Information on ADD/ADHD, including medication refills

Medication consults are available through the Counseling Center, on a limited basis, to students who wish to be evaluated for possible medication treatment and/or for ongoing medication management.  Students must be referred to the psychiatrist by a staff therapist. Please be aware that appointments with a psychiatrist can take 3-4 weeks to schedule.

Students seeking Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) evaluation or testing:

St Olaf Health Service does not provide testing or evaluation for ADD/ADHD.  Resources for local testing can be obtained from the Counseling Center website.  Health Service does not write initial prescriptions for ADHD medications.  Local resources for such services are listed on the Health Service website.  Most students choose to seek ADHD evaluation or assessment with providers while at home during academic breaks.  Health Service will manage only those students who have been on current medications for at least 6 months and with stabilization of symptoms prior to establishing care with Health Service.  Students may be referred to off campus providers for management as determined by Health Service staff.

For Students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD needing continuing medication from home prescriber:

Many students, already diagnosed with ADHD and well managed with medications, typically only need intermittent follow up appointments with their home prescribing provider.  Northfield pharmacies can fill ADHD medication prescriptions written by out of town or out of state providers as long as the student has a written prescription that includes the provider’s active DEA number.  Most ADHD prescriptions are for a “controlled substance” and by law, cannot be called or electronically sent to the pharmacy and can only be for one month at a time.  Multiple written prescriptions can be dated the day they are written, but can indicate the specific month they are intended to be used.  For example, a student following up with their home provider in August, can receive 3 written prescriptions dated in August, but specifically indicating use in September, October, and November.  Providers will often write for a 3-6 month period.  The student can then take one prescription a month to a local pharmacy to have filled or delivered.  Prescriptions must be picked up from Health Service within one business day of delivery.

Students who have further questions about medication refills can contact:

Boe House Counseling Center: 507-786-3062

Health Service:  507-786-3063 or email

In some circumstances, Health Service can provide follow-up appointments and write prescriptions for continuation of ADD/ADHD medications when specific criteria are met:  ADD/ADHD Appointment Policy

Students who establish care with the Counseling Center or another local provider must contact or schedule an appointment with the prescribing provider for refills. Health Service will not fill prescriptions for students who miss appointments at the Counseling Center.