After being accepted to an SFS program, all students must complete the SFS medical approval process.
The SFS medical approval process collects comprehensive medical information on student health, allowing SFS to best support any medical or dietary needs or restrictions of its students while they are participating on-program. Program acceptance is contingent upon medical approval.
Should SFS have any concerns during the process, the student and the student’s healthcare provider will be contacted to discuss the student’s capacity to participate on-program. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact the SFS Safety and Student Life Department.
Inaccurate or incomplete information on any of the SFS medical forms may be grounds for rescinding an offer of admission, recalling a student from the program, or restricting student participation in certain on-program activities. In addition, students are responsible for informing SFS of any changes to their health status or medication that occur after submission of SFS medical forms.
Counseling Questionnaire: To be completed by the student’s mental health practitioner. Required if a student has been in counseling for any reason within the past three years.
Psychotropic Medication Form: To be completed by the student’s prescribing physician. Required if a student is currently taking a psychotropic medication.
PADI Medical Statement: To be completed by a physician, physician’s assistant, or registered nurse practitioner who is not related to the student. Required only if a student is planning to participate in SCUBA on an SFS Turks & Caicos semester or summer program.
If getting SCUBA certified while on program, certifying organization on the form should be listed as “The School for Field Studies” [Instructor] at the “Center for Marine Resource Studies” [Facility] in “South Caicos” [City], “Turks and Caicos” [State/Province]. The Divers Medical Questionnaire should be completed with a “Yes” or “No” for each question, or else the form will be considered incomplete.
Note: Students should not submit any SFS medical forms until they have been accepted into a program.
It is important that students understand what is required in the Medical Approval Process.
Some SFS programs require students to receive a specific vaccination prior to program participation. For these programs, students must submit documentation of the completed vaccination(s) to the Safety and Student Life Department prior to program departure. Students should consult their program-specific Field Preparation Guide for information on whether or not SFS requires any vaccinations for program participation. The Field Preparation Guide also contains a list of Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-recommended vaccinations.
All medical paperwork will be reviewed by the SFS Director of Safety and Student Life. Students must be able to meet the physical challenges presented by SFS programs without undue risk to themselves or others. Academically-qualified individuals may be disqualified from participating on medical grounds. Students will not be allowed to join an SFS program without providing details of their current medical insurance prior to participation on program.
Medical Paperwork Deadlines
Summer I or Summer Combined: April 15
Summer II: May 15
Fall Programs: June 15
Spring Programs: November 15
All SFS medical forms and any required vaccination documentation should be submitted to the SFS Safety and Student Life Department via one of the following methods: