss at cbliss@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 4, 2020

Tuition

Invoices for tuition will be mailed the first week of May. For students funding their tuition through student loans and have their paperwork in place, 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 18, 2020

Class Schedules

Students can access their class schedules by May 18. To get your schedule, go mymbu.marybaldwin.edu/ICS/. Log in using your User Name & Password provided with your email log-in information. Note: this schedule will be supplemented with an emailed schedule that provides additional times to hold, including exam blocks. This portal allows access to your grades while in the program (more information about this resource provided at orientation). Remember to change the term to “2019-2020 Summer” to find your summer schedule.

SUMMER 2020 CLASS SCHEDULE (Click here when available)

Access to Blackboard

Students do 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. Carey Usher, Interim Director of Academic Resource Center. Email at cusher@marybaldwin.edu or accessibility@marybaldwin.edu or call at  540-887-7064 to schedule a meeting BEFORE classes start. Dr. Usher 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. Usher at any time.

Due June 1, 2020

Complete Outstanding 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 MDCHS Admissions Office by June 1. Incomplete documentation will result in a hold on your account. Address to send materials: Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences/Mary Baldwin University, Admissions Office, 100 Baldwin Boulevard, Fishersville, VA 22939.

June 6, 2020

Plan to move-in by Saturday, June 6. Make sure you allow time to settle in (trips to the DMV, bank, etc.) BEFORE Orientation/first week of classes, as these days are full!

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 8, 2020

Mandatory Orientation

Please bring:

  • 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.
  • Car make/model and license plate #. Information is necessary to receive a parking sticker.
  • Any enrollment confirmation forms/deferment forms you need completed by the Registrar.
  • Any outstanding items (copies of BLS cards, outstanding immunization information).
  • 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

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

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

 

2020-2021 Academic Calendar