Dear International Student:
Welcome to Valparaiso University! The Valparaiso University Student Health Center (VUHC) provides professional health care for qualifying students and wellness programs for all students. The VUSHC is staffed by Nurse Practitioners (NPs) that are advanced practice nurses and provide high-quality health care services similar to those of a doctor. Nurse Practitioners diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems. The NP staff at Valpo order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose and treat both acute and chronic conditions, prescribe medications and other therapies, coordinate the students plan of care, and take time to counsel students and help them learn how their lifestyle choices affect their health and well-being. Our NP staff specializes in both family and women’s health. A consulting physician is also available upon referral two afternoons per week. Walk-ins and appointments are available all day (although appointments are encouraged). Visits to the Health Center are strictly confidential. Except in rare instances, as specified by law, no medical information will be released without written authorization from the student.
Services performed at no cost include assessment by a Nurse Practitioner and/or physician and minor tests. Some services such as immunizations, allergy injections, and some physicals are available for a nominal fee. The Health Center also offers reduced rates for laboratory services. Illnesses or accidents that require more extensive treatment or services are referred to specialty care in the community. Students or their parents are expected to pay for the costs of treatment not covered by the Student Medical Plan.
Below are some frequently asked questions related to the Health Center:
How do I pay for Health Center Charges?
The Health Center currently accepts cash, checks and Crusader Cash. There are only a limited number of services that have a fee. The following are examples of services that would incur a fee: sutures, lesion removals, injections, and some medications. Sick visits are always free.
All full-time students at Valparaiso University will have a Basic Student Accident/Sickness policy paid for through the general fee. A policy is also available through the International office. The International policy provides ample coverage. For further information you will find a link on the Health Center home page.
What insurance do you accept?
The Health Center provides services to Valparaiso University students from all over the world. Because of the large number of insurance companies involved with such a diverse group of students, the Health Center does not submit charges directly to insurance companies. In the event that a charge is incurred at the Health Center, the student will be provided with a bill. The bill has the special codes and descriptions accepted by most insurance companies.
Do you have a pharmacy? Do you take pharmacy cards? How are medications paid for?
Currently the Student Health Center does not have a pharmacy. We have a small supply of medications that can be dispensed to the student without cost. All other medications would require a prescription that would be filled at a local pharmacy. Many of our local pharmacies participate in the $4 prescription drug program (WalMart, Target), though we cannot guarantee that the medication the student needs will be available on that program. A list of area pharmacies and distance from the university is on our website.
We REQUIRE every student to have a completed Student Health Form on file at the Health Center prior to beginning classes by July 1st for fall admission or December 1st for spring admission. If the Health Center does not receive a Student Health Form or the information is incomplete, a late fee may apply. In addition, a hold may be placed on the student’s account making him/her unable to obtain grades or register for classes for the following semester until requirements are met. If you did not receive or misplaced your Student Health Form, one can be located on the Health Center website.
All Student Health Forms are reviewed by health center staff, who check the immunization dates for compliance with state and federal regulations as well as review medicines, pertinent food allergies, chronic diseases and other health issues so that we may plan for and provide the appropriate health services when your student arrives.
Most common reasons Health Forms are considered incomplete
Typically, Student Health Forms are considered incomplete because the immunization section was not completed correctly or the consent for treatment is not signed. Please do not simply send a copy of the student’s “Childhood Immunization Record” although we want you to attach it to the Student Health Form. We need you to TRANSFER this information onto the mandatory immunization list so that pertinent information is not missed. If you do not have an official copy of the immunization history, the immunization section should be filled out and signed by a Medical Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, or Doctor of Osteopathy. The consent for treatment is at the bottom of page 2 of the form. All Immunization information must be in English. If a chest x-ray is required because of a previous reaction to a PPD skin test, the chest x-ray report must be in English. Please use the checklist included with your health packet.
Due to a national shortage the Mantoux Skin Test (TB Test) is not available. The Quantiferon Gold test (blood test) is available in place of the TB skin test. The QG Blood test is more accurate but slightly higher in price.
If you need to be tested for TB please ask us about the QG Blood test.
The Health History section must be completed and signed. If you student has an on-going medical issue, i.e., hypertension, asthma, diabetes, etc. it is helpful to have his/her medical records sent to us with the health form.
A physical examination is REQUIRED for all ATHLETES and strongly recommended for any students who plan to participate in on-campus activities, travel, or study abroad. The form is to be completed by a Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant. The physical exam form is part of the Health Form, which can be located on our website.
Late Fees & Holds- for those students with Incomplete or no Student Health Form
We do not want to assess a late fee or place a hold on the student’s registration, so we take the following steps prior to doing so:
Due to privacy regulations, all communication regarding the student’s health information must be with the student. We will not be able to take a hold off until all information in the Student Health Form is complete.
ALLERGIES, IMMUNIZATIONS, VACCINES AND MEDICAL/IMMUNIZATION FORMS
Immunizations currently required at Valparaiso University are those mandated by the State of Indiana. These include a Tetanus/Diphtheria booster within the past 10 years, two doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (the first dose after 12 months of age, and the 2nd dose at least 28 days after the first dose) and completion of a Tuberculin Skin Test Questionnaire and/or TB test administered in the United States within the past 12 months (requirement of TB test is dependent on answers from the TB Questionnaire). Some programs of study have additional immunization requirements, i.e., the College of Nursing.
Does Valparaiso University require a Hepatitis B Vaccine?
No, Hepatitis B vaccine is not required for Valparaiso University students. However, the Center for Disease Control recommends Hepatitis B vaccine for everyone 18 years old and younger and for anyone over 18 at risk of the disease due to behavior or activities. Valparaiso University supports this recommendation, but does not require Hepatitis B vaccine for registration.
Does Valparaiso University require a Meningitis Vaccine?
As of February, 2005, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that all college freshman especially those freshman living in dormitories receive meningococcal vaccine. Valparaiso University supports this recommendation but does not require meningococcal vaccine for registration.
Should my student get an Influenza Vaccination?
We encourage your student to take advantage of our fall influenza vaccination clinics on campus. Influenza is extremely contagious and spread by respiratory droplet transmission, making students on college campuses and in residence halls easy targets for infection.
Does the Health Center provide allergy injections? How do I deliver the serum?
Yes. The Health Center provides allergy injections if the student mails or brings the serum and physician instructions with them when they come to campus. The student Health Center has a standard form that we would ask your allergist to complete with orders for your allergy injections. The serum will be stored at the Health Center and the student can make appointments to be seen on a regular basis for his/her allergy shots. There is a fee associated with this service. You may contact the Health Center prior to the beginning of classes and we would be happy to send our allergy forms to your physician or you can find the forms on the Health Center website.
Class Excuse Policy
When a student is absent from a class, a laboratory, or an examination for medical reasons, it is the student’s responsibility to discuss this directly with the faculty member involved. The Health Center does not provide excuses for missed classes. Students may complete an authorization to release medical information to their professor. The Health Center will not release medical information or even verify that the student was at the Health Center without the student’s written authorization. You may obtain this form from the Health Center or on the Health Center website.
The state of Indiana does not recognize “philosophical objection” as a valid reason for exemption. Valid religious and medical exemptions are accepted. In the event of an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable communicable disease on or near the campus, students with exemptions on file will be required to leave the campus until it is deemed safe for them to return by the county Health Department and Health Center.
A physician or clinic offering immunizations must document valid medical exemptions. The student and/or parent shall contact the Health Center and request the form or it can be located on the website. You and your physician are then to complete and return the form to the Health Center.
The student and/or parent shall contact the Health Center and request the form or it can be located on the website to complete and return.