Health Information and Insurance

Tuberculosis (TB) Testing Requirements for All Incoming Students

As an incoming student, you will be required to undergo Tuberculosis (TB) testing prior to arriving on campus. The purpose is to maintain a healthy and safe campus for the NPU community. You will need to visit your primary care physician or a clinician prior to arriving at NPU. Please note there are two (2) forms to fill out.

The first form, titled “Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment”, needs to be filled out by your medical provider. If your doctor answers “Yes” on any of the questions, he/she will need to complete the second form, titled “Clinical Tuberculosis Assessment by Health Care Provider”. In addition, please attach copies of laboratory reports and chest x-rays (if applicable) to the completed form. Failure to do so may cause your form to be incomplete and you will not be able to register for classes.

Once the forms are complete, please send it to compliance+tb@npu.edu. If you have any questions, please submit them to compliance+tb@npu.edu. Before submitting your questions, please see below for Frequently Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1: What if my doctor will not fill out this form?

Please urge your doctor to fill out this form and state that your university requires this form to be completed. At the very least, your doctor should provide his/her own form along with the medical records attached.

Q2: What if I had a TB test done recently?

Unless you have had a TB test done in the one month preceding the date of your acceptance to NPU, you will still need to complete another TB test. If you had a TB evaluation done in the last month, please submit the testing report to compliance+tb@npu.edu. NPU administration will review the report to determine if it is sufficient. Please do not submit reports older than one month prior to the date of this letter.

Q3: What if I cannot schedule a doctor’s appointment in time before reporting to NPU?

You will need to have your TB evaluation immediately when you arrive. Please note that the TB evaluation takes about one to two weeks to complete. You will not be able to register for courses until you complete your TB evaluation.

Q4: If I was born in the United States and never left the country or a permanent resident/U.S. Citizen, will I still have to be tested?

Please have your doctor fill out the “Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment” form to determine if you need to be tested.

Student Health Insurance

All students are required to purchase a health insurance plan while studying at NPU (also while on semester break). NPU offers a student insurance plan through Aetna at reasonable rates. Please contact the Financial Office for additional information on the NPU Student Health Insurance Plan.

Cost: $300 per semester per student

  1. NPU Student Health Insurance Plan brochure 2016-2017
  2. General information about health insurance
  3. How to get your Northwestern Polytechnic University Aetna Student Health ID Card

About the Insurance Plan

The NPU student health insurance plan is offered by Aetna Preferred Provider Network and administered by Wells Fargo of California Insurance Services, Inc. The plan includes very extensive pharmacy and doctor networks and focuses on ease of use for all members. When you visit a participating provider or pharmacy, all you will need to do is present your ID card at the time of service, and they will file all claim forms on your behalf. Very common pharmacies such as Longs, Walgreens, and Sav-On are included in the network. You can find a complete list of participating pharmacies and care facilities by visiting the website at: http://www.aetna.com/docfind/custom/studenthealth. You will need your zip code to search for providers and pharmacies in your area.

A 24-hour Nurse Advice Line service is now included in the plan and can be utilized by calling (800) 556-1555. In-network doctor visits have a $40 copay at time of visit and prescription is subject to a $30 copay on generic drugs, $60 copay on preferred brand name drugs, and $100 on any non-preferred brand name drugs.

You should receive your ID card within 6 weeks of the plan effective date. If you need to see a doctor or pick up a prescription prior to receiving your ID card, please contact the Plan Administrator, Wells Fargo of California Insurance Services, Inc., at 800-853-5899 and they will be glad to assist you.

A Message from the Provider

Dear student,

The new HealthCare Reform regulation requires that all potential insured members are notified of the availability of the health insurance plan Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) document. The purpose of the document is to make it easier for you to read and understand the insurance benefits made available to you in a simplified document that is standard across all insurance companies. You may obtain a copy of your SBC on the student insurance website at: www.aetnastudenthealth.com. To Locate the SBC please follow the directions below:

Directions for locating the SBC are as follows:

  1. Click on “Find My School’s Plan”
  2. Enter your school name in “School/Association Name”
  3. The SBC will be located under Policy Information

Meningococcal Facts

Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 120397, you are being notified about the risks of meningococcal disease.

What you should know about meningococcal disease

  • It is a serious illness caused by bacteria that can infect the blood or areas around the brain and spinal cord. Infection can lead to brain damage, disability, and rapid death. Meningitis is the most common form of meningococcal disease. Common symptoms of meningitis include stiff neck, headache, and high fever.
  • Meningococcal vaccines can help prevent meningococcal disease
  • Check with your health care provider about meningococcal vaccines you need.

How many people get the disease? Who is likely to get it?

  • Meningococcal disease is rare but serious. About 1,000 people in the US get meningococcal disease each year. After infancy, older adolescents and young adults have the highest rate of meningococcal disease. College freshman living in dorms are particularly at risk. 

How serious is it?

  • About one in ten people who get meningococcal disease will die from it even if treated. Up to one in five survivors will lose a limb, become deaf, suffer brain damage, or have other complications. 

How are Meningococcal Bacteria spread?

  • The bacteria are spread from person to person through air droplets. Close contact such as kissing, coughing, smoking, and living in crowded conditions (like dorms) can increase your risk of getting the disease. 
  • Overall, 5-10% of the U.S. population has the meningococcal bacteria in their throat, but only a few of them get sick. No one knows why some people get sick and others do not. 

How can I protect myself?

  • You can protect yourself by:
    • Not sharing items that have touched someone else’s mouth, such as cups, bottles, cigarettes, lip balm, and eating utensils;
    • Not smoking; and
    • Getting vaccinated against meningococcal disease
  • Check with your health care provider about which meningococcal vaccines you need.

What Meningococcal Vaccines Should I Get?

  • MCV4 vaccine protects against four deadly types of meningitis. If you have not received a dose since your 16th birthday, make sure to get it now.
  • MenB vaccine protects against the most common cause of bacterial meningitis among teens and young adults. In recent years Men B outbreaks have occurred at UC Santa Barbara, the University of Oregon, and Princeton University. Ask your doctor if you should get it. 

For more information about meningococcal disease, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html