What We Do
The College Health Services is open for student care daily during the regular academic year.
Students are seen by appointments. Students with sudden onset of illness or injury should call for an appointment. We will do our best to accommodate a same day appointment, but understand that it is not always possible. To make an appointment, dial ext. 7261 on campus or 410-778-7261 off campus. During busy cold and flu seasons we aren’t able to check our e-mail as frequently as we would like, so calling for an appointment would be a better option.
Students will be seen by the Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse, or Physician. You must present your college ID card to receive services. All services are confidential and information cannot be released to administration, faculty, parents, etc., without your permission. Students requiring more extensive evaluation, testing or admission are referred to the local hospital, Chester River Hospital Center.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Health Center?
The Health Center is located between Caroline and Queen Anne Dorms.
We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
What can I do for an emergency or after hours?
The Emergency Department at Chester River Hospital Center is located directly behind Minta Martin and Reid Dormitories.
If you need assistance you can call Public Safety at 410-778-7810 (ext 7810 on campus) or 911.
Check with your RA for minor problems. Your RA keeps a first aid kit on the hall that contains bandages, Tylenol, Advil, cold medications, antibiotic ointment, etc.
Can I just walk in to be seen?
Unless it is an urgent care problem appointments are required.
To make an appointment you can stop in or call 410-778-7261 (ext 7261 from a campus phone).
If you call in the morning you can usually get an appointment for the same day.
Are there any costs associated with a visit?
There may be charges when you visit the Health Center for tests done or medications given.
There is no charge for the visit.
Charges are billed back to your student account and will show up on the following month’s bill.
Why do they ask when my last period was?
All women of childbearing age should be asked this question at every health care visit.
Irregular or missed periods can be a sign of underlying conditions that may be serious.
Many medications including over the counter medication should not be given if there is any chance of pregnancy.
Why am I asked questions about smoking?
Smoking is a dangerous habit and can cause many health problems.
We want to make sure we have the opportunity to educate students about the dangers of tobacco use.
The current trend is for college campuses to become smoke free.
Washington College has begun to explore this option. The college offers smoking cessation assistance for students.
Why am I asked about medications I am taking?
All medications have side effects and can interact with other medicines and even foods.
It is important that you know what medications—including over the counter medications, vitamins and even herbal supplements—you are taking, how often you take them, and the dosage.
We want to make sure that what you are taking isn’t causing your symptoms and won’t interact with medicines we prescribe.
Who will see me if I have an appointment?
The Health Center is staffed with nurse practitioners (NPs) and a registered nurse.
The NPs can handle most problems you may have while on campus. They can do exams, order labs and x-rays and write prescriptions.
There is a physician available for more complicated or serious conditions Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.
Is my health information confidential?
Your visit to the Health Center is confidential.
We do not release any of your medical information without your permission.
- If you call your parents about your visit and then your parent calls us we cannot give them any information.
- If you would like us to talk to a parent please give us permission before you leave the Health Center. We are happy to call and speak with them while you are here
- If we think it is important to talk with a parent we may ask if you will call them while you are in the Health Center.
Can I get a class excuse from the Health Center?
We do not give class excuses. The only exceptions to this are if you are going to miss more than three consecutive days of classes or in case of hospitalization.
We do not release any health information to professors or Student Affairs under any circumstances.
The only exception to release of health information without permission is in the event of an emergency or if you are deemed a danger to yourself or others. In these cases family and/or school officials must be notified.
What services does the Health Center offer?
The Health Center can take care of most of the health issues you might have while at college such as:
- Cold, Flu, and other minor illnesses
- Management of some chronic conditions
- Minor injuries
- Allergy shots
- Women’s contraceptive services including Plan B
- Testing for sexually transmitted infections
- Smoking cessation.