Pre-Matriculation Requirements


    • Criminal Background Check Requirement
        

      All students are required to have a criminal background check (CBC) report on file with the School of Pharmacy (SOP). The criminal background check is performed by Castle Branch, Inc. at the expense of the student. Please note the following: 

      •  The Criminal Background Check is MANDATORY.  
      •  Information from the CBC must be on file with the School of Pharmacy before the student secures a seat in the class.  
      •  Additional background checks may be required of external institutional partnerships prior to participation in experiential activities. Financial and other responsibilities for these CBCs are the sole responsibility of the student.  
      •  Information on obtaining the initial CBC is emailed to each student who has been made an offer for admission.   


      Drug Screening Requirement

      All students are required to have a drug screening test on file with the School of Pharmacy.  The drug screening is performed by Castle Branch, Inc. at the expense of the student.  The Drug screening test is MANDATORY.  Information on obtaining the initial drug screening is emailed to each student who has been an offer for admission.  Information from the drug screening must be on file with the School of Pharmacy before the student secures a seat in the class. Additionally, students may be required to perform a drug screening to be eligible for placement in specific external institutional partnerships prior to participation in experiential activities.  Financial and other responsibilities for these drug screenings are the sole responsibility of the student.

      Additionally, each student is subject to mandatory random drug screening during the Doctor of Pharmacy education program as requested by the UMES School of Pharmacy and/or the experiential site. Failure to successfully pass a drug screening test, refusal to submit to a test, or any other violation of the UMES substance abuse policy, will have consequences that may result in dismissal from the Doctor of Pharmacy program, legal issues and/or financial complications for the student.  


      Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification Requirement
       

      Students are required to have certification in the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers and CPR  prior to the beginning of the SP-1 year. Certification should be through the American Heart Association. Students who do not have a certification prior to the start of classes will not be allowed to start Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs).  Furthermore, CPR Re-certification is required prior to the start of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in the third professional year.  


      Physical Examination and Immunization Requirements
       

      Each student admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program is required to obtain a physical examination and immunizations at his/her own expense.  The following immunizations are required for Doctor of Pharmacy students: 

      •  Tetanus (TDaP)----within last 10 years  
      •  Hepatitis B Series  
      •  Varicella (chickenpox)----2 vaccinations or positive antibody titer (history of disease is not acceptable)
      •  MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)----2 vaccinations or positive antibody titer 
      •  PPD (Tuberculosis skin test)-----2 step TB skin test (administered 1- 3 weeks apart) within the previous 6 months  or QuantiFERON Gold blood test within the last 12 months.  Positive results must provide a clear chest x-ray (lab report required) within the last 12 months. PPD is an annual requirement.
      • Influenza----vaccination administered during the most recent flu season.  Influenza vaccine is an annual requirement.
      • Meningitis Vaccine or waiver----(if on campus student)  

      The results of the physical examination and proof of up to date immunization status should be documented on the UMES Health & Immunization History Form, signed by a licensed physician, and uploaded to the Medical Document Manager in Castle Branch, Inc. no later than 30 days prior to matriculation.  Instructions for accessing Castle Branch, Inc. will be emailed to you after you have been made an offer for admission.  Failure to submit your health and immunization records will affect your ability to matriculate into the program.     Instructions for accessing Castle Branch, Inc. will be emailed to you after you have been made an offer for admission.


      Health Insurance Requirement
       

      All students admitted to the program are required to have health insurance.  Please upload a copy of the back & front of your insurance card to Medical Document Manager in Castle Branch, Inc. no later than 30 days prior to matriculation.  Instructions for accessing Castle Branch, Inc. will be emailed to you after you have been an offer for admission.