Medical Exam

Student Medical Examinations

All of the medical, and the Pulmonary Function Test, may be scheduled by contacting Student Health Services (cost additional $15) (252-328-6317). The Pulmonary Function test can also be scheduled by contacting the Human Performance Lab at (252) 328-2132, they are located in the building that is next to the pool end of Minges. (The cost for the service is $10). It is a beige building with a sign out front that says Building 189. The Hearing test can be scheduled at Student Health, through their Rapid Care Nurse, (The cost for the service is $10.00.)

Examination results must be on file with DWS prior to the beginning of your open water training (it is your responsibility to get a copy of your completed physical into our office). Be prepared to pay for any and all laboratory work requested by the physician (estimated cost $60). If you prefer, you may have a private physician complete the required forms if they are familiar with diving. You must carry the results of your Pulmonary Function test with you to your medical examination.

Once again it is your responsibility to bring a copy of your physical to the Diving and Water Safety Office. Do not assume this will be sent automatically for you.

All Diving Medical Examinations Require the Following:

Forms to be carried to examination:

Laboratory Requirements for Diving Medical Examination:

  • Initial examination, first examination over age 40:
    • Medical History
    • Complete Physical Exam, emphasis on neurological and otological components
    • Chest X-ray
    • Spirometry
    • Hematocrit or Hemoglobin
    • Urinalysis
    • Any further tests deemed necessary by the physician to qualify the patient for scuba diving
  • Periodic re-examination under age 40 (every 5 years):
    • Medical History
    • Complete Physical Exam, emphasis on neurological and otological components
    • Hematocrit or Hemoglobin
    • Urinalysis
    • Any further tests deemed necessary by the physician to qualify the patient for scuba diving
  • Initial exam over age 40:
    • Medical History
    • Complete Physical Exam, emphasis on neurological and otological components
    • Assessment of coronary artery disease using Multiple-Risk-Factor Assessment (age, lipid profile, blood pressure, diabetic screening, smoker)
    • Resting EKG
    • Chest X-ray
    • Spirometry
    • Urinalysis
    • Hematocrit or Hemoglobin
    • Any further tests deemed necessary by the physician to qualify the patient for scuba diving
    • Exercise stress testing may be indicated based on risk factor assessment
  • Periodic re-examination over age 40 (every 3 years); over age 60, (every 2 years):
    • Medical History
    • Complete Physical Exam, emphasis on neurological and otological components
    • Assessment of coronary artery disease using Multiple-Risk-Factor Assessment (age, lipid profile, blood pressure, diabetic screening, smoker)
    • Resting EKG
    • Urinalysis
    • Hematocrit or Hemoglobin
    • Any further tests deemed necessary by the physician to qualify the patient for scuba diving
    • Exercise stress testing may be indicated based on risk factor assessment.

Faculty and Staff Diving Physicals

ECU faculty and staff require a diving physical to become or remain active divers with the University. The details of the physical examination are listed in the ECU Diving and Water Safety Manual.

To setup a diving physical examination:

  • Telephone the Division of Perspective Health, at 252-744-2073 or 252-744-2070, to make an appointment.
  • Print out copies of the Medical Evaluation Of Fitness For Scuba Diving Report and the Diving Medical History Form.
  • Sign the Applicant's Release Of Medical Information Form located on the last page of the Medical Evaluation Of Fitness For Scuba Diving Report.
  • Fill out the Diving Medical History Form.
  • Carry the forms with you to the examination.

Note: Prospective Health has a list of faculty/staff requiring diving physicals for this calendar year. If you have questions about when your medical expires, contact the Diving & Water Safety Office.