Student Health Services


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PURPOSE

RCTC believes that optimal personal and academic growth can best be achieved when physical and emotional needs are met. The college years are often the time when students begin to assume responsibility for their own health. These years are also a time when many students are developing health-related behaviors that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

The staff of the RCTC Student Health Service supports, encourages, teaches, counsels and treats students in a college setting. Our goal is to help students meet their unique health care needs through a variety of health care and health education services. These services are available to all students at RCTC. stethoscope

Confidentiality

All information and health-related issues discussed with any of the Student Health Service staff is considered confidential. No information is released from this office without the student's permission.

Consent

Students under the age of 18 are required to have a parental/guardian consent form signed before receiving any medical treatments, except in emergencies or cases exempt by law.

Parent/Guardian Consent Form

SERVICES

First Aid/illness Care

A registered nurse is available daily to assist with assessment, first aid, and short-term care for accidents and illnesses. A physician or nurse practitioner is also available at scheduled times for further diagnosis, treatment and referral for illnesses and injuries.

Laboratory facilities allow for diagnosis of conditions such as strep throat, pregnancy and simple urinary tract infections. Referrals to outside laboratories and clinic facilities are utilized as needed.

Over the counter medications for temporary relief of symptoms caused by minor illnesses are available.

Health Screenings

Several of RCTC's academic and athletic programs require physical examinations. In addition, some employers require pre-employment physicals. Students can obtain these examinations through the Student Health Service as long as they are current students at RCTC. Blood pressure screenings and tuberculosis testing (Mantoux) are also available.

Health Education/Information

In addition to their academic studies, college students are often learning to care for their own health. The Student Health Service assists students in obtaining accurate information through the use of a variety of health education tools, pamphlets, and referral sources.

The registered nurse works with students to help identify individual health concerns and potential health risks. Assistance in arranging for appropriate care or service is provided as needed.

FEES

The costs for most services are covered by the Health Service portion of the registration fees. There is no charge to see the registered nurse or the physician. A minimal fee may be charged for certain services or supplies.

SPECIAL SERVICES

Health Insurance

Student injury and sickness insurance information is available through Student Health Services. See an overall description of domestic and international student health insurance plans.

Temporary parking permits are available to students with limited mobility due to a health condition or injury.


Appointments are required for nurse practitioner visits. Walk-ins are welcome for registered nurse visits, but appointments are encouraged.

Student Health Services is closed school holidays, breaks, and during the summer.

Staff

Katie Swegarden, BSN, RN
Coordinator of Student Health Services
851 30th Avenue Southeast
Rochester, MN 55904-4999
Phone: (507) 280-2887
TTY (507) 280-2968
Fax (507) 285-7129

Brenda Thomas
Office Assistant
Phone: (507) 285-7261
TTY (507) 280-2968  
Fax (507) 285-7129

Tammy Karp, RN, CNP

Lindy S. Hankel, MD
Medical Director



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