Parents, please know that we have the best interest of your child in mind. We understand that it is difficult to send a child away to school and we are happy to make the transition for you and your child easier. The following is a brief overview of the services offered at the Health & Wellness Center.
All physician and nurse appointments at the Health & Wellness Center are free. We do have minimal fees for medications and testing. If we send lab work to a local laboratory, the student will be responsible for the fees involved. Also, we prefer for the students to schedule appointments, but we will accommodate walk-in appointments whenever possible. Please encourage them to call 610-568-1467 (ext. 1467 on a campus phone).
Our Health Services team is able to see your son or daughter for routine medical illnesses. We are able to perform urinalysis tests and rapid strep screens, and we have some over-the-counter and prescription medications on-site. We are also able to administer allergy injections and provide tuberculin skin testing (PPDs).
The Counseling Center is a great benefit for your college student. With all of the changes going on in his/her life, sometimes all he/she needs to feel more comfortable away from home is someone to talk to and provide advice. If you notice that your child is having difficulties adjusting to college life, has suffered a difficult loss, or he/she just doesn’t seem quite right to you, encourage him/her to schedule an appointment with our counselor.
If he/she hesitates to schedule an appointment, ask him/her to complete a free, confidential on-line screening. The screening is set up such that your student can choose a topic such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, alcohol abuse, eating disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder and complete a screening questionnaire. By just spending a few minutes completing the screening, the student will know whether or not a professional consultation would be helpful for him/her. The screenings can be found by clicking on Counseling Services and scrolling down to Self Care.
We also need to let you know that all services provided at the Health & Wellness Center are confidential. You are welcome to call and provide us with information regarding your child, but we cannot discuss your child’s visit with you without a signed release from your son/daughter. A release of information must to be signed for both Counseling Services and for Health Services and can be terminated by the student at any time.
As a service to the Alvernia University community, the Health & Wellness Center, along with other departments in University Life and Athletics, is providing an online subscription to Student Health 101 to our students and their families. To learn more about this online magazine or to sign up to receive your monthly issue, please read the Parent and Supporters letter.