Incoming, Transfer & Walk-On Students

Athletic Clearance Requirements

The following items are required

  1.  The Athletic History and Physical Exam Form must be filled out completely; form will not be accepted with unanswered questions. The form must be signed by a physician (MD or DO) or a Nurse Practitioner. Forms completed by another health professional will not be accepted unless co-signed.
  2. Per the NCAA, all student-athletes must satisfy the Sickle Cell Testing Requirements by doing one of the following: 
    • Provide results of prior Sickle Cell Trait testing to the Health Service. This may be either newborn screen or more recent testing. Or,
    • Sign a waiver form declining to be tested or declining to submit proof of prior testing for Sickle Cell Trait (waiver is included in Athletic History & Physical Exam packet)
  3. Documentation for use of any banned prescription medications (if applicable). Student-athletes taking prescription medications to treat ADD/ADHD will be particularly affected.
    • You must provide specific documentation of diagnosis and treatment to allow for medical exception (Medical Exception form included in Athletic History & Physical Exam packet).
    • A detailed explanation of what is required for medical exception in other banned classes can be found in the Athletic History & Physical Exam packet. 
  4. All enrolled Dartmouth students are required to meet specific health requirements prior to the start of classes, as directed by the Medical Records office. Athletic Clearance is dependent on first being compliant with these requirements (listed below). Instructions for these requirements can be found on the Medical Records Website
    • Dartmouth Immunization Form
    • Tuberculosis Screening/Testing Form
    • Online Health Forms
    • Special Authorization for Minors (if applicable)

A checklist of ALL requirements will be included on the Athletic History & Physical Form.

Important Information

Late submissions

Late submission may result in your inability to participate in team activities upon your arrival to campus, including conditioning, weight training, team and individual practices, testing and competition.

Well-Child Check/Insurance

If you are not eligible for a well-child check within our allowed time frame due to insurance restrictions, we suggest your contact your insurance provider. They might waive this restriction for the purpose of a college entrance physical. 


Clearance Status Information

Dartmouth's student-athlete clearance status is different from the requirements for the NCAA Clearinghouse. Visit the Dartmouth Athletic Department Compliance website for more information on the NCAA Clearance process. 

Undergraduate Medical Records Requirements are now included as part of Athletics Clearance. Exceptions will be granted only on a case by case basis as approved by the Medical Records Supervisor.

The athletic clearance paperwork described on this page is only valid for clearance to participate in Varsity Athletics and Men's Rugby at Dartmouth College. 

Sending Completed Forms

Mail completed forms to:

Dartmouth College Health Service
Attn: Sports Medicine - Athlete Physical
7 Rope Ferry Road
Hanover, NH 03755

Alternatively, scanned forms can be emailed to: Sports Medicine or faxed to (603) 646-9410, Attn: Sports Medicine - Athlete Physical.