All students are eligible to receive services offered at the Student Health Center (SHC). They are also subject to all of the requirements of the SHC (including completion of the Student Health Form).
- Unlimited visits for nursing assessment and treatment of illness and injury, referral or scheduling for further evaluation by a physician or nurse practitioner.
- Health and Wellness Information.
- Allergy Injections (see requirements below).
- Women’s Health services which include information on related topics, confidential consultation with clinicians, instruction in self-breast examination, routine gynecologic examination with Pap tests and treatment or referral if necessary.
- Men’s Health Services which include information on related topics, confidential consultation with clinicians, and treatment or referral if necessary.
- Consultation and follow-up for students with body image issues and/or eating disorders.
- Routine physical examinations on a limited basis when appointment times are available.
Allergy injections will be given to those students who are already on established allergy desensitization programs prescribed and initiated by their allergist. We do require the following:
- Written orders by the prescribing physician including the extract name, dosage schedule to be followed (including alteration of dosage due to being late for appointment dates), date of the most recent injection, and any special considerations.
- Injections will be given 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday in the SHC. Injections will not be given during evening or weekend hours.
- Extracts with orders will be stored in refrigerator in SHC.
- Student must remain in SHC for a minimum of 20 minutes for observation and inspection of injection site before leaving.
There are no fees charged for Undergraduate students to be seen in the Student Health Center, including medications. If labortory testing is needed, we send to Quest or Lab Corp. Students may use their insurance or pay for this service. There are fees for certain immunizations, ppd (mantoux), flu vaccines, etc.
Graduate and College of Professional & Liberal Arts (formally University College) are subjected to fees unless the student has purchased the University Insurance. Fee schedule is attached.
Saint Joseph's University Medical Excuse Policy
The Student Health Center does not provide notes to excuse absences for students missing class due to their visit to the health center, or to excuse class absences due to most common illnesses. The health center will also not provide notes to excuse absences for medical conditions which were not treated at the health center. The purpose of this policy is to eliminate unnecessary visits from students whose sole purpose is obtaining class absence notes for their professors. Some illnesses may legitimately prevent a student from attending classes, but are not serious enough to require evaluation and treatment from the health center. Students often provide self care, which is very appropriate for many common illnesses such as cold, viral infection, or uncomplicated flu.
If, in the judgment of the healthcare provider, the student will be out of class due to a serious illness or medical condition, the health center staff will provide a note to that effect. Examples of serious illnesses or medical conditions may include (but are not limited to):
- Mononucleosis, which may require bed rest and/or removal from campus.
- Hospitalization and/or surgery.
- Severe illness or injury requiring bed rest.
- Severe flu and/or dehydration requiring bed rest.
- Highly contagious diseases (chicken pox, measles).
Please feel free to contact the health center at 610-660-1175 with any questions or concerns.