Health Service is staffed by a nurse practitioner and administrative assistant.
Students are seen by appointment (scheduled through the Student Health Portal) during the week, 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 by using insurance when Health Service is closed or as needed. Students with chronic medical conditions requiring frequent or specialty monitoring are encouraged to establish care with a local provider.
As an alternative to being seen in Health Service, students enrolled in the St Olaf insurance plan can use the Telehealth Line (as soon as the policy is in effect) to talk with a physician for treatment of certain conditions 24 hrs/day, 7 days/wk without a consultation fee. The Toll free # is on your SR ID card or in “My account.” Students not on the school insurance plan are encouraged to call their personal insurance Nurse Hotline. Students experiencing an emergency or urgent health care need can 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 out of pocket fees may apply for medication, immunizations, TB skin tests, lab tests, and supplies. Insurance is not billed. Ole Cards are used for payment at time of service.
**Health Service is limited in the services it can provide. There are times when students may need to access care at local clinics using insurance.
Services provided include:
- Short visits with a certified family nurse practitioner who can diagnose, treat, and write prescriptions for common illnesses and conditions.
- Laboratory services: mono tests, strep tests, urinalysis, and pregnancy tests. STI screening and lab send outs stop approximately 2 1/2 weeks prior to the end of the school year and before student breaks. Students needing other labs drawn may take outside provider lab orders to the Northfield Hospital laboratory. To avoid out of network charges, students may need to first establish care with a Northfield Family clinic provider. Students are responsible for checking with insurance before having labs drawn.
- Reproductive care including contraceptive counseling, oral contraceptives, emergency contraception, and limited sexually transmitted infection screening. Students may bring in prescribed single dose Depo provera shots for administration. Costs for oral contraceptives prescribed and purchased through St Olaf Health Service can be paid with Ole card or student account. 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. Other STI screening will be billed to insurance.
- Immunizations (out of pocket charge, insurance is not billed): Tdap. Students should contact Health Service about availability and out of pocket cost.
- TB skin tests or Quantiferon tests are also available. Students should contact Health Service about availability and cost.
- Immunization travel consultations for St Olaf January interim study abroad. Students may access local or home providers or a travel clinic for medications and vaccinations not provided by Health Service.
- Equipment available for loan including crutches, canes, slings, heating pads, and educational materials. Students are charged only if equipment is not returned.
- Transportation-off campus transportation options for medical/dental appointments.
- Prescription Delivery: Prescriptions from home may be transferred to local pharmacies and some deliver to St. Olaf College for student pick-up. Prescriptions from outside providers are not filled on campus.
- A Flu immunization clinic is organized by Human Resources using an outside vendor for employees, staff, and students during the fall semester. It is held on campus in Buntrock Commons. Students will receive emails on cost, dates, and times. Flu shots can also be obtained at local clinics and pharmacies. Call ahead to those locations for questions about availability, cost, use of insurance, and age requirements.
Services not provided include:
- After Hours Care
- Medical Imaging (Xray, CT, MRI)
- Allergy testing, allergy shots, or allergy medication storage
- Yellow Fever immunization
- Attention Deficit/ADHD evaluations
- Management and Treatment of chronic medical conditions, including eating disorders*
- Mole removal/skin biopsy
- Ingrown toenail treatment
- Physicals (including pre ops, travel, and sport)
- Pap tests
- Nasal flu swabs
*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. Students can visit or call Health Service @ 507-786-3063 for answers to questions about what services may or may not be provided.