The Health & Wellness Center is under the direction of a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Our staff is dedicated to the health and wellness needs of our students with our goal being to provide the best possible evidence-based health care in a manner which is competent, compassionate, confidential and timely, all within an atmosphere of mutual respect and responsibility without regard to race, gender, ethnic heritage, or sexual orientation.
The Health & Wellness Center provides students with a nursing assessment and treatment for common illnesses on a walk-in basis as well as advanced assessment by the Nurse Practitioner by appointment only. If necessary, particularly after hours and on weekends, students are advised to seek treatment at one of the area hospitals (Geisinger Hospital or Wilkes Barre General Hospital) or at one of the local MedExpress Urgent Care Centers.
Faculty members, staff and visitors are advised to seek care from their primary care providers (PCP).
The Health & Wellness Center now uses Medicat for the collection of the required health forms.
As this is a web-based system, students will have continuous access to their medical record as well as the ability to make updates when needed. The system will send automatic reminders to assist with timely submission of annually required documents. Students will also have the option to take this electronic file with them once they've graduated. There will be a one-time usage fee of $25.00 that all incoming/first year students will be required to pay. All existing students will not incur this charge.
Once a student has their credentials they will have access to the internal portal and thus have access to Medicat EHR.
Required documentation must be submitted Medicat no later than August 1. Such documentation includes, but is not limited to:
-annual physical by their primary care provider (PCP);
-verification of childhood immunizations including a meningitis booster after their 16th birthday and a current PPD;
-proof of current health insurance coverage.
These forms are a requirement for all full-time students regardless of their housing status. Timely submission of documents is vital so that preparations can be made in time for the first day of class as well as to ensure that the registration and housing process is not delayed. That being said, it is strongly advised that incoming students contact their Primary Care Provider as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for their physical examination.
In the event that a student should miss a class due to illness, it is his/her responsibility to contact their professor and advise them of the situation. The Health & Wellness Center can issue a note stating that the student was indeed seen in the Center, but by no means does this qualify as an excused absence from class. Furthermore, should a professor desire, they may call the Center to confirm that the student was evaluated by the medical professional but no information about the condition or treatment will be given.
Self Care Room
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:00)
Walk-in times for Staff Nurse
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
By appointment only.
If medically necessary, the Health & Wellness Center can approve the need for a temporary handicap parking sticker. The student must bring a note from their primary care provider (PCP) stating the medical reason as to why a handicap parking sticker is warranted. Upon approval by the Center's Director, the student will then be sent to Campus Safety where the temporary parking sticker will be issued.
Temporary stickers will be issued for a maximum of 4 weeks and are not renewable. If a longer duration is necessary the student will need to go through their PCP who will make a request to the state, on the students behalf, for a permanent handicap parking permit.
All full-time resident students are eligible for free evaluation and/or consultation with the Staff Nurse. If it is deemed necessary by the Staff Nurse, students may also receive an advanced assessment from the Center Director, who is a Family Nurse Practitioner, but that will be by appointment only.
All commuters, part-time, and graduate students are advised to seek care from their primary care provider (PCP) especially if they are from the local vicinity.
Campus visitors will receive emergency care only.
The following students are required to carry health insurance:
All resident students
All Health Science & Physician Assistant students
(Regardless of their housing status)
All student athletes
(Regardless of their housing status)
A front & back copy of their current insurance card must be given to the Health & Wellness Center and updated on a yearly basis. Failure to do so could affect a student's housing eligibility.
Misericordia University will be providing student health insurance. Students will be required to opt OUT of Misericordia's health plan if they are already insured. It is recommended that students research their current insurance policy to be sure they are covered while attending school. (Many out of state insurance companies may not cover your child in Pennsylvania.) Our local hospitals are Commonwealth Health Hospital and Geisinger Hospital.
The labs used by the Health Center include LabCorp.
Commonwealth Health (CHS) and Geisinger.
TB/PPD testing available at the Health & Wellness Center: No appointment necessary
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that is spread through the air from one person to another. Tuberculin skin test: The TB skin test (also called the Mantoux tuberculin skin test) is performed by injecting a small amount of fluid (called tuberculin) into the skin in the lower part of the arm. A person given the tuberculin skin test must return within 48 to 72 hours to have a trained health care worker look for a reaction on the arm.
Click here to visit the CDC website for more information.
One step PPD cost is $15.00
Two step PPD cost is $30.00
Flu Vaccinations: No appointment necessary
Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications. Optimally, vaccination should occur before onset of influenza activity in the community. Health care providers should offer vaccination by October, if possible. Vaccination should continue to be offered as long as influenza viruses are circulating.
Click here to view the CDC website for more information.
Flu Vaccination cost is $20.00
Know the symptoms - COLD vs FLU
Within the Health & Wellness Center there is the Self Care & Resource room. This room is designed as a teaching model in order to encourage and empower our students to be proactive with their health care needs. This room contains a plethora of up-to-date educational materials in addition to basic over-the-counter (OTC) medications and supplies - all at no cost to our students.
In addition, through a partnership with Cook's Pharmacy of Shavertown, the Health & Wellness Center keeps on hand a supply of commonly used prescriptions in order to provide convenient, point-of care service for our students. There is a $10.00 charge for these items.
**In keeping with our Catholic values, the Health & Wellness Center does not distribute condoms or any other type of birth control**
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