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 Exam 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.
    • Physical exam must be dated on or after March 7, 2021.
  2. BANNED SUBSTANCE DOCUMENTATION: If applicable, students must provide documentation for use of any banned prescription medications.
    • 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. 
    • Sickle Cell Trait Requirement: In order to participate in intercollegiate athletics at Dartmouth College, NCAA and Dartmouth require student-athletes to (a) be tested for sickle-cell trait, (b) provide Dartmouth with results of a prior test, OR (c) refuse sickle-cell testing. This must be done prior to participation in any NCAA-recognized sport and all related activities, including any weight training or conditioning workouts.
    • Comprehensive Athletics Participation Waiver and Release Forms: These three online forms can be found on the Health Portal (also accessed through the "Health Services Forms" link on your Banner account).
    • Heat Illness History Form: This online form is also accessed in the Forms tab of the Health Portal.
    • COVID-19 Screening Form: This online form is also accessed in the Forms tab of the Health Portal.
    • Sports Medicine online forms will be live beginning in June! Contact with any questions.
  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 is included on the Athletic History and Physical Form.

Important Information

Insurance Coverage for Physicals/Well-Child Visits

If you are not eligible for a well-child visit 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.

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.

If you experience challenges completing these requirements by the deadline because of COVID-19, please contact us.


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) 646-6455, Attn: Sports Medicine - Athlete Physical.