The University and Department strongly recommend that you purchase and maintain health insurance coverage throughout your graduate program, as becoming ill during your academic career or having a blood borne pathogen exposure during your clinical training can be very expensive. Importantly, almost every community placement site requires health insurance as a condition for clinical training. Without insurance you will likely be unable to participate in community-based clinical rotations.

Individual coverage can be obtained through private insurance, Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange Marketplace, or the Federal Insurance Marketplace. If students obtain private insurance, they are advised to confirm that the policy covers prophylactic treatment (e.g., for exposure to bloodborne pathogens) until results of testing are known.

International students must obtain insurance through the University’s International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP).

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