Health Service Information

507-786-3063 · healthservices@stolaf.edu

Health Forms

Please complete your Report of Medical History and Immunization Record Online http://www.stolaf.edu/deposited  no later that JULY 15.

Per Minnesota law, your immunization record needs to be reviewed prior to matriculation.  Students who do not provide the required immunization information will not be allowed to register for classes.  If you are having difficulty finding documentation of your immunizations, it might help to check with your high school or your health care clinic.  The Report of Medical History will be reviewed when care is established in Health Service during an office visit or if needed in an emergency.

If you have questions about these forms or other health related matters at St. Olaf College, please contact Health Service directly at 507-786-3063.  During the summer months send an email to healthservices@stolaf.edu.

Immunizations

When you enroll in college in Minnesota, you may need to show that you’ve been vaccinated against five major vaccine-preventable diseases: measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria. The Minnesota College Immunization Law applies to anyone who was born after 1956.

TD/Tdap (tetanus booster) must have been given within the past 10 years. Please obtain current booster if needed.

*Please make sure you record the most recent tetanus booster on the online health record.

Minnesota laws also require post-secondary schools to provide students with information on the transmission, treatment, and prevention of hepatitis A, B, C, and meningococcal disease.

Information about Meningococcal Disease

Information about Viral Hepatitis and the Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B Vaccines

International students

International students arriving from countries with an increased incidence of tuberculosis (TB) or students with identifiable risk factors for exposure to TB and/or for TB disease should complete TB screening before arrival on campus.  The online health form will help determine who needs screening.  Screening needs to be within 6 months prior to college entrance.  If not done before arrival, it must be done within the first month of school.  Screening is not usually covered by insurance and students may incur an out of pocket cost to complete the required screening.

About Health Service

Health Service provides acute and preventative services for St Olaf Students.  Health Service staff is experienced in treating common medical problems.  Health Service offers initial diagnosis, treatment, follow up, and appropriate referrals for a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries.

Health Service is staffed by a Certified Nurse Practitioner and professional support staff.

Clinic hours are Monday–Friday, 9:00-11:30 am and 1-4 pm.  Health Service is closed during student breaks and summer.

There is no charge for office visits. Fees may apply for some services, medication, immunizations, TB skin tests, lab tests, and supplies.  Ole Cards are requested for payment.   Health Service does not bill insurance.

Services provided include:

  • Visits with a Registered Nurse or Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
  • Laboratory services: glucose, hemoglobin, mono tests, strep tests, urinalysis, and pregnancy tests.  Lab work may also be drawn per outside provider’s order and results faxed to ordering provider.
  • Reproductive care including contraceptive counseling, emergency contraception, STI screening, and PAP’s.
  • Prescription Delivery:  Prescriptions may also be filled at local pharmacies and delivered to St. Olaf College for student pick-up.   For information on how to have your prescriptions delivered:http://www.stolaf.edu/stulife/health/prescriptionrefill.html
  • Immunizations: MMR, Td/Tdap, Polio, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid. TB skin tests are also available.
  • Travel consultations for study abroad including advice on immunizations and health and safety for travelers.
  • A two day Flu immunization clinic held on campus during the fall semester.
  • Equipment available for loan including crutches, canes, slings, heating pads, and educational materials.
  • Referral of students to other medical providers as needed.

Health Service may not have the resources to manage chronic or complicated conditions, so finding a provider in the local area to establish care with is important for those with chronic conditions to do before an urgent need rises.  For your convenience, the Health Service website has a list of local providers.  Health Service can also help refer students to providers.  Please check with insurance regarding coverage of referral services.

Health Service does not manage the Student Health Insurance Plan.  For information about the St Olaf  College Health Plan, please see  Student Accounts.

Off campus transportation options for medical/dental appointments are available and can be found on the Student Activities website.

Things to consider before arrival:

  • Put together a basic self care kit.  Suggested basic items:  pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, an inexpensive digital thermometer, various sized band aids, cold or allergy medication, throat lozenges, tweezers, ice pack, antibiotic ointment, non stick gauze, adhesive tape, insect repellant with DEET, and sunscreen.
  • Consider getting a flu shot before arrival on campus.  It’s one less thing you need to think about during the school year.
  • Check with your health care provider to make sure immunizations are up to date.  Get a physical if you are due for one. A physical is not required for matriculation, but is suggested for all students before arrival on campus.  Having a physical allows your health care provider an opportunity to update any needed immunizations, refill medications, and assess health needs. Physical are not available on campus.
  • See your dentist for a regular check up @ least 6 months prior to coming to school.
  • Bring a copy of your insurance card or information and keep it in a place you can find it if needed.
  • Transfer prescriptions to a local pharmacy if needed.  See Health Service website for campus delivery instructions if needed.
  • Fall Semester a Time for Parents to Revisit Discussions about College Drinking: http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/media/NIAAA_Back_to_School_Fact_sheet_8_19_10.pdf