Health care is provided by a certified nurse practitioner who can diagnose, treat, and write prescriptions for common illnesses, minor wounds, and joint sprains.
Students are seen by appointment Monday-Friday, 9–11:30 a.m. and 1–4 p.m.
Health Service is closed during student breaks, summer, and occasional days during the school year. Students can access local providers if needed when Health Service is closed. Students with chronic medical conditions requiring frequent or specialty monitoring are encouraged to establish care with a local provider. Health Service has limited ability to provide health care advice over the phone and does not have a triage nurse available. Students who have the St Olaf insurance plan can use the Nurse Hotline for quick, sound medical advice 24 hrs/day, 365 days/yr @ 1-800-557-0309. Students not on the school insurance plan are encouraged to call their personal insurance Nurse Hotline. Students also have access to Zipnosis — a 24/7 online diagnostic platform that can provide a clinician-based diagnosis and treatment plan (as well as a prescription, if needed) for common medical conditions. To use Zipnosis, students need to register on the site and utilize an access code (sent to them by email at the start of the year).Students experiencing an emergency or urgent health care need are to call 911 and/or public safety at 507-786-3666 for transport to the ER.
There is no charge for office visits with a nurse practitioner, but fees may apply for medication, immunizations, TB skin tests, lab tests, and supplies. Ole Cards are used for payment at time of service. Services provided include:
- Visits with a certified family nurse practitioner.
- Laboratory services: glucose, hemoglobin, mono tests, strep tests, urinalysis, and pregnancy tests. Some lab work may also be drawn per outside provider’s order and results faxed to ordering provider. Students need to call at least 1 week ahead for an appointment to see if labs can be drawn in clinic. Billing will be by the outside laboratory. Students will need to bring an insurance card, orders, diagnosis codes, a provider fax number, and a phone number where ordering provider can be reached in case of an emergency. Notifying students with lab results is the responsibility of the ordering provider. Students may take lab orders to the Northfield Hospital laboratory, but suggest students call ahead @ 507-646-1201. Students should also check with insurance. Lab send outs, including STI screening stop approximately 2 1/2 weeks prior to the end of the school year and before student breaks.
- Reproductive care including contraceptive counseling, oral contraceptives, emergency contraception, sexually transmitted infection screening. Students may bring in prescribed Depo provera shots for administration. STI screening-gonorrhea and chlamydia can be sent out and paid for with an Ole card or insurance can be billed. HIV screening can also be done in Health Service or sent out using an insurance card. All other STI screening will be billed to insurance.
- Immunizations: Tdap, Hepatitis A, oral Typhoid prescriptions and Polio. TB skin tests or Quantiferon tests are also available. Students should contact Health Service about availability and cost.
- Travel consultations for St Olaf study abroad including advice on immunizations and health and safety for travelers.
- Equipment available for loan including crutches, canes, slings, heating pads, and educational materials.
- Referral of students to other medical providers as needed. It is the student’s responsibility to check with insurance to make sure referral services will be covered by insurance. Transportation-off campus transportation options for medical/dental appointments.
- Prescription Delivery: Prescriptions may be filled at local pharmacies and delivered to St. Olaf College for student pick-up. Prescriptions from outside providers are not filled on campus.
- A Flu immunization clinic is held on campus
by an outside vendor for employees, staff, and students during the fall semester. Students will be notified with details, including the cost. Flu shots can also be obtained at local clinics and pharmacies. Call ahead for questions about availability, insurance, and age requirements.
Services not provided include:
- After Hours Care
- Medical Imaging (Xray, CT, MRI)
- Allergy testing or allergy shots
- Yellow Fever immunization
- Attention Deficit/ADHD evaluations
- Mole removal/skin biopsy
- Ingrown toenail treatment
St. Olaf Health Service may not be able to handle every health care concern. Students with a chronic or complicated health concern, should identify a provider in the local area in which to transition care. Finding a specialist in the local area that a student can establish a relationship with is important. The staff in Health Service can help refer you to providers if needed. Students can visit or call Health Service @ 507-786-3063 for answers to questions about what services may or may not be provided. Health Service does not manage the Student Health Insurance Plan. For questions about the St. Olaf College Student Health plan, please see the Student Accounts website.