Student Health & Counseling Services

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We are delighted to serve the physical health needs of UTM students. We hope that you will take advantage of this resource. Our major goal is to provide students with the support they need to maintain wellness and achieve academic success.

 

Students come to see us for a variety of reasons, including treatment for injuries, and treatment for acute illnesses such as the flu, sinus infections, skin infections, viral illnesses, urinary tract infections, and strep throat. We also provide preventive health services including well women exams/pap smears, contraception services, STD screening, and limited vaccine administration.

 

We do not provide after-hours emergency or urgent care coverage. In case of emergency, call 911. Alternate emergency resources are also available to students.

 

For a more detailed description of our services, please click on the quicklinks below.

 

Care for Acute Illnesses

If you are experiencing symptoms of an illness such as fever, sore throat, and cough and you wish to receive treatment, please call (731) 881-7750 for an appointment. We can also evaluate injuries, skin rashes and lesions and other generalized complaints such as headaches, fatigue and malaise. There is no fee associated with the office visit, but you may be charged a small fee for necessary lab work (strep test, mono test, urinalysis and so on) or medication. If you are taking any prescription or over-the-counter medication, be sure and bring it with you to the appointment.

 

Allergy Shot Administration

Any eligible student to whom a physician has prescribed and dispensed a desensitizing antigen ("allergy shot") for injection may receive the shots and store the supplies in SHCS. Allergy shots will be given only if written orders from the prescribing clinician are on file. Orders MUST include a dosage and administration schedule for each antigen or mixture. Students must supply the serum and maintain primary responsibility for reordering serum.

 

Allergy shots will be administered only when a nurse practitioner is present. Patients must wait 20 minutes (or time specified in orders) after injection to be monitored for signs and symptoms of adverse reactions. A charge of $2.00 for one injection and $1.00 for each additional injection will be assessed with each visit unless the student supplies his or her syringes and needles. A student who receives a dose while at home during a break must present documentation from the administering clinician before continuing the injection schedule at SHCS. We will not give the initial dose.

 

SHCS reserves the right to decline to administer allergy shots, or to discontinue administration once it has been begun, to any student, for any reason, at any time. The University of Tennessee at Martin and its employees cannot be responsible for adverse consequences of allergy shots administered in compliance with the prescribing physician's orders, or for loss of antigen/supplies stored at SHCS.

 

Women’s Health Services

Eligible students can receive a wide range of gynecologic and women’s health services including well woman exams (annual exam), cervical cancer screening (pap smear), evaluation of abnormal menstrual cycles, and routine gynecologic care. Contraception counseling and management, emergency contraception and pregnancy testing are also available. There is no fee associated with these services. Eligible students may also receive oral contraception (birth control pills), injectable contraception (Depo-Provera) and subdermal implant (Nexplanon) at no cost. There is no fee associated with these services. Students can call (731) 881-7724 to schedule an appointment.

 

Health Services providers are also available to counsel pregnant students about their options. Women who choose to terminate a pregnancy via surgical or medical (including RU-486) abortion will be referred to qualified specialists who have the training, facilities, and technology to provide the best possible care for our patients. Women who choose to continue a pregnancy will be referred to qualified obstetricians in the community.


Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Testing and Treatment

SHCS provides the following confidential STD health promotion initiatives to eligible students:

  • • Free STD counseling and prevention education
  • • Free screening and treatment for chlamydia and gonorrhea
  • • Free HIV and syphilis testing
  • • Free screening, management, and referral for other STDs including herpes, genital warts, pelvic inflammatory disease, and trichomoniasis
  • • Free condoms

To schedule an appointment, please call (731) 881-7724.

 

We encourage all students to learn about STDs and prevention of STDs.

 

ADD and ADHD Treatment and Management

We DO NOT provide testing or diagnostic services for ADD or ADHD. If a student provides documentation of diagnosis we can manage the medication. Please call (731) 881-7724 to speak to the clinic nurse regarding acceptable documentation.

Referral Services

If we determine your needs would be better met by an off campus provider or you have a chronic illness such as diabetes or need a comprehensive medical evaluation, we will assist you with finding appropriate community resources. Students are financially responsible for all fees charged by the provider/organization.

 

We encourage all students to maintain health insurance and have access to or a copy of the insurance card. The University of Tennessee offers a student accident and sickness insurance plan underwritten by UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company.

 

 

 

Make an appointment online or call (731) 881-7750.

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