Health Service is staffed by a medical provider (nurse practitioner or physician assistant) and administrative assistant. The types of services provided by Health Service are limited. There are times when students may need to access care at local clinics using insurance. Referrals to other local clinics are often given for conditions other than minor illness or injury. Students are encouraged to establish with a local provider for procedures, testing beyond simple labs, and management of chronic or complicated conditions, and referrals to specialty care clinics. For your convenience, the Health Service website has a list of local providers, including local Express Care and Urgent Care. Health Service can assist with questions regarding local services.
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 and summer. Students can access local providers by using insurance when Health Service is closed or as needed.
Students under the age of 18 will need to have a completed Parental Consent form signed on file before they can be seen and treated at Health Service. The form can be found on the Health Service website under Health forms. Once completed, please mail, email, or fax to Health Service.
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 the practitioner, but out of pocket fees may apply for medication, immunizations, TB skin tests, lab tests, and supplies. Insurance is not billed. Ole Cards or charge to student account are used for payment at time of service.
Services provided in Health Service include:
- Short visits with a certified family nurse practitioner or physician assistant 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, initiation of 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, student account, 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.
- Some immunizations and prescriptions for St Olaf January interim study abroad. Students may access local or home providers or a travel clinic for complete consultations, medications, and vaccinations not provided by Health Service.
- Equipment available for loan includes crutches, canes, slings, heating pads, and educational materials. Students are charged only if equipment is not returned.
- Transportation-off campus transportation options.
- 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
- Drug testing
- Medical Imaging (Xray, CT, MRI)
- Allergy testing, immunotherapy or allergy shots, or allergy medication storage. Local resource for Allergy injections: Allina Medical Clinic, 507-663-9000.
- Yellow Fever immunization
- Attention Deficit/ADHD evaluations, new ADD medication prescriptions
- Treatment or Management of chronic medical conditions, including mental health conditions, eating disorders*
- Mole removal/skin biopsy
- Ingrown toenail treatment
- Physicals (including pre ops, travel, and sport)
- Pap tests, IUD’s or implants
- Nasal flu swabs
- Specialist referrals, including Physical Therapy
*Students with an ongoing, 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 at 507-786-3063 for answers to questions about what services may or may not be provided.