Updated September 12, 2023

The Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP) ensures students enrolled in health sciences academic programs comply with the requirements detailed in the University’s affiliation agreements with clinical and practicum training sites. These affiliation agreements require students to complete and document immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) screening as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for healthcare personnel. The requirements reduce the risk of exposure to communicable diseases for students and their patients/clients.

Please note:

  • Pre-health sciences students do not participate in HSIP.
  • UW Bothell: Health sciences students follow their program’s guidelines, rather than participating in HSIP.
  • UW Tacoma: Social Work and MEDEX students participate in HSIP. Other Tacoma health sciences students follow their program’s guidelines.

Students enrolling in these UW health sciences programs that require clinical or practicum training to complete the degree should expect to receive notification from academic program staff of the HSIP requirements:

  • Seattle campus HSIP Programs
    • Medicine (MED)
    • MEDEX – Seattle, Tacoma, Anchorage, Spokane, and Hawaii
    • Medical Laboratory Science/Laboratory Medicine
    • Rehab Medicine (DPT/MOT/P&O)
    • Genetic Counseling
    • Dentistry (DDS and most post-doctoral students)
    • Pharmacy Doctorate (PharmD)
    • Nursing (BSN/ABSN/DNP/Certificate)
    • Social Work (BASW/MSW)
    • Public Health (MPH/Nutrition)
    • Speech & Hearing Sciences (SPHSC)
  • Tacoma campus HSIP programs
    • Social Work (BASW/MSW)


HSIP contracts with a vendor, CastleBranch, to track immunization and TB testing compliance. Each health sciences school or program sends instructions to accepted students for creating their CastleBranch account, including deadlines for meeting HSIP requirements.

The tuition students pay quarterly includes an HSIP fee, which covers the cost of overall HSIP program administration.

Please refer to the Medical Waivers section of the Health Sciences Immunization Program Policy for details about exemptions to HSIP requirements. Refer to the section below regarding medical exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Where to get vaccines, titers, and TB screening

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Hepatitis B

Information for students

Health Fee

Once you enter a participating health sciences school or program, you will pay the HSIP fee to cover the cost of administering the Health Sciences Immunization Program.

The amount of the fee is subject to change on a yearly basis and is attached to your tuition account for as long as you remain in your UW health sciences school or program.

Read the 2023-2024 Annual HSIP Fee (PDF) for specific details about how the health fee was calculated for the current school year.

Please note that the health fee is not health insurance. More information about getting health insurance coverage can be found on the Hall Health Center website.

We recommend students learn what health services are offered at the student health center on their “home” campus and in the community. Our Health Care Resources information sheet may also be of assistance for students who need initial or ongoing services in the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho).

Frequently asked questions


Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP) Contact

(206) 616-9074