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We continue to monitor and prepare for additional cases in Iowa and will adjust the university schedule or classes as needed. Please check our COVID-19 webpage for updates and other information.

Health & Medical Services

Healthy in mind & body

The Health Services Department’s mission is to promote health in mind and body by assisting you in being successful during your college career at Clarke. By maintaining good health, you are better able to attend classes regularly, concentrate, and deal with stress. Students are served through direct services, referral, and health education.

All health services are confidential. No medical information will be released without a student’s permission.

Health Services is located in the lower level of Mary Josita Hall. Services provided include but are not limited to:

  • Acute care
  • First aid care
  • Medical referrals
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Non-prescription medicines
  • Educational health programs
  • Campus-wide biannual wellness fair
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Clarke student providing health services

Student Medical Checklist

Before you come to Clarke, there are a number of ways you can plan ahead to avoid or minimize the complications caused by illness.

  1. Update and bring a copy of your completed immunization records with you to campus.
  2. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American College Health Association (ACHA) recommends the following:
    1. MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella). Two doses at least one month apart if born after 1956.
    2. Varicella (chickenpox). Two doses one month apart if you never had chicken pox or if a blood test does not show immunity.
    3. Hepatitis B. Series of three doses. Tetanus (Td) booster at age 11-12 years and every 10 years.
    4. Meningococcal Polysaccharide (for meningitis). Recommended for high-risk students and as a consideration for all college students.
  3. TB Screening
  4. Health Summary: Bring a health summary from your health care provider if you have chronic health problems (like asthma or diabetes). This helps the Health Services staff to provide you with the best possible care. We also suggest you make an appointment to establish care with a provider before you become ill if you have ongoing health needs.
  5. Prescription Medications: Bring enough of your ongoing medications for the first month of school and bring a copy of the prescription with you. Plan ahead for refills.
  6. Bring a first aid kit. Make sure it includes a thermometer. Once on campus, remember Health Services are available to all students, regardless of health insurance coverage.
  7. Health Insurance Coverage. If you are covered under a health insurance plan other than Clarke Insurance, bring a copy of your health card to campus. It is important to check the policy to be sure that you ace covered for “out of area” for non-emergencies.
  8. Mental Wellness Screenings & Resources

Patient Rights & Responsibilities

The staff members at CHS are pleased to work with you to keep you in optimal health. We would like your visits with CHS to be valuable, whether they are to learn about and maintain your health or to help you recover from illness or injury.

We expect you to take an active part in your care. We can work together most effectively if you understand what to expect from us and what we expect from you. The following is a summary of your rights and responsibilities as a user of health services.

Your Rights

As a health care consumer, you have the right to:

  1. Service: Obtain reasonable access to health service
  2. Choice of service providers.
  3. Dignity: Have your individual dignity respected regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, class, physical ability, lifestyle, or other human attributes.
  4. Privacy: Expect that your discussions, examinations, and treatments will be conducted in a private environment.
  5. Confidentiality: Expect confidential treatment of all communications and records relating to you. Except as provided by law, your permission must be obtained before information is given to anyone not directly connected with your care. Before you consent to the release of information, you may discuss what information will be released.
  6. Access to your records: Review your records or obtain a copy or summary of the record when necessary.

Your Responsibilities

As a health care consumer, you have the responsibility to:

  1. Answer questions fully: Provide all information asked for by the practitioner so that we thoroughly understand your health condition. If you do not understand why certain information is necessary, please ask.
  2. Make sure you understand: Ask your practitioner about anything you do not understand concerning treatments, tests, or policy.
  3. Be open.
  4. Follow the prescribed plan.
  5. Report changes: Tell us about any changes in your health or adverse effects of any treatments.
  6. Know your health care providers: Try to know and remember the names of the people who serve you. We will do your best to make this an easy task.
  7. Respect your fellow patients and CHS staff: Show respect for your fellow patients and CHS staff by according to them the dignity and courtesy that you expect to receive.
  8. Establish healthful habits: Take responsibility for your health by establishing healthy habits such as exercising, eating a healthy diet, and not smoking. Avoid knowingly spreading disease.