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Frequently Asked Questions

What does it cost to be seen at the Student Health Center?

Most professional services provided to students in the Health Center are free of charge. Outside services such as laboratory tests and gynecological exams may require a small fee.

Who can be seen in the Health Center?

All students currently enrolled and attending classes can be seen and treated at the Health Center.

Can my family be seen in the Health Center?

Because the student health center is supported directly by the student health fee, we can only treat enrolled students.

Who provides the care in the Health Center?

Our staff consists of Registered Nurses, Medical Doctors, and licensed Clinical Psychologists.

Do I need health insurance in order to get care at the Health Center?

No, Your student health fee that is paid with your tuition is all you need.

Can I get health insurance through the student health center?

The OCC Student Health Center does not provide health insurance, but the health center staff can give you information about low-cost insurance plans for college students.

How do I get an appointment?

Appointment can be made in person at the health center or by phone.  You must bring your current student I.D. card and be enrolled and attending classes.

Where are you located?

The Student Health Center is located facing Fairview Road in parking lot "A", next to the gymnasium.

What services are available?

The Student Health Center offers treatment for acute short-term illnesses and injuries, women's health services and contraception, physical exams, and lab testing (such as throat cultures, pregnancy testing, and testing for sexually transmitted infections-STIs). In addition, we offer tuberculosis skin tests. Over the counter medications such as Tylenol and ibuprofen are available free of charge, and we offer free condoms. Our mental health program provides our students up to eight visits with a clinical psychologist. We can make referrals to community agencies, or help to find appropriate local resources that fit your needs. All services are confidential except in cases where law requires reporting.

When is the Health Center open?

We are open Monday - Thursday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm during the Fall and Spring Semesters. The Student Health Center is closed on Fridays, weekends, college holidays, and during semester breaks. Please call for Summer and Intersession hours.

How do I get to see the Nurse?

Come into the Student Health Center or call to schedule an appointment.

Will details of my medical care be kept absolutely Confidential…even from my parents?

All medical records are CONFIDENTIAL. Your medical records will not be released to anyone else without your written consent, except in cases where it is required by law.

What if I don’t know where to go to receive affordable medical help?

Any of the Nurses at the Health Center will be able to help you find a referral that is close to school or your home.

Does the staff at the student health center consist of "real" doctors and nurses?

Yes, all the clinic staff are licensed professionals.

Can I get a complete physical or gynecologic exam at the student health center?

Yes, physicals and gynecology exams are available to students. These appointments must be scheduled.

How long can I continue to receive help from the mental health team at the health center?

Due to the need for this service, visits are limited to eight during a student's time at OCC. If the student & therapist decided longer term of counseling would be beneficial, a community referral is made.

How soon can I be seen by a doctor or nurse…is there generally a long waiting time in scheduling?

Students can expect to see the nurse or doctor within the same week which he/she initially visited or called the Health Center.

Do the doctors and/or nurses at the health center treat skin conditions (dermatology)?

Yes, most skin problems can be treated by family practice physicians. Occasionally, a persistent or long-term problem will need to be referred to a specialist in the community (dermatologist). Remember, the student health center concentrates on the diagnosis and treatment of short-term episodic illness. We do not remove warts.