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STUDENT HEALTH CENTER

LOCATION: Suite 71-235, John A. Kenney Hall   |   PHONE: 334.727.8641 or 8642   |   HOURS: Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm


The Student Health Center provides a variety of health care services for all enrolled students.  Your general health and wellness is important ensuring you are able flourish and succeed at Tuskegee University.  Our team continues to be at the forefront of issues that impact the health and wellness of our students, including helping students understand health equity and racial justice, and managing sniffles, allergies, anxiety, nutrition, immunizations, and general health services.  We’re just a phone call or short walk away in John A. Kenney Hall, and always ready to assist you in all your health - and wellness questions and concerns.

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Health Center staff will continue to provide on-campus
services from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
for students residing on or near campus.

Students should call (334) 727-8641 to  schedule an
appointment and to receive  guidance about their arrival
to the clinic based on their symptoms. 

Evaluation and treatment are available for:

  • common respiratory infections
  • minor injuries, gynecological problems
  • urinary tract infections
  • sexually transmissible diseases,
  • sports injuries
  • other acute illnesses
  • treatment of chronic illnesses such as
    asthma, hypertension, diabetes and others

     

For ALL on-campus medical emergencies,
students must call 4911 for assistance.

For SERIOUS off-campus medical emergencies,
students should call 911. Students will be
transported to the Emergency Room by Ambulance.

For MINOR medical emergencies, students will
be transported to the Student Health Center
during office hours or advised to go the next
business day.  After-hours non-emergencies
call 334-421-8200

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Medical Requirements for Registration (New Students)

As per the Alabama Department Public Health guidelines, and University policy ALL Students enrolling at Tuskegee University for the first time are REQUIRED to complete and submit the following prior to registration:

  • A Completed Health Profile (History and Physical) Form 
  • Proof of immunizations – two doses of the Measles or MMR Vaccine
  • A TB skin test with results (done within six months before enrollment) 

The Health Clearance will then be issued to complete the registration process. NOTE: New Students cannot register for classes unless these requirements have been met and students have received the Medical Clearance from the TU Student Health Center.

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Laboratory Services

A few in-house lab testing services are available, free of charge -- such as urinalysis, pregnancy tests, and rapid strep and rapid influenza tests. All other lab services are done through samples sent to Lab Corp and reimbursed as per Student Health Insurance guidelines.

*For X-rays, Ultrasounds, and other Scans, students are referred to local imaging centers and hospitals.

  

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Medications and Medical Supplies

All currently enrolled students are eligible to receive health services, information and counseling at the Health Center. The student is required to present a valid student ID to receive services. 

All medications and medical supplies dispensed at the Student Health Center are free of charge. Prescriptions are written for the medications which are not available at the Student Health Center. 

       

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Student Health Center Staff

Our talented team of professionals include:

  • Ijeoma Okeke, DO, Consulting Director of Student Health & Counseling
  • Darnita Hill Muhammad, DO, Physician 
  • Dwan Renfroe, Senior Medical Assistant  
  • Katheryn Williams, Registered Nurse 
  • Shakeisha Stinson, Medical Assistant 
  • Alicia Tarver, Medical Assistant 
  • Shirley McRae, Registered Nurse 
  • Vacant, Medical Assistant
  • Vacant, Registered Nurse
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Type of Medical Conditions Treated

Medical conditions commonly encountered and treated at any Primary Health Care Center:

  • diseases in young adults such as illness of the respiratory, digestive, dermatologic, genitourinary systems, and STDs. 
  • minor injuries, insect bites, animal bites, traumas from sprains to fractures are also frequently encountered. 
  • monitoring of chronic illnesses, such as Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma and Allergy injections are administered.

Mental health: Frequent problems encountered include, anxiety, mild to moderate depression, stress-related disorders and eating disorders. As indicated, referrals are made to mental health professionals.

Arrangements for Rabies Immunization are made through the School of Veterinary Medicine, and administered at the Student Health Center. 

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Non-emergency Transportation

Tuskegee University provides free non-emergency transportation to assist students, who are referred to the hospital, specialists, clinics and medical facilities. The Health Center staff can assist in making arrangements, and the University will provide return transportation service for students who have been transported. 

  • To make transportation arrangements for scheduled medical appointments, students must come in person with their Student ID least 2-3 days (48-72 hours) in advance to sign the transportation request form. All cancellations also require 2-3 days (48-72 hours) notice. 
  • If the cancellations are not made in a timely manner, a fee of $30 will be charged to the student account.
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Referral Services

Referral services are provided, if indicated to most of the area Hospitals, Medical Specialists, Clinics and other health facilities through a referral network. The student must be seen by the medical providers at Student Health for all referrals, except for medical emergencies. 

     

    

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Services We Provide

Primary Medical Clinic

Comprehensive medical services are offered to students for urgent, acute and chronic conditions. Students can receive unlimited office visits with medical providers. The primary care clinic operates by appointment only. Same-day appointments are available in most cases. Referrals to outside facilities, providers and clinics are available when ordered by the nurse practitioner, physician or requested by the patient.

Consultant Services

Physician specialists are available to students upon referral by Student Health Services medical providers for medical conditions that need further evaluation.

Diagnostic Services

X-Ray, EKGs, and ultrasounds are just a few of the diagnostic tests that can be ordered in Student Health Services through collaborating facilities.

Clinical Laboratory

Laboratory test are performed as ordered by medical providers. Examples of laboratory test done in the clinic are venipuncture, urinalysis, rapid strep, rapid mono, rapid influenza, urine pregnancy, STI's and other labs as requested.

Prescription Medication

All medications and supplies dispensed at the Student Health Center are free or covered by your student health insurance.  Prescriptions are also available upon health evaluation by our campus physician. 

Women’s Health 

Comprehensive gynecological services are available to students, including breast exams, pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) screening/treatments, as well as contraceptive counseling. Services are offered by appointment only. Same day appointments may be available. Students more than five minutes late will be asked to reschedule their appointment.

Health Education

The Student Health Services Department offers health information and education to faculty, staff and students. The peer health educators also host several educational events throughout the school year.

Flu Shots & Rabies Vaccine

The influenza vaccine and rabies vaccine is offered yearly to students, faculty and staff.  Watch for emails and announcements about the campaign.

Appointments

Appointment availability will be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Please note the following changes at the Student Health Center:

  • Limited appointment availability and delays in scheduling.  Appointments generally take one hour.  All appointments must be scheduled at (334) 724-8641.
  • Walk-in services are available.
  • All patients are required to complete a temperature check, answer screening questions and wear a mask.
  • At this time visitors (non-patients) must remain outside of the building.
  • Changes to hours of operation may occur

COVID-19 Operations -- If you have been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID19, are quarantined or under investigation for infection, or believe you have been infected, schedule a telehealth appointment. Do not schedule an in-person appointment and do not visit Student Health Services. Stay home and avoid spreading to others.

Living spaces for isolation or quarantine are available for students residing in university housing who test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to a positive case as an option if students do not elect to or cannot return home to their permanent residence. Meals, medical attention and support for facilitating academic accommodations will be provided.

Evaluation and Treatment

CLINICAL SERVICES

Evaluation and treatment are available for:

  • common respiratory infections
  • minor injuries, gynecological problems
  • urinary tract infections
  • sexually transmissible diseases,
  • sports injuries
  • other acute illnesses
  • treatment of chronic illnesses such as asthma, hypertension, diabetes and others

Allergy Injections - Students must supply their own medications and instructions from their personal physicians. There is a small charge for administration and students may arrange a time with the Student Health Center to receive injections.

Laboratory Tests - A wide range of laboratory tests is available through the Student Health Center.

X-Rays - wide range of diagnostic x-rays and scans is available through East Alabama Medical Center, Opelika, Alabama.

Medications - Some selected medications are dispensed free of charge. There is a fee for all other medications and injections which are billed to the student. Prescriptions are written for those medications which are not available at the Student Health Center.

Student Charges and Billing - Students are billed for chargeable services (medications, medical supplies and labwork) they receive at the Student Health Center. The Center does not file insurance claims for students, however students may recieve assistance with filing claims. Students who are billed by the Bursar will receive an itemized statement listing the medical services provided.

TU Medical Bulletin: Flu (Influenze) Alert - A common, highly contagious respiratory infection caused by a virus.  Incubation after exposure is 24 - 48 hours.  There are three main types of influenza (A, B, C) but they have the ability to mutate into different forms.  Outbreaks of different forms occur almost every winter, starting commonly in September or October, with varying degrees of severity.  Influenza affects both sexes and people of all ages.

Symptoms of the Flu - The following are the most common symptoms of the flu. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Influenza is called a respiratory disease, but the whole body seems to suffer when a person is infected. People usually become acutely ill with several, or all of the following symptoms:

  • high fever
  • headache
  • cough, often becoming severe
  • severe aches and pains
  • fatigue for several weeks
  • sometimes a sore throat
  • extreme exhaustion 

TREATMENT FOR INFLUENZA

Specific treatment for influenza will be determined by your physician based on:

  • your age, overall health, and medical history
  • extent and type of influenza, and severity of symptoms
  • your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • expectations for the course of the disease
  • your opinion or preference 

The goal of treatment for influenza is to help prevent or decrease the severity of symptoms. Treatment may include:

  • medications to relieve aches and fever (Aspirin should not be given to children with fever without first consulting a physician.)
  • medications for congestion and nasal discharge
  • bed rest
  • increased intake of fluids and antiviral medications - when started within the first two days of treatment, they can reduce the duration of the disease but cannot cure it. A physician must prescribe all of these medications. 

Consult your physician for more information.

PREVENTION MEASURES:

  • A new influenza vaccine is introduced each September. It is usually recommended, for specific groups of people (as well as for persons who want to avoid having the flu.) 
  • A nasal-spray flu vaccine, called FluMist, is currently approved to prevent flu due to influenza A and B viruses in healthy children and adolescents (ages five to 17), and healthy adults (ages 18 to 49). As with other live virus vaccines, FluMist should not be given for any reason to people with immune suppression, including those with immune deficiency diseases, such as AIDS or cancer, and people who are being treated with medications that cause immunosuppression.

Following these precautions may also be helpful:

  1. When possible, avoid or limit contact with infected persons
  2. Frequent handwashing may reduce, but not eliminate, the risk of infection.
  3. A person who is coughing or sneezing should cover his/her nose and mouth with a handkerchief to limit spread of the virus.
  4. In addition, certain antiviral medications are approved for use in preventing the flu. All of these medications are available by prescription, and a physician should be consulted before any medication is used for preventing the flu.

Health Insurance Information and Policies

All students are automatically enrolled in the Academic Health. The student must actively attend classes after the date for which coverage is purchased. The plan is underwritten by Plan Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plan, and is a Non-Renewable One-Year Term Policy.   For more information, visit https://tuskegee.myahpcare.com.

Policies 

The Health Profile form requirements include:

  • A recent Physical Examination done and signed by a physician. (Note: Certain parts of the profile form must be completed by the student prior to going to the physician).
  • Provide documentation of having received two (2) doses of measles vaccine.
  • Provide documentation of a recent Tuberculin Skin Test (TB Skin test) and results, unless exempted by valid medical reasons.
  • Please submit only copies of your Immunization records - indicating dates when the Measles vaccine was administered. TU Student Health Center will not provide copies of the Immunization records, which were submitted. It is the student's responsibility to provide them to other Universities, Colleges and Work-related requirements.

Through our student insurance program, students also have remote access to licensed medical professionals by visiting www.telehealth4students.com or calling (855) 870-5858.

The Health Profile form can be downloaded from the link below.  The form is also available on the Tuskegee University Admissions webpage:

Medical Information Form (pdf)

The completed Health Profile should be mailed to:

   Tuskegee University 
   Student Health Center
   1200 West Montgomery Road
   71-235 John A. Kenney Hall
   Tuskegee,  AL 36088

   Or Faxed to: (334) 724-4437

Proof of Health Insurance:

Tuskegee University changed Student Health Insurance companies in 2017, so access to the forms from both companies is below:

1. For United Health Care (the current company) – students can CLICK HERE to access the form.

2. For the previous company - Summit America (Ascensions) students can register in the member portal, and download their 1095-B form at the following link: https://myaccount.ascensionins.com/student

Health Education Programs: 

Wellness and Health Promotion Programs are an important part of Student Health Services.  Throughout the year, a number of educational programs are presented in an effort to improve student awareness regarding common health problems and behavior students should practice in order to reduce their health risks.  The Health Education Programs are comprehensive and provide education, support and resources to advance the health and wellness of students and the entire Campus community at various campus locations.  There are health awareness workshops, programs and presentations- throughout the year, notably from the time of the New Student Orientation programs, extending into the fall, spring and summer semesters. 

The Annual Tuskegee University Health Fair- is among the highlights and is presented during the spring semester. The Health Fair features free information, demonstrations, health testing and screenings from various campus and community organizations.

Community Service Outreach Programs are organized and implemented, in accordance with the institutional mission to provide services to the campus community, regional and national levels, which are compatible with the University's educational mission, that help to improve understanding of community health problems. We work collaboratively with other Campus Units, Local, State and National Health agencies to help develop alternative solutions to decrease and minimize the disparities in access to Health Care. Presentations on various Health Issues and Wellness may be scheduled upon request.

Campus and City Emergency Numbers

Tuskegee University Campus Emergency Numbers:

Tuskegee University Police Department........727-8757
Emergency Medical Services (on-campus)...ext. 4911
Counseling Center.........................................727-8244
Vice-President for Student Affairs…..............724-4746
Office of the Dean of Chapel.........................727-8322 or 8702
Dean of Students…………………….…....…..727-8421
Residence Life and Development.…….….…727-8915 or 8930
Housing…………………………..………........724- 8100 or 4617

City of Tuskegee Emergency Numbers:

City of Tuskegee Police................................727-0200
Macon County Sheriff...................................727-2500
City of Tuskegee Fire Department................727-2600 

Health Resources

Suggested Health Resources 

     



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Contact Information

Mailing Address:
   Tuskegee University 
   Student Health Center
   1200 West Montgomery Road
   71-235 John A. Kenney Hall
   Tuskegee,  AL 36088

Phone Numbers:
   Main Desk: 334-727-8641
Medical Emergencies: 911 
After Hours Non-emergencies: 334-421-8200
Counseling Assistance Program: 1 (855) 850-4301
Fax: 334-724-4437