Student Health Services

Optimal personal and academic growth can best be achieved when physical and emotional needs are met. RCTC Student Health Services’ goal is to help students meet their unique health and wellness needs through various health care and health education services.

Student Health Services is closed during the summer break. If you are submitting an immunization record, it will be processed when we return in mid-August. If you have questions about your immunization record and/or need assistance with registration, please contact the Welcome and One Stop Center at or 507-285-7557.

RCTC Nursing, Surgical Technology, or Dental Students: If you need a Health Assessment or a TB skin test for Fall 2022, appointments will be available beginning the week of August 22, 2022.  Please check back in mid-August to schedule these appointments.

 Mental Health Therapy Services are available during the summer break. To schedule an appointment, go to and log in with your RCTC StarID and password.  If you need assistance in scheduling an appointment, please email Note: If this is your first counseling appointment, additional information is needed prior to scheduling.  You will see the required forms when you log in and select the “Counseling” appointment option. When the information is complete, you will see the available appointment options.

Zoom appointments are available for mental health therapy, but you must be located within the State of Minnesota.  To set up a Zoom appointment, email Pati

Available Services

Medical Services

A registered nurse is available daily and a nurse practitioner is available weekly to assist current students with their health, illness, and injury concerns. Available services include:

  • Evaluation and treatment of acute illnesses (colds, sore throats, etc.)
  • Physical exams for academic and athletic programs
  • TB (tuberculosis) screening
  • Depression and anxiety assessment and referral
  • Laboratory tests for strep throat, urinary tract infection, blood pressure screening, blood sugar, and pregnancy
  • Condoms
  • Over-the-counter medications for colds, pain, and stomach problems

Schedule an Appointment

If you need assistance to schedule an appointment, please call 507-285-7261.
Winona State University-Rochester students--call 507-285-7261 to schedule an appointment.

Fees and Descriptions

Acute Care Visit
Free  - Assessment of minor injuries or acute illnesses.

TB Test Visit
$15 - Skin test screening (Mantoux) for tuberculosis.  Must be followed by a TB Read visit

TB Read
Free - Interpretation of tuberculosis skin test (Mantoux) administered 48-72 hours prior

Annual TB Questionnaire
Free - Symptom evaluation for students who have previously tested positive for a TB screening.  Documentation of previous positive tests and related follow-ups are required.

RCTC Health Assessment
$25 - Required for students admitted to Associate Degree Nursing, Licensed Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology, or Dental programs

Sports Physical
$25 - Required annually for students participating in RCTC Athletic programs.

WSU-R Health Assessment
$25 - Required for students recently admitted to WSU-Rochester Nursing programs

Law Enforcement Student Skills Physical
$25 - Required for students participating in the Skills portion of the Law Enforcement Program

Mental Health Medication Consultation
Free – Evaluation and consultation with the Nurse Practitioner regarding mental health medications.

Nursing Visit
Free - Consultation with a registered nurse regarding general health and wellness concerns

Over The Counter Medication/Supplies
Free - Brief encounter with a registered nurse to dispense individual doses of common over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), nasal/sinus decongestant, etc.

Prescription Medication Renewal
Free – Evaluation by the nurse practitioner to approve a renewal of prescription medications.  Please bring current medications and medical documents related to the medication requested.

Mental Health Services

Licensed mental health therapists from Zumbro Valley Health Center (ZVHC) are available to both RCTC and WSU-Rochester students. ZVHC services are confidential and all records are kept separate from RCTC Health Services records.

Schedule an Appointment

If you need assistance to schedule an appointment, please call 507-285-7261.
Winona State University-Rochester students--call 507-285-7261 to schedule an appointment.

Counseling Visits

Mental Health Therapy visit:
Cost Varies - Visit with a licensed mental health therapist for students struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and other mental health concerns.  If the student has health insurance available to use, Zumbro Valley Health Center can submit the bill for this visit to the student’s insurance provider.  If any portion of the visit is not covered by that insurance (co-payment, deductible, etc.) the student will receive a bill from ZVHC for the outstanding balance. If payment for this service is a concern for you, please communicate that with us.  Our primary concern is your health and your success as a student, and we will work with you to determine if alternative funding may be available for you to use for this service.

Yellowjacket Check-In visit:
Free, one-time visit with a licensed therapist to discover individual strategies to manage your stress level.


Rochester Community and Technical College strongly encourages every member of our campus community to get vaccinated against COVID-19 (including booster vaccines when appropriate). Please help us keep our campus safe, healthy, and COVID-free. Order a free at-home COVID-19 test. Be sure to use your home address.

COVID-19 testing is not available in Student Health Services.  Students are encouraged to have a home test available to use in the event they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are exposed to COVID-19.

What to Do Next?


Appointments are required for all services. Drop-in or walk-in visits are not available.

Everyone entering the Health Services office area is required to wear a mask or face covering.

The office door will be locked to maintain social distancing and to allow time for disinfecting between visits. Use a cell phone to call 507-285-7261 when you arrive for your appointment or use the doorbell outside the door to let us know that you have arrived.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms may be referred to another provider or may have to reschedule their appointment.

Many services will be offered through virtual (telehealth) appointments. Be sure to look for a  Zoom link in a follow-up email after scheduling health assessments, sports physicals, mental health therapy, or illness/injury-related appointments. TB tests require in-person office visits and will be by appointment only. Students requesting single doses of over-the-counter medications will need to first visit the nurse by phone at 507-285-7261.

Temporary Parking Permits

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

Hours, Contact, and Location


Monday - Thursday: 8am–3:30pm
Friday: 8am–1:30pm

Hours are subject to change due to staff availability.

Closed school holidays and breaks.

Health Services is closed from May 13 through August 21 for medical and nurse appointments, but are open for mental health appointments.


Phone: 507-285-7261

Fax: 507-285-7129



Health Sciences Building
Room HS140

851 30th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN 55904


If you need assistance in scheduling an appointment, please call 507-285-7261.
Winona State University-Rochester students–call 507-285-7261 to schedule an appointment.



See specific fees under the Medical Services tab above.

The costs for most services are covered by the Health Service fee included on the tuition statement, so there is typically no additional fee to visit with the nurse.  A nominal fee may be charged for certain services or supplies.

If students have health insurance coverage, ZVHC will bill the insurance company for mental health therapy services.  Students are never denied services if unable to pay or are unable/unwilling to use their health insurance.


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.


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


Health Services Forms and Resources


Parental Consent

Authorized Disclosure

Dental Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, & Surgical Technology - forms will be provided by the program

Immunization Verification form

Health Insurance

Student Health Insurance

The Affordable Care Act requires everyone to have health insurance or be subject to penalties. There are several options available to students, which include, being covered on their parent’s policy until age 26 or by purchasing coverage through an insurance exchange. The insurance exchange is an online resource where you can find information about different health plans and coverage. is the federal insurance exchange. If you are a resident of Minnesota, you can look under Here you can access the cost for each plan and enroll or find out whether you qualify for financial assistance based on annual income. There is also a hotline available for your questions: 1-855-366-7873.


International Students – United Health Care Student Resource Insurance

Rochester Community and Technical College is pleased to offer an injury and sickness insurance plan through United Health Care Student Resources Insurance. All international students are required by Minnesota state law to enroll in the plan. A summary of the international student insurance coverage can be found on the United Health Care website. Please print and complete the International Student Enrollment form.

Incident Report Form
International Student Health Information
Other Resources and Information

Alcohol and Other Drug Information

RCTC Policy on Drug & Alcohol Use

Campus & Community Resource Guide

Rochester Addiction Treatment Centers


Bed Bug Information

What are they and what to do.


Hepatitis ABCs

Healthy Living with a Healthy Liver!

The ABCs of Viral Hepatitis (PDF)

This form was adapted from:

  • Minnesota Department of Health, Acute Disease Prevention and Control materials; Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B brochure, August 1999.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention materials; Hepatitis C brochure, October 1998

For more information call:
Hepatitis Hotline at 1-888-4HEPCDC (1-888-443-7232)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website:


International Student Health Information


Lactation Rooms

Olmsted County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) recently awarded RCTC with a Mini-Grant to support the needs of nursing mothers while on RCTC’s campus. The grant funds were used to purchase hospital-grade breast pumps and new furnishings for RCTC lactation rooms.


The Lactation Room Locations


Smoking Cessation Resources

QUITPLAN Services for Minnesotans

American Cancer Society

American Lung Association of Minnesota


Student Patient Portal:

Staff Portal:


Health Services Staff

Katie Swegarden, BSN, RNKatie Swegarden, BSN, RN
Coordinator of Student Health Services
Phone: 507-280-2887




Amy Nelson, APRN, CNP
Nurse Practitioner







Amanda Quinn
Office Assistant
Phone: 507-285-7261

Pati Hruby, MSW, LGSW






Josh Kaus, MA, LPC







Sheri Pearson, MSW, LICSW