For Incoming Students

Medical Confidentiality Laws in Pennsylvania

In the State of Pennsylvania, if a patient is 18 years of age, or has graduated from high school, he or she is considered an adult regarding medical care. The laws are strict regarding medical confidentiality. Medical information cannot be released without the written consent of the patient. The law does allow, and in some cases requires confidentially be broken if the patient is a danger to himself or herself or others. If the patient is taken to the emergency room, in most cases the emergency room physician will contact parents with the patient's permission. 

If you and your parents feel it is important for them to have information regarding your medical care, we recommend you sign a Consent for Release of Medical Information form during your appointment. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in helping us meet our legal obligation to our young adult patients. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Health Center at 717-245-1835 or e-mail

You may also view our statement addressing federal medical confidentiality regulations called HIPAA by linking to HIPAA Medical Confidentiality

For Incoming Students 

Dickinson College requires that incoming students comply with the Pre-Admission Health Policy as listed below:

  1. Complete the  Health History form online through Gateway, located in the Student Forms tab. If you are unable to complete the form online, download the Health History form to be printed and completed. We request that you only complete the hard copy if you are unable to complete it electronically.
  2. Schedule a physical exam with your health care provider, and submit the medical/health forms no later than July 1, 2014. All forms must be completed and signed by your health care provider.
  3. Review the information on Pennsylvania's Meningitis Law: Information & Meningitis Vaccine Waiver Form (which can be located and completed online, through the Gateway on the Student Forms tab).

Important: Students who have not completed the immunization requirements will not be able to directly check into their housing assignment upon arrival to campus.  

All medical forms are available here. If you are having trouble retrieving them, contact Health Services and we will assist you. Email or call (717) 245-1835 for assistance.