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.


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
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing

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
$20- 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
$30 - Required for students admitted to Associate Degree Nursing, Licensed Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology, or Dental programs

Sports Physical
$30 - Required annually for students participating in RCTC Athletic programs.

WSU-R Health Assessment
$30 - Required for students recently admitted to WSU-Rochester Nursing programs

Law Enforcement Student Skills Physical
$30 - 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.

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)

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.

Watch "What to Expect for Your First Visit with a Mental Health Therapist.

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.

Substance Use Assessment:
A confidential assessment is often the first step in exploring problematic use of substances. This assessment is completed in a FREE, one-time, one-hour evaluation where an alcohol and drug counselor will interview you in regards to your history of substance use, as well as other dimensions of health.  Through a series of questions, the counselor’s objective is to give you a recommendation that best aligns with your current situation and needs.


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, Location, Insurance Information


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

Health Insurance

RCTC Student Health Services does not bill health insurance for medical services.  Mental health therapy services may be billed through our partners at Zumbro Valley Health Center.  Students are encouraged to have their own health insurance coverage.

Any Minnesota resident who is a U.S. citizen, U.S. resident, or lawfully present can purchase health insurance through MNsure. MNsure a marketplace to shop for insurance plans. Once a person completes an application, MNsure will show the options available for your circumstances.  Help from an enrollment expert is available.  Visit for more information.

International Students – Insurance requirements and other information.

On Campus Amenities

Meditation Room
Goddard Library 204 is available for RCTC students and staff to use as a Meditation Room.

Please respect the following guidelines for use of the Meditation Room:

  • This space is intended for meditation, quiet reflection and prayer.
  • Respect that this is a quiet space. Please take conversation, music, game playing, electronics and any noisemakers to other locations on campus.
  • This is a cell phone and electronics free zone.
  • Bring in what you need, but leave nothing behind.
  • Please keep this area clear and free of messages. There are appropriate message boards for your use located on campus.
  • Study space is available in the library. Please do not study in the Meditation Room.
  • So that all may have access to the Meditation Room, please limit your visit to 30 minutes at a time.
  • Please respect each individual who uses this space.


RCTC Mood LightsMood Lights
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that most commonly occurs during the fall and winter months.  Using a box for a little as 10-20 minutes can be helpful to someone who struggles with SAD.  RCTC Student Health Services has placed boxes at several locations around campus - Goddard Library, TRIO/Student Support Services, Lower level study area in Health Sciences, First floor Coffman high tables, and the Heintz Center Cyber Café.  Feel free to use them!  Please refer to the instructions and safety information placed near each light and be sure to scan the QR code to complete a very brief survey so we know they are being used.

The use of light therapy lamps should not be viewed as a substitute for seeking medical advice. Light therapy is only one means to treat low mood or depression brought upon by seasonal affective disorder.


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.

If you need health insurance, please contact Health Access MN, an organization dedicated to making health care accessible for all.  The number is 507-589-8649.


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

211 Basic Needs Resources Hub

Rochester Community and Technical College and Minnesota State have partnered with United Way 211 to establish a statewide basic needs resource hub. The basic needs resource hub provides Rochester Community and Technical College students access to basic needs resources and support available on campus and in the community via phone, text, or chat 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  Resources for Alcohol and Drug Abuse are included in this hub.

United Way 211 provides free and confidential health and human services information. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need. If you’re looking for information about services available in your community for you or a loved one, they can help.

Text MNHELP to 898-211(TXT211) or call 211 (toll-free at 1-800-543-7709) to speak with one of their highly trained information and referral specialists. Your call is completely confidential, and they have call menus in English, Spanish, and Hmong. Interpreters are also available in any language.

Visit the 211 website to learn more or to explore resources and support that may be available.

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 Health Portal:

Staff Portal–Health Services Staff Only:

Non-RCTC students and RCTC employees do not have access to the Health Services Portal. Please call 507-285-7261 for more information.


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