Upon admission to the University, every full-time student is required to submit a completed, signed, Health and Counseling Form as along with official documentation of state required immunizations. Official documentation of immunization may be provided by physicians, hospitals or prior schools and must include the month and year of immunization.
All registered students; commuters or residents, undergraduates or graduates, full or part-time, those taking on-line courses, off-campus courses or continuing education courses, are eligible to use Health Services for the semester(s) of enrollment (regardless of the type of insurance they carry). Students do not have to enroll in the university-sponsored insurance plan to use Health Service.
All visits to Health Services are free. Services include:
Walk-in appointments (until 1/2 hour before closing)
Diagnosis and treatment of episodic illnesses
Evaluation and treatment of injuries
Contraceptive management and counseling
Diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
Health and wellness counseling
Physical exams (by appointment only)
Some free lab tests are done on-campus at Health Services. They include streptococcus testing (for strep throats), mononucleosis testing, pregnancy testing and urinalysis screening. 'Send-out' laboratory tests not performed at Health Services are not free (are the responsibility of the patient and are often offset by insurance coverage). We send out special laboratory tests to Quest Diagnostics. They will bill you or your insurance company directly.
Standard immunizations, tetanus (Td), measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and hepatitis B, are administered for free of cost to registered students. Immunizations are given Monday-Friday from 9:30-11:30am and 1:30-3:30pm during the fall and spring semesters. Flu and meningitis immunizations are given 'at cost'. Flu clinics will be held in the fall (announcements will be posted electronically); arrangements for meningitis immunization can be made by calling Health Services. The 2010 cost of flu vaccine has not yet been determined. BSU Health Services does not third party bill (submit fees to insurance companies). If your health insurance covers immunization, the meningitis immunization, through your primary care provider, might be more cost-effective.
We have nurse practitioners, who are authorized to write prescriptions. We do not have a pharmacy on campus though CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid are within walking distance of the campus.
Students may visit Health Services on a walk-in basis or by making an appointment. All students, who wish to be seen, will be asked to provide or update their patient history so that we may provide the best care possible.
Health Services has committed clinicians and outreach health educators available to help with promoting wellness and offering assistance to individuals or groups regarding personal and/or academic health needs. The Outreach Department (located between Health Services and the Counseling Center in Tillinghast, room 010) has many resources, brochures and posters to support wellness education. McADOC (Media Campaign Addressing Drugs on Campus) Peer Leaders work with the entire BSU Community to draw awareness to current issues and prevention. Interested in being a peer leader? Visit http://www.bridgew.edu/McADOC/ .
Last Modified: August 3, 2010