Student Health Center Getting Healthy, Keeping Healthy
The Student Health Center is dedicated to helping students get well and stay well. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial to the overall success of the college experience and positive academic outcomes. All students may receive health care through the Student Health Center.
Visiting the Nurse
The Registered Nurse can provided the following services:
- First aid intervention
- Illness and injury assessment
- Starter doses of over-the-counter medication
- Health screenings (e.g., blood pressure checks, height and weight measurements)
- Community health referrals
- Physician appointments
- Health education resource materials
Students are also able to make appointments to see the UPMC Physicians we have partnered with. Insurance is not required, and there is no charge or co-payment for this service. Costs for any prescriptions or other services ordered (x-rays, blood work, etc.) are the responsibility of the student.
Doctor appointments must be made through the Student Health Center. Be sure to contact the Student Health Center or see the University nurse for a consultation as far in advance as possible. The Doctor's office is located within walking distance of PPU at 339 Sixth Avenue, Downtown.
In the event that an appointment is unavailable, and it is not advised to delay a physician’s evaluation, arrangements may be made to visit a local Urgent Care Center. Typically, there is a charge for their services and the student would be responsible for any payment(s) required. The cost is dependent on insurance coverage/plans.
All full-time students must have a completed Student Health Record (PDF), including complete immunization documentation, on file in the Student Health Center (graduate & part-time students excluded). It is important the nurse has an up-to-date health history that includes information such as food/drug allergies, medical conditions, prescribed medications, etc. Please submit completed Student Health Record forms to:
Failure to submit a completed Student Health Record with proper immunization documentation may result in the student's inability to register for classes. To request a waiver of the immunization requirement, students must complete the Immunization Waiver form (PDF); submit the completed form to the Student Health Center.
The staff of the University's Student Health Center is bound by the medical ethics of confidentiality. Information provided will not be released to a third party, including parents, without the student's written authorization, unless legally required or permitted. Students who wish to authorize the release of confidential health information must complete Release of Medical Information form (PDF) and return it to the Student Health Center.