Incoming, Transfer & Walk-On Students

Athletic Clearance Requirements

The following items are required for all students intending to compete on a varsity team or men's rugby:

  1.  PREPARTICIPATION EXAM: The Athletic History and Physical Form must be filled out completely.
    • The form will not be accepted with unanswered questions.
    • Some answers may require additional documentation for clearance.
    • 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. BANNED SUBSTANCE DOCUMENTATION: If applicable, students must provide 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 to allow for medical exception.
    • A detailed explanation of what is required for medical exception in all banned classes can be found in the Athletic History and Physical Exam packet. 
  3. SICKLE CELL TRAIT REQUIREMENT: Per the NCAA, all student-athletes must satisfy the Sickle Cell Trait Testing requirement 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.
    • 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 and Physical Exam packet).
  4. ENTERING STUDENT HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS: 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)

Complete instructions and a checklist of ALL athletic requirements will be included on the Athletic History and 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.