Student Health Center

The Student Health Center, located on the lower level of the Anderson Sports/Health Center, is directed by a family nurse practitioner. A nurse practitioner 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 are also available by telephone for advice and referrals during the week. The Health Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. If medical services are needed after hours, the student should contact their respective resident advisor (RA) who will, if necessary, inform the Director of the Health Center of the issue.

Services provided by the health care providers at the 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 appropriate, 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 that all resident students receive menomune as required by PA Law (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 divisions.

If a student chooses not to attend a class due to illness, it is his/her responsibility to contact their professor to advise them of the situation. The Health Center will not issue a note to excuse a student from class. A professor may call the Health Center to confirm that a student was evaluated by a medical professional, but no information about treatment or condition will be given unless we have consent from the student.

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 (measles, chickenpox) should 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 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 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 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; allergy injections administered under strict protocol by Director; TB skin testing 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 a photocopied proof of membership in their parent's health insurance plan. Information about a health insurance plan is available in the Vice President of Student Affairs Office, 570-674-6238.

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.

Upon graduation, student health records are moved to storage. If a former student needs copies of health records, a request must be submitted in writing to the Health Center including the student's name, social security number, the specific information requested, and the name and the mailing address where the records are to be sent or a time when they will be picked up in the Health Center. In order to protect the student's privacy, the Health Center will no longer fax records.

Generally, the hours of service are as follows:

Student Health Center Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Clinic Hours (physician available): Wednesday and Friday, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Contact the Student Health Center at 570-674-6276 if you have any questions.