PA Class of 2021 New Student Page

Welcome to the PA Class of 2021

New Student Page!


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

General Information (see deadlines below)

Join our Facebook Group!
□ Get to know your fellow admitted PA classmates! Find roommates! You should have received our invitation to join this private group using your email from CASPA. 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 CASPA, we will need the email associated with your Facebook account).

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 www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA School Code for Mary Baldwin is 003723. If you have any questions about the process, feel free to give Megan Speth, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, a call at 540.887.7323 or email finaid@marybaldwin.edu. 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 note, when books may be rented or purchased. Professors also offer free e-book options when available. The book selections for Spring 2019 will be linked here when available.

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 http://www.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 PA 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. For a brief overview, click here.

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. 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.

All students must contact Tim Cummons at tcummons@rcmd.com, 410-583-5452, or 1-800-346-4075 ext. 1452 to enroll or waive. Please have your full name, student ID, and date of birth ready when calling.

Students are responsible for all healthcare 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: www.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.

□ Remember that you must use the forms provided to complete our health record requirement.

Getting Ready for Anatomy
The Program Director is creating an Anatomy review and you will be receiving information by email when available.

Items to Pack
□ Anatomy lab requires surgical scrubs (any color), long pants, and closed toe shoes.  Also, plan on packing sports bra, gym shorts, t-shirts, and sports shoes for some lab classes.
□ Pack a few business casual/business professional options for special events/presentations/speakers.
□ A watch with a second hand.
□ A lock for your locker.
□  Bring medical equipment that you currently own (such as otoscope/ophthalmoscope), but refer to the medical equipment list below. MDCHS faculty will provide advice on suggested medical equipment and provide access to medical equipment company representatives that will offer significant discounts to our students during the first week of classes.

  • REQUIRED
    • Littman Cardiology IV (or equivalent) Stethoscope
    • Penlight
    • Rosenbaum Pocket Eye Chart
    • Taylor Reflex Hammer
    • Tuning fork 128 Hz
    • Tuning fork 512 Hz
    • Retractable Tape Measure
    • 6″ Clear Plastic Ruler
    • Standard Adult Size Syphgmomanometer
    • Watch with a second hand
  • OPTIONAL
    • Oto/Opthalmoscope – Highly Recommended
    • Pediatric Syphgmomanometer
    • 7.5″ Utility Trauma Shears
    • 8″ Goniometer
    • Medical Equipment Bag

Due October 22, 2018

Picture/Bio

□ Please give us some quick information about yourself (use this link). We will use this information to create a Class of 2021 booklet for your faculty!

□ If you did not provide a photo for your interview, 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). Email picture to mdchsadmit@marybaldwin.edu.

Due October 29, 2018

FAFSA Filing
□ Complete 2018-2019 FAFSA for financial 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.

□ If you have any questions about the process, feel free to give Megan Speth, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, a call at 540.887.7323 or email finaid@marybaldwin.edu.

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 $45, which the student pays to the service directly. We require that you use CastleBranch.  To order: CastleBranch.

□ 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 November 5, 2018

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 retake again during the 27-month program to keep your certification up-to-date.

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

Insurance Hard Waiver Due

All PA 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. For a brief overview, click here.

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. 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.

All students must contact Tim Cummons at tcummons@rcmd.com, 410-583-5452, or 1-800-346-4075 ext. 1452 to enroll or waive. Please have your full name, student ID, and date of birth ready when calling.

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

Due November 12, 2018

Immunizations/Health Records
Health records can take some time to complete. Please plan on meeting with your healthcare 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 healthcare costs while enrolled in programs at MDCHS.

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

Due December 3, 2018

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 December 3. Incomplete documentation will result in a hold on your account and you will not be able to register. Send materials to: Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences/Mary Baldwin University, Office of Admissions, 100 Baldwin Boulevard, Fishersville, VA 22939.

Class Schedules
□ Students can access their class schedules here (to be updated). To get your schedule, go to mymbu.marybaldwin.edu. Log in using your User ID & 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 for exam blocks and shadowing. 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 “2018-2019 Spring” to find your spring 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 December 10, 2018

Order your White Coat

LAB COAT SIZING CHARTS

Chart A – Unisex  XXSM Thru 5XL

Men’s numeric sizes are chest measurements;  Ladies are dress sizes.

 

 XXS XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
2-4 6-8 10-12 14-16 18-20 22-24 26-28 30-32 34-36 38-40
26-28 30-32 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60 62-64

 

□ HOW TO ORDER YOUR LAB COAT ONLINE

  1. Go to http://www.themedicalstore.biz.
  2. Click the “Schools & Organizations” tab at the top of page.
  3. Enter School Code mdpa2019. This will take your school’s specialized store where you can make selections and upgrades to your package.
  4. After you have made your selections click “Add to Cart” at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Have your order delivered to school for FREE: Select “Deliver to School” as your shipping option.  Your shipping will be free and your lab coat will be available for pick up at school by January 16th. YOU MUST ORDER BY DECEMBER 15, 2018   
  6. If paying by check: fill out this order form and mail it in with your check to: The Medical Store 126 Nantucket Ln. Barrington, IL 20010.

Only one white coat is required, however, most students prefer to get a second coat to alternate laundering.

If you have any questions regarding your order, please contact Donna Bletz at 540-887-4390 or email dbletz@marybaldwin.edu.

December 17, 2018

Tuition

□  Invoices for tuition will be mailed in December. For students who will be funding their tuition through student loans, as long as the paperwork is in place, may or may not have additional payments due at this time.

□  To access your invoice, you can also visit MyMBU and log in at the upper right hand corner using the credentials you were sent to set up your email address. Look for the tab for your account.

Booklist

Booklist for Spring 2019 here.

January 2, 2019

□   Plan to move-in by Wednesday, January 2 or sooner.  Please make sure you allow time before this date to settle in (trips to the DMV, bank, etc.) BEFORE Orientation/first week of classes, as these days will be full!

January 4, 2019

Mandatory Orientation is planned from 8:00am – 4:30 pm.

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.
  • $15 for the Anatomy workbook (please bring cash or check made payable to Mary Baldwin University)
  • 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)
  • 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.

January 7, 2019

Classes start Monday, January 7!

□   You will be pre-registered for classes.  Note that your registration will be on hold until all outstanding requirements (academic, financial, other documentation) are received.