No. All currently enrolled students are eligible to be seen at the UNI Student Health Clinic.
Health alert regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus):
We are following guidance from state and local public health officials (and the CDC) regarding this outbreak. At this time, the Iowa Department of Public Health is not recommending any additional travel screening, but for our healthcare providers to continue the travel history screening that is always done as part of a clinical evaluation. Student Health is in direct communication with the health officials who are closely monitoring the situation in our community and state, and will implement any recommendations they might have for screening or management of the outbreak. For more information on this emerging health issue, see information from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the CDC.
If you have traveled to/from China in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a healthcare office, call ahead and tell them about your travel and your symptoms.
Students with any health-related concerns or questions, please contact the Student Health Clinic at (319)-273-2009 opt.#1. After hours care options are available on our website.
The UNI Student Health Clinic has recently seen an increased number of students who have tested positive for the flu. Currently, flu is widespread in the State of Iowa. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that so far this season there have been at least 15 million flu illnesses, 140,000 hospitalizations and 8,200 deaths from flu. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. Each case of the flu can vary from mild to severe illness.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the Student Health Clinic has "real" health care providers who are licensed and board certified physicians, physician assistants, and a nurse practitioner.
Yes, we offer testing for a variety of sexually transmitted diseases and infections, including free chlamydia and gonorrhea screening.
We recommend you call 319-273-2009 to make an appointment. The UNI Student Health Clinic reserves 70% of its appointments for same-day urgent illness and injury.
Effective September 1, 2009 the UNI Student Health Clinic made the decision to no longer provide medical excuses for missed classes, exams, assignments or work. This practice is similar to other universities and is consistent with the recommendations of the American College Health Association.
The decision to change our policy is based on our limited resources, which are better dedicated to providing health care. Additionally, students may have effectively managed through self care and thus we are unable to make valid determinations about illnesses or injuries. Requiring written excuses would make many students come to the Student Health Clinic only after they are better just to get a note for their professor.
The Student Health Clinic encourages students to make mature decisions when they are too sick to attend class. Class attendance is an administrative matter between faculty and students. If a student misses class due to an illness, injury or an emergency, the student should contact their professor, preferably before the class or exam takes place. Students should communicate with him/her either via phone or e-mail. It is the student's responsibility to work with their professor on missed assignments or exams.
An ill student is the only one able to determine if they are too ill to fulfill expected academic responsibilities. The student must honestly decide whether or not they can do their work and take responsibility for this. Furthermore, the academic relationship between the student and professor must remain in the classroom. The professor is in the best position to know the student and to judge the students academic performance. It can be helpful to encourage the student to be as open as possible in sharing with you how their condition has been affecting their studies. Together faculty and students can work to a resolution on the missed assignments or exams. All decisions about the impact of an absence, as well as any arrangements for making up work, rest with the instructors.
Students should make every attempt to work directly with their professor. If a student needs additional assistance, after addressing the concern with a professor, they can go to the department head. If a student still feels they need assistance, they may contact the dean of the College. If students have exhausted all of these other options, they should contact the Provost's office.
The Student Health Clinic uses criteria for students who think they have ADD or ADHD. Please read the following for more information.
Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are characterized by a number of symptoms that often begin in early childhood. Impaired concentration, problems with attention, impulsive behaviors, fidgeting and distractibility are a few of the common symptoms. It is important to have a thorough evaluation since these symptoms could be the result of other conditions or factors not related to ADD/ADHD, including other learning disabilities, emotional or medical issues. The following information is provided to answer questions for students seeking initial evaluation for symptoms and/or for students already being treated for ADD/ADHD. This process requires student participation and demonstration of sincerity.
Currently, NOT on Medication
To qualify for medication evaluation for the treatment of ADD/ADHD, formal psychological and educational testing must be completed. Formal testing is available on campus through the Psychological Assessment Clinic. For further information for off campus testing, please call the UNI Student Health Clinic at 319-273-2009. This testing is expensive, so make sure to check for possible insurance coverage before proceeding with the testing. The UNI Psychological Assessment Clinic does not bill insurance companies. After testing has been completed, the results must be released to the UNI Student Health Clinic for review prior to further action.
If previous testing has been done, it must meet certain standards and be current, having been completed within the past 3 years.
No treatment will be provided unless all appropriate testing has been done and the requirements for treatment are met.
Currently on Medication
For patients currently on ADD/ADHD medications, certain criteria must be met before a UNI Student Health Clinic medical provider will prescribe these medications. There is no guarantee that the same treatment will be continued. Patients have the option of continuing to receive their medication from their previous medical provider, either in person when visiting home or thru the mail system. If a patient wishes to have care transferred to the UNI Student Health Clinic, the following steps must be taken:
- Send a request for records to your previous medical provider and psychologist for copies of your formal psychological and educational testing within the past 3 years confirming your ADD/ADHD diagnosis and copies of your medication records. These records should be sent/faxed (319-273-7030) to the UNI Student Health Clinic for review. The request for medical records form can be obtained in person at the UNI Student Health Clinic.
- Make sure you have a sufficient supply of your medication from your previous medical provider to allow for time needed for your records to arrive and be reviewed by a UNI Student Health Clinic medical provider.
- After 3 – 4 weeks of sending the request for records, call the UNI Student Health Clinic at 319-273-2009 to confirm that the records were received and reviewed. If appropriate, an appointment will then be made with a UNI Student Health Clinic mental health provider.
- The UNI Student Health Clinic mental health provider may request certain medical/lab exams for safety monitoring.
In general, there is no charge for most services provided at Student Health Clinic by staff physicians, physician assistants, and nurses. Students who are taking five credits or more will be assessed the Mandatory Health Fee. The MHF provides individualized visits with our health care providers at no additional fee. We do assess fees for the following: psychiatric services, annual physical exams, medications, procedures, immunizations, supplies, and some laboratory tests provided at the Student Health Clinic or sent out to our reference laboratory. We will file a health insurance claim on your behalf if you provide copies of your health insurance coverage.
The Student Health Clinic is an AAAHC accredited facility. We participate in a voluntary site survey to measure the quality of our services and performance against nationally recognized standards of The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.