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Student Health Services

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Student Health Services

Location:
Commonwealth Hall, Ground Floor


Mailing Address:
Student Health Services
715 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2509
Fax: 610-436-3148
Email: healthctr@wcupa.edu

About Us

Our staff includes Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, Nutritionist, and Wellness Promotion Specialists. Our goal is to help you stay healthy and in class so you can meet your academic goals.

We are well equipped to manage the illnesses and injuries common to a student population.

Our Services

General Health Care

We are well equipped to manage your general health needs. Make an appointment for respiratory infection, asthma care, orthopedic injuries, urinary tract infections, sexual health care or other health concerns. We can also do your physical exam if required for employment or a driver's license.

Allergy Shots

Students who are receiving desensitization injections prescribed by their physicians at home can receive their injections at Student Health Services.

Important Documents

Allergy Injection Policy

  1. If you are beginning allergy injections at Student Health Services (SHS) and after each visit to the allergist if you get new serum and/or paperwork, you must have an appointment with a Registered Nurse to review your immunotherapy schedule.
  2. You must hand deliver your allergy serum to SHS with written instructions from the allergist.
  3. Allergy injections are given by appointment only. You must wait in the Health Center for 30 minutes after an allergy injection. If you are ill, please call to reschedule your appointment.
  4. The first dose of a new allergy serum (not increased concentrations of the same allergen), must be given by your allergist.

Fees

  • All students who have paid the Student Health Services fee are eligible to use services. Fees are added to the tuition and fees bill for all full-time undergraduate and graduate students.
  • There is a $12 visit fee for all appointments at Student Health Services, including medical care, BASICS, and nutrition education.
  • You may incur additional charges for medication or needed supplies. You may always request to be given information about getting prescriptions and supplies from an outside pharmacy.

Payment for Health Services

  • Charges for visits will automatically be posted to your student account.
  • Charges will not reveal any confidential health information. You can pay for these charges at the Bursar's Office or on line through QuikPay.
    • The Bursars office accepts cash, checks or money orders.
    • Payments on QuikPay can be made with either an e-check or credit card (American Express, Discover of Master Card).
  • To allow Title IV financial aid to cover health services charges, please log into myWCU, use the link posted under the Alert section of myWCU, and complete the Title IV Authorization form.
  • Complete List of Fees

Immunizations

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FLU SHOT CLINICS

Multiple times in Sykes Union and Starbucks at FHG Library

October Schedule: All Clinics are 10am-2pm

  • Monday 10/27 Sykes Union
  • Wednesday 10/29 Starbucks
  • Thursday 10/30 Starbucks
  • Wednesday 11/5 Starbucks
  • Thursday 11/6 Starbucks

Required Immunization

  • Meningitis vaccine: Pennsylvania law requires all college students living in campus housing in Pennsylvania to have a Meningococcal Vaccination or sign a waiver.

Recommended Immunizations

  • Hepatitis B: series of 3 vaccines
  • HPV Vaccination: 3 doses
  • Influenza Vaccination (Flu Shot): recommended annually
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella: two doses of live MMR administered on or after the first birthday (students born before 1957 are exempt)
  • Tetanus: Original series plus booster within 10 years
  • Varicella: two doses of live varicella vaccine or physician documented history of the illness (chicken pox)
  • TB skin tests: required for select students (education and nursing majors)
    • All students who receive an immunization or TB test must remain in the health center for 15 minutes for observation.
  • If your meningitis vaccine dose was on or before your sixteenth birthday, the CDC recommends that you get a second dose prior to arriving at school, especially if you will be living on campus

Medications

  • Student Health Services (SHS) includes a medication dispensary with medications that are frequently prescribed during a health visit.
  • Prescriptions from outside physicians cannot be filled at SHS.
  • There is a nominal fee for medications, with prices generally lower than the prices found in chain pharmacies.
  • You may choose to purchase specific medications at a local pharmacy; be familiar with your prescription plan and bring a copy of your prescription plan card to school.

Pharmacies Within Walking Distance of Campus

  • Rite Aid Pharmacy: 13 E. Gay St, 610-696-0409
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy: 929 S. High St (Parkway Shopping Center), 610-436-6767
  • Walgreens Pharmacy: 708 W. Nields St.., 484-653-1400
  • Complete List of Pharmacies

Needle Disposal

  • You can pick up a FREE sharps disposal container at Student Health Services.
  • Improper disposal of needles and sharps leads to unnecessary health risks for staff and students alike.
  • Please ask at the front desk of the Health Center to receive your sharps disposal container.
  • We strongly encourage participants of the Safe Needle Disposal Program to exchange a full sharps container with a new, empty sharps container at the Health Center.

Sexual Health Services

Contraception

Contraception is a method of preventing unplanned pregnancy. Most women of reproductive age in the United States use some form of contraception. Contraceptives are available by:

  • Prescription: oral contraceptives ("the Pill"), emergency contraception, hormonal patches, injection or shots, the contraceptive ring, diaphragms, and the IUD
  • Over-the-counter: condoms, spermicides, and menstrual cups
Learn More

STI Testing

Sexually transmitted infections (STI's) are passed from one person to another during sexual contact. If you are sexually active, it is important to get tested regularly, since many STI's have no symptoms. Getting tested allows you to get any treatments you may need.

  • When to Test:
    • Definitely get tested if you have symptoms of an STI: sores, warts, vaginal or penile discharge, pain with urination, or a partner with symptoms. Testing recommendations vary depending on risk factors.
  • STI Testing at Student Health Services:
    • You should get tested if you have symptoms of an STI: sores, warts, vaginal or penile discharge, pain with urination, or a partner with symptoms. Talk with the Nurse Practitioner during your appointment about which tests are appropriate for you.
  • Other local STI Testing sites:

GYN Exams

  • A GYN (pelvic) exam may not be needed to start a contraceptive.
  • Talk with the Nurse Practitioner about your concerns and questions.
  • An exam is usually needed for STI testing.
  • A PAP Smear is done to screen for cervical cancer. Talk with the nurse practitioner about this if you have questions.

TB Testing

Fall 2014 TB Testing Clinics

Dates: 8/25, 8/26, 8/27, 8/28, 9/3, 9/5, 9/8, 9/10
Time: 10am-2pm
Where: Student Health Services, Ground Floor Commonwealth Hall
Cost: $34 with charges applied to student account

TB Tests

The Student Health Center offers the Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Test to determine exposure to tuberculosis. Learn more about Tuberculosis from the CDC.

  • TB skin tests: required for select students.
    • Education majors
    • Nursing majors
    • International Students: Students who are from countries where TB disease is very common (most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Russia), and have entered the United States within the 5 years prior to University entrance. TB screening must be done within 6 months prior to the start of classes.
    • If you were born in or have traveled and spent more than 30 days in an endemic country in the last 5 years.

All students who receive an immunization or TB test must remain in the health center for 15 minutes for observation.

Tuberculosis testing requirements may vary between University departments. Contact the Department representative for specific information.