Health Service Information for Admitted Students

507-786-3063 · healthservices@stolaf.edu

Health Forms

Please complete the  Report of Medical History and Immunizations Online at stolaf.edu/deposited  no later than JULY 15. 

Please do not send a copy of your physical as a substitute for filling out the form.  If you are unable to submit the form, i.e.,  incomplete immunizations, please print the form, complete it and mail to Health Service. You may send a copy of your immunizations to Health Service, but the online form with immunization dates must still be completed.  Please do not send forms or tuberculosis screening as a fax or email attachment.  Athletes submitting physicals and immunizations to the Athletic Department must still complete the online Report of Medical History and Immunizations for Health Services.

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.  Immunizations are self reported by the student on the Health Form, but students should have copies available for Health Service to review if requested.  If you are having difficulty finding documentation of your immunizations, it might help to check with your high school or your health care clinic.  If immunization records are not available, you will most likely need to get them again.  Please schedule an appointment with your Health Care provider ASAP.  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 Health Service.

Immunizations

The Minnesota College Immunization Law requires all students born after December 31, 1956, who enroll in a Minnesota college or university to be immunized against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Diptheria/Tetanus.  St Olaf requires all students to submit dates for the following immunizations:

  • Diphtheria/Tetanus—Td (dose within the past 10 years).  Obtain booster if needed.  Submit only most recent Td.
  • Measles—Rubeola, Red measles (2 doses after age 12 months)
  • Mumps—(2 doses after age 12 months)
  • Rubella—German measles (2 doses after age 12 months)

Minnesota law also requires 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   Students who have received the vaccine more than 5 years before starting college are strongly recommended to have a booster. Submit only most recent meningitis vaccine date.

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

Tuberculosis Screening

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.  Students who received BCG vaccine as an infant or child, still need screening.  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.

Students born abroad in countries with high tuberculosis risk, but living in the United States for many years without returning to that country, can submit the original screening document or be re screened.  Contact your healthcare provider for direction.

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 minor illnesses and injuries.

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

Clinic hours are by appointment Monday–Friday, 9:00-11:30 am and 1-4 pm.  Students can e-mail or call Health Service for an appointment.  Health Service is closed during student breaks and summer and occasionally, during the school year.  If health care is needed during those times, students can access local providers.  A list of those providers is on the Health Service website.  Transportation.  Students will need to bring an insurance card and photo ID for off campus clinics.

There is no charge for office visits, but fees may apply for services such as:  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 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.  
  • Immunizations: Td/Tdap, Polio, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid. TB skin tests are also available.
  • Travel immunizations and medications for study abroad.
  • 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 benefits and coverage by 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 and review how to use it when needed.  Suggested basic items:  pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, inexpensive digital thermometer, various sized band aids, cold or allergy medication, throat lozenges, Tums, tweezers, ice pack, antibiotic ointment, non stick gauze, adhesive tape, insect repellent 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 strongly recommended 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. If you have asthma, you should have been given an asthma plan.  Physicals are not available on campus.
  • See your dentist for a regular check up @ least 6 months prior to coming to school.
  • If you wear contacts, bring a back up pair of glasses to campus.
  • 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.