The Class of 2019
This page will be a source of information surrounding the steps involved in preparation for our first day of Orientation on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. We will provide a timeline that will allow all of you to have the various forms and processes completed prior to Orientation to allow that week to be a time when you can get to know one another, our school, and our curriculum. The instructions for completing and submitting each form will be outlined. There will be a few sections: Admissions; Student Affairs; Financial Aid.
Official Transcripts are due to the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions by July 1, 2015.
Official copies from undergraduate schools only should be sent to:
Juanita Womack, Registrar
Office of Student Affairs and Admissions
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU)
401 South Broadway
Camden, NJ 08103
Health Insurance 2015-2016
Health insurance is required for all students attending Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.
The new federal healthcare laws also requires parents' health care policies to provide coverage for dependents up to age 26, therefore we encourage our students to investigate that possibility as an alternative to the student health insurance. Students may also explore their eligibility for public health benefits before deciding whether or not to waive out of the student insurance program.
The cost for the CMSRU student health insurance Platinum Plan with United Healthcare PPO for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year is $2,150.00. Health insurance will be effective from August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016. The premium is billed 100% on your fall term student bill in addition to fall term tuition and fees.
Students must log onto www.firststudent.com to waive or enroll by July 1, 2015. Select Rowan University-Cooper Medical School. The “Enroll Now-Health Insurance” or “Waive Your School’s Health Insurance” hyperlinks are located on the tool bar on the left side of the screen. A step by step email was sent to all students by Marion Lombardi on 6-18-15.
PLEASE NOTE: Students will automatically be enrolled and charged the health insurance premium cost if the CMSRU Waiver Form is not submitted by July 1, 2015.
NOTE: Students who waive health insurance cannot enroll in the plan at any other time during the 2015-2016 academic year UNLESS they have a life status change. Please email Heidi Ashton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Heidi Ashton @ 267- 880-2300 directly with questions regarding life status changes.
Health insurance enrollment is an online process and must be completed annually by EVERY student. Whether you are selecting the school-sponsored plan or are requesting to waive, your decision must be made by July 1, 2015.
We are able to offer supplemental vision and dental opt-in insurance coverage for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year for an additional cost. Please note that the vision and dental premium rates are not included on your student bill. Vision coverage (student only) premium cost-$159.00 and Dental coverage (student only) premium cost-$324.00. You must enroll and pay for the supplemental vision and dental coverage via the www.firststudent.com website. A step by step email was sent to all students by Marion Lombardi on 6-18-15.
NOTE: If you have specific questions regarding the insurance plans, please contact Heidi Ashton email@example.com or call Heidi Ashton @ 267- 880-2300.
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has mandated that all medical students carry disability insurance. We have arranged this through American Medical Association (AMA) Med Plus Advantage at a minimal costy. This is also part of Student Fees.
Student Assistance Program (SAP)
Cooper Medical School has developed a comprehensive program of support for our students. The annual charge for SAP is $48 annually and will be included in Student Fees. Any change in this fee will be posted.
Immunization Record (IR): The form can be accessed by clicking on the "IR" hyperlink to the left.
It is your responsibility to have this completed prior to 7/1/2015. Please mail, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax (856-361-2828) the form to us using your last name and IR (Smith.IR) if emailed. The record will be reviewed and kept in the Student Health Office where you will have a file.
NOTE: You must use our form. Proof of immunization dates is not sufficient. Lab titers to verify immunity is required. The titers must be completed prior to your arrival. You will not be able to participate in any clinical experiences unless this is complete. The proof that you are not infected with tuberculosis requires a 2 step PPD - this means 2 separate PPDs performed and read over a period of weeks. Most medical schools will require this process now, and it is best that you schedule the PPDs now. Last minute scheduling of these tests will not allow for the time needed to perform both tests. Make all appointments early to ensure that you can provide us the records prior to 7/1/2015.
Initial Health Evaluation (HP): The form can be accessed by clicking on the "HP" hyperlink to the left.
This will need to be completed by your care provider and sent to us prior to 7/1/2015. Please mail, email (email@example.com) or fax (856-361-2828) the form to us using your last name and HR (Smith.HP) if emailed.Much of the information you can provide but it will need to be completed and signed by the health provider. All information will be stored confidentially and all HIPPA rules will be followed.
Student Parking 2015-2016
CMSRU is offering two parking options for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year:
1. CCIA Parking Garage (across the street from CMSRU in the Cooper University Hospital (CUH) parking garage):
T he student parking costs with the CCIA Parking Garage for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year are $1,976.00 (about $165 per month) inclusive from August 1 to July 31. Students will be charged $973.70 on the fall semester bill and $1,002.30 on the spring semester bill (in addition to tuition and fees). Students will have unlimited access to the CCIA Parking Garage with a parking wafer (swipe key entry system). Interested students must submit the parking enrollment form by July 1, 2015 to the CMSRU Office of Student Affairs and Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2. CMSRU Medical Education Building (MEB) Parking Lot-New Parking Option
A gated parking lot will soon be available behind the Medical Education Building (the cost to students is currently free for the 2015-2016 academic year; however, this is subject to change). We anticipate approximately 100 parking spots in this new, temporary lot. Parking will be FREE and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The gate to this fenced lot will open at 6:00am and close at 9:00pm (these hours may change as we assess ongoing need). After-hours access can be arranged directly with the security officer on duty. Unfortunately, the lot will not be completed by orientation week–with delays up to 1 month or more possibly. During the first few weeks of the academic year, students can utilize these other options: 1.) Park on a daily basis in the CCIA lot @$10 per day; 2.) Park at the waterfront lot (located across from The Victor Lofts) and take the Cooper University Hospital Shuttle; or 3.) Park on the street. Again, it’s important to understand that this parking option is first-come, first-serve. If you do not find a spot in the MEB parking lot, it is your responsibility to find alternative parking.
Apply for a credit based Federal Graduate PLUS Direct Loan AND sign the Federal Graduate PLUS Direct Loan MPN electronically by logging onto www.studentloans.gov.
Apply for a Private/Alternative Education Loan directly with any lender you choose and submit the request form to the office after your credit check is approved.
Computer. We do not provide computers for our students. We support any platform. We do provide all students with the online textbooks needed for our curriculum free of charge. Our IT staff suggests the following:
Medical Equipment. Since you will start seeing patients and learning the physical exam within weeks of arrival, it is suggested that you have a stethoscope and penlight. We will provide an opportunity to try samples and purchase online. We suggest that in the early years you not invest in expensive items. Items such as blood pressure cuffs, otoscopes and opthalmoscopes are expensive and best deferred until later in training. Our simulation lab is fully equipped to allow you to practice using these at any time.
Clothing. Please refer to the Dress Code Policy within the online Student Handbook. You will be given a white coat during the White Coat Ceremony.