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There is no charge for office visits at the Student Health Center, only minimal charges for some medications, testing, and immunizations.
Think of us as your family doctor at Colgate. We offer a wide range of programs and services for your convenience. Please bring your insurance information and form of payment to all appointments. Pay with ’Gate Card, cash, or check.
General Health
Students concerned about injuries and illnesses should contact the Student Health Center for an appointment to be evaluated by a health care provider.  Our team of medical professionals are committed to providing high quality, confidential and timely care.  To increase your odds of obtaining a same-day appointment, please call the Student Health Center as early as possible.

    If your illness requires medication, the Health Center stocks a select group of commonly used prescription and over-the-counter medications. While most medications are free to students, there are minimal charges for a few medications ranging from $5 - $35. If you require a different medication, a prescription can be filled in Hamilton at Kinney Drugs: 315-824-2200 (www.kinneydrugs.com).

Limited on-site lab tests are available, for a minimal charge, at the Student Health Center. Basic lab tests include: urinalysis, pregnancy, rapid influenza, rapid oral HIV and rapid strep. When students require additional testing, they are referred to an outside reference laboratory or Community Memorial Hospital laboratory, and their health insurance is used.  Community Memorial Hospital is utilized when a student requires X-rays or other imaging, for an acute illness or injury. 
Sexual Health
Student Health services understands that sexual health care can be very personal.  We provide sensitive and confidential sexual health services.  

Women’s Health Exam

Student Health Services offers well-woman health exams.  An appointment can be made by calling the Health Center at 315-228-7750. 

Women’s health appointments usually take about 45 minutes and include a physical, breast, and pelvic exam. A Pap smear to screen for cervical changes may also be obtained. If indicated, testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be done. Any questions and concerns about menstrual cycle, anatomy, sexuality, contraceptive methods, and STI protection may also be discussed.

Men’s Health Exam
Routine men’s health exams are encouraged; appointments can be made by calling the Health Center at 315-228-7750. Time is also given to address questions, teach testicular self-examination, and to discuss sexuality, contraception, and STI protection.

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing & Counseling
Students concerned about possible exposure to STIs should contact the Student Health Center at 315-228-7750 to speak with a staff member who will answer any questions or to schedule an appointment with a health care provider for further evaluation, testing, and/or treatment as indicated. STI testing costs range from $15 - $60.  Remember that STI testing is strictly confidential.  Student Health Services values your privacy.  STI testing costs range from $1 to $60, or a student's health insurance can be utilized.  

Contraceptive Counseling
Women interested in contraception options should call for an appointment with a health care provider to discuss options. The Student Health Center sells a selection of oral contraceptive pills for $15 per cycle (month). 

The Student Health Center provides free condoms – please help yourself – they are located just inside the lobby and in every exam room.  Free condoms are also available at the Satellite Clinic when it is open.  

Emergency Contraception
Plan B is available at the main Student Health Center at a cost of $20. It is available during our regular business hours, six days a week. To receive Plan B, please contact the main health center at 315-228-7750. The nurse will obtain a history, provide information about the use and side-effects of Plan B, and discuss contraception and transmission of STIs.  Plan B is also available without a prescription at local pharmacies, for about double the cost.  

Plan B is used to prevent pregnancy. Ideally, it should be given as soon after unprotected intercourse as possible. It is most effective when given within 72 hours, but can be taken for up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse. To learn more about Plan B, please visit www.planbonestep.com

If you are unsure whether you need Plan B, call student health services at 315-228-7750 as soon as possible and ask to speak with a staff member.  We will help you assess your situation.  

Pregnancy Testing
The Student Health Center offers urine pregnancy testing at a cost of $5. Students wishing to be tested should make an appointment at the main health center by calling 315-228-7750, or may walk in to the Satellite Center. Results are immediately available. Testing is most effective and accurate two weeks from the date of unprotected intercourse.

The Student Health Center offers pregnancy counseling to discuss your options. 
Psychological Support
Sometimes students need psychological support for reasons such as academic stress, family issues, relationship problems, loneliness, substance abuse, depression, anxiety and much more.  We encourage those who are experiencing psychological distress to talk with a counselor at the Counseling Center, 315-228-7385.  The Counseling Center is located in Conant House, behind the Bryan complex.

The Student Health Center has several providers, including a psychiatric nurse practitioner, qualified to help students with mental health issues.  The Student Health Center is able to provide help with medication management while a student is at Colgate.  We work closely with the Counseling Center staff to ensure continuity of care for the student.
Vaccines and Immunizations
Please note that the charge for your immunization is only the cost of the vaccine; there is no charge for administering the vaccine. 

The following routine and travel immunizations are offered:

  • Hepatitis A $80
  • Hepatitis B $70
  • Polio $30
  • Gardasil (HPV vaccine) $180
  • Typhoid Fever $50
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) $40
  • Meningococcal (Menactra) $115
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) $70
  • Varicella (chicken pox) $115
  • Travel immunizations
Travel counseling is offered by the Student Health Center for students traveling out of the country for study-abroad programs or personal travel. We encourage students to get their travel immunizations several weeks in advance of their trip. Counseling will include a review of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for preventive vaccinations and environmental risks for your destination.

Additional information about travel immunizations can be obtained by visiting the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov. The CDC will provide you with the most current immunization recommendations, as well as disease prevention information.
Allergy shots
Allergy shots are administered by a health center staff nurse during the academic year if complete and explicit physician’s orders and serum are provided. Students must make arrangements with their home allergist to have serum and treatment schedules sent to the Health Center.

The student will meet with our allergy nurse who will review the instructions and set up an appointment schedule for injections. Allergy shots are only given at the health center when a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant is present. Students are required to stay at the health center for 20-30 minutes following each injection to evaluate a reaction.
CPR Training
The Student Health Center offers American Heart Association CPR training including Family & Friends, Heartsaver First Aid with CPR & AED, and Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers. A small fee for books & materials is required. Please contact us at 315-228-7750 to schedule your group’s session.
Heath Services Shadowing
Dr. Merrill Miller participates in the Pre-Health Planning & Health Sciences Advising programs.  For more information, please see here.

We are happy to assist with a NYS Drivers License Renewal by performing the eye test for you at no charge.  This form can then be submitted to the DMV.   

Kinney Drugs can also perform the eye test through the pharmacy for a fee of $9.99. The results are then submitted online directly to the DMV, allowing you to complete your renewal online as well.  The pharmacy hours are 8:30 am - 8:30 pm  Monday thru Friday, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am - 5:00 pm on Sunday. The phone number for Kinney Drugs is 315-824-2200.

Referrals

The Student Health Center is able to refer students to other Colgate offices such as the Counseling Center and Office of Disability Services, as well as a wide variety of specialists in the Hamilton, Oneida, Cooperstown, Utica, and Syracuse areas. Transportation to these appointments must be arranged by the student and may include taxi, friend or Zipcar.

Health Education Information

Student Health Services, individually and in collaboration with the Counseling Center and Dean of the College staff, provides a variety of health education programs. Please contact us at 315-228-7750 to schedule a program.

What's Up Doc? Radio Show

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