Student Health Center

The student health center, located on the lower level of the Anderson Sports/Health Center, is directed by a registered nurse with a master's degree. A Nurse practioner and a part-time registered nurse are also on staff and function under the guidance of the university's medical physician. Health care providers have regularly scheduled clinic hours on campus. Health care providers also are available by telephone for advice and referrals during the week. The center is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. If medical services are needed after hours, the student should contact their respective resident advisor (RA) who will when necessary, inform the director of the health center of the issue.

Services provided by the health care providers at the student health center are free to the student population. Prescription medication may be obtained at one of four local pharmacies, and incurred expenses at one pharmacy only may be billed to the student's home address.

The health center is a state-of-the-art facility providing first aid, assessment and treatment of common illnesses. Referral for more serious health conditions; temporary care until transfer can be arranged to a local medical facility; residence hall visits when necessary; health counseling and education; maintenance of health records; and assistance with student athletic insurance claims are provided at no cost to the student.

The health center requires a medical history, physical examination, and immunization records to be completed and submitted by all new, transfer, and commuter students before the start of the student's first semester of attendance. It is required by PA Law that all students receive memomune (meningitis), hepatitis B, MMR 2 and current PPD immunizations prior to beginning their university career. Students enrolled in health science majors (nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, medical imaging, and sonography) may have additional yearly requirements as mandated by their respective departments.

Students requiring hospitalization or those afflicted with acute or long-term illness that requires several days in bed and restriction from class will be required to return to their homes at the discretion of the health care provider and director of the health center until activity and class attendance can be resumed. For the safety of all students, it is required that students diagnosed with a communicable disease (such as measles, chicken pox) may be sent home. Permission to return to campus must be provided in writing from the student's health care provider.

The health center's self-care room is designed as a teaching model to encourage independence in the student population. Brochures, educational displays and videos are available for student instruction. Limited over-the-counter medications are available free of charge.

The student health center counsels on personal issues and provides informational materials to help students assess and to participate in their own health care. This includes, but is not limited to: breast self exams, urinary tract, menstrual and gynecological problems. Counseling about anxiety over possible to exposure to STD's and/or HIV is available for men and women with possible referrals to professional counselors if necessary. Call the health center at 570-674-6276 to arrange an appointment with a health-care provider.

Additional services are also available. They include nursing assessment, treatment and follow ups; referral to specialists; arrangement of medical appointments and testing; physical exams; assistance with dispensing or injection of medication; and medical equipment for short term use (ice bags, crutches, heating pads, vaporizers, and ace bandages). Students will be billed for materials not returned to the health center by the end of the semester.

All full-time students are required to provide photocopied proof of membership in their parent's health insurance plan. Information about a health insurance plan is available at the office of the vice president of student affairs.

In keeping with our Catholic values, the student health center does not distribute condoms or other forms of birth control. Moreover, the optional student health insurance policy does not cover birth control prescriptions or abortion procedures.

STUDENT HEALTH CENTER HOURS

Monday through Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

NURSE PRACTITIONER HOURS

By appointment

Monday and Thursday 9:30am - 11:00am

CLINIC HOURS (Physician available)

Wednesday and Friday 11:30am - 12:30pm

PHONE (570) 674-6276