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Education and FAQ

Education Opportunities

  • Student Health 101

  • Immunization and Infectious Disease Awareness

  • Safety, Drug and Alcohol Awareness
  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Breast Cancer and Testicular Cancer Awareness
  • Great American Smokeout

  • Healthy Relationships and Sexual Health
  • Vision Screenings
  • Body Image and Exercise
  • Audio Screenings
  • Nutrition Wellness Consultations
  • De-Stress Days

Confidential nurse appointments are always available for students with any health question or concern.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Student Health Services open?

Both campuses are open from 8am - 4pm, Monday - Friday and closed on major holidays.

Who is eligible to receive services in the Student Health Center?

All Full-Time Traditional Undergraduate Students, A.D.N, ABSN and DPT students are eligible to receive services in the Student Health Center. Eligible students do not have to carry MSMC Student Health to receive services.

All Graduate Students, Weekend College Students, Faculty and Staff members are not eligible to receive services, but are welcome to make an appointment for an annual Flu Vaccine.

May I use the Student Health Center at either campus?

Yes, all full-time traditional undergraduate students, A.D.N, ABSN and DPT students are eligible to receive services in the Student Health Center. Eligible students do not have to carry MSMC Student Health to receive services.

May I receive services at Student Health Center if I don't have the MSMC Student Health Insurance?

Yes, eligible students do not have to carry MSMC Student Health to receive services. All full-time traditional undergraduate students, A.D.N, ABSN and DPT students are eligible to receive services in the Student Health Center.

How can I get information about the MSMC Student Health Insurance?

This information is available on our Student Insurance page. Click here.

Do I need to make an appointment to be seen in Student Health Services?

Appointments are necessary for vaccines, lab testing, physical and well woman exams. Immediate need same day walk-ins are accepted for serious illness or injury.

What services do you offer in Student Health Services?

Physical Exams, Well Woman Exams, all vaccines required for college entrance and Nursing/DPT clinical rotations, blood testing including blood titers, over the counter and prescription medications, first aid needs and health education consultations.

Will I have to pay to be seen in Student Health Services?

There is no cost to the student for provider visits; however, supplemental fees for physical exams, laboratory testing, vaccines and prescription medications may be assessed.

 

Immunization FAQ

Understanding Vaccines and Proving Immunity

Vaccine Evidence of Immunity Post-Vaccination Serology Follow-up for Negative Post-Vaccination Serology

Hepatitis B

Documentation of three doses of appropriately-spaced hepatitis B vaccine, or

Laboratory evidence of immunity (i.e., a positive titer).

Not recommended due to potential for falsely-negative results EXCEPT for people who may be at risk for exposure to blood borne pathogens, such as health professional students.

Post-vaccination testing of health professional students should be performed 1-2 months after completion of the three-dose series of Hepatitis B vaccine.

Repeat a three-dose series of hepatitis B vaccine, followed by a titer 1-2 months after series completion.

If the repeat titer after two series’ of hepatitis B vaccine is negative, a person is considered to be a non-responder to Hepatitis B vaccine.

(For more information about Hep B Titers, see below)

MMR

Documentation of two doses of appropriately-spaced MMR vaccine, or Laboratory evidence of immunity (i.e., a positive titer), or Laboratory confirmation of disease, or Born before 1957.

Not recommended due to potential for falsely-negative results.

May be assumed to be falsely-negative and disregarded. Additional doses of MMR vaccine are not recommended.

Tdap

Documentation of one dose of Tdap vaccine.

Not commercially available.

N/A

Varicella

Documentation of two doses of appropriately-spaced varicella vaccine, or

Laboratory evidence of immunity (i.e., a positive titer), or Diagnosis or verification of a history of varicella or herpes zoster by a health care provider,

or Born before 1980.

Not recommended due to potential for falsely-negative results.

May be assumed to be falsely-negative and disregarded.

Additional doses of varicella vaccine are not recommended.


What is a Hep B Titer?

A titer is a blood test, drawn to determine immunity to Hepatitis B. Immunity usually occurs after 3 appropriately given Hepatitis B vaccines.

What will the results of the Hep B Titer show?

It will show that you have immunity to Hepatitis B = POSITIVE. Or indicate that you do not have immunity to Hepatitis B = NEGATIVE.

I got a Hep B titer and it was POSITIVE, do I have to repeat the test yearly?

NO, once you have received a POSITIVE Hep B TITER result and your results are recorded you DO NOT have to repeat the titer.

I got a Hep B titer and it was NEGATIVE, what should I do?

First determine if you received all three Hepatitis B vaccines by looking at your vaccine record. If you did not receive 3 vaccines then you should complete the series. Have the titer drawn again, but no sooner than 30 days after the last Hep B vaccine you receive.

I did receive 3 Hepatitis B vaccines and still have a NEGATIVE titer, what can I do?

Before being revaccinated, have a Hep B Surface Antigen Test (HBsAG) performed. This test will rule out if you are a carrier of Hepatitis B.

I just got the Hep B Surface Antigen Test done (HBsAG) and it said I was NEGATIVE or NON-REACTIVE, what should I do?

You may now begin the Hep B series of 3 vaccines again. It is suggested that you have a Hep B Titer drawn no sooner than 30 days after each subsequent vaccine to see if you have achieved immunity. Many people obtain immunity after only one subsequent vaccine. Once POSITIVE immunity is determined you will not need any more vaccine. No one should receive more than 6 vaccines in total.
 

I just got the Hep B Surface Antigen test done (HBsAG) and it said I was POSITIVE or REACTIVE, what should I do?

It is likely that you are a carrier of Hepatitis B. You will need to be evaluated by an MD to determine an appropriate plan of care. You will be counseled regarding prevention of Hep B transmission to others. YOU WILL NOT receive any additional Hepatitis B vaccines or titers.