General Medical Care
Whether it’s an ankle sprain, allergies, or asthma attack or strep throat, a stomach bug, or spider bite. If something’s not right, Health Services can help! The nurse practitioner sees students Monday through Friday. Appointments and walk-ins are accepted.
Students are able to see a nurse for first aid and advice or the nurse practitioner for more in-depth illnesses or injuries. Most conditions that would be seen in a primary care office can be handled right on campus. The nurse practitioner is able to diagnose and prescribe treatment for things commonly seen in college students as well as perform physicals. General physicals require appointments and count as two office visits. Lab service is available in the clinic and off-campus imaging can be ordered when necessary. Students can get prescriptions filled at a local pharmacy or arrange for on-campus delivery by Deal Drug. Uncomplicated cuts requiring stitches can be taken care of from start to finish in the clinic.
We handle outpatient issues only but will monitor students for several hours in the clinic if needed for illness. If a condition gets worse or needs more extensive monitoring, a student will be admitted to a local hospital or sent to the emergency room. Referrals can be made to a local specialist when a student has a more complex condition.
Allergy Shot Administration
For those who have had allergy testing and are currently receiving allergy injections, Lipscomb Health Services can continue administering allergy shots. You must have had your first 2 injections at the allergist’s office and not have had more than 4 months lapse since your last injection. The patient is responsible for getting the serum vials to and from the LU Health Center and for making appointments to receive allergy shots. It is REQUIRED that anyone getting an allergy shot stay 30 minutes afterward for monitoring and must check with a nurse before leaving.
An Allergy Shot Consent Form
must be signed and on file. Both a nurse and provider must be in the clinic at the time of allergy shots so appointments are necessary. Times for allergy shots are 7:45 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
We do not do allergy testing but can refer those who are having severe allergic symptoms.
We are here to help coordinate care for students with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy and assist when problems arise. It’s important that we meet students at the beginning of the school year to get to know him/her and how they self-manage their illness. If a referral to a Nashville specialist is needed, we can make recommendations. At times we may need to work with another area on campus like Disability Services, Counseling Center, Residential Life, and Dining Services for particular needs. We do recommend getting a primary care provider in Nashville if you need frequent office visits to manage your health, and there are several close to campus.
Health Services at Lipscomb not only wants to support the academic endeavors of students by maintaining their health but also to increase their knowledge about their own health, promote healthy behaviors, and help them understand the healthcare system. We do several activities on-campus that educate students about health. Students can talk to a nurse about specific health concerns. The Health Center also provides handouts on several key health issues for college students.
Our website has links to organizations and medical sites with reliable information. It’s common for people today to Google symptoms or problems to find information but this can create a lot of anxiety when people see “the worst possible” diagnosis. Remember that ANYONE can put ANYTHING on the internet but it may not be credible or accurate. And just because a certain result was found “in a study” doesn’t mean it’s the truth; lots of factors influence a research study’s results and applicability to groups of people. The U.S. National Library of Medicine has a guide to healthy web surfing
. It’s always wise to ask a professional if you have a question about your health because each person is unique.
College students have increased risk of some contagious diseases due to the close living quarters and interactions they have with one another. Because of the risk of transmission to a large number of people, some vaccines are required at Lipscomb. We particularly encourage all residential students
to receive the meningococcal vaccine that protects against bacterial meningitis. The Centers for Disease Control has lots of information on their Meningitis
website including who is at risk, what causes it, signs and symptoms of the disease, and prevention.
2 doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella—this is for all students born after 1956. A titer that shows positive antibodies for all 3 diseases is acceptable.
1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine. If you have read the information regarding meningitis and wish to waive this vaccine, the student may sign the statement on the health form. Those under age 18 will need to have a parent or guardian sign a waiver if they do not wish to receive it.
3 doses of Hepatitis B—REQUIRED for Pharmacy, Nursing, and Dietetic students but recommended for all students. A waiver must be signed if a student does not wish to receive this series. A titer may be drawn with blood to document adequate antibody response from previous disease or vaccination to satisfy this requirement. The 2nd vaccine must be given a minimum of 4 weeks after the 1st shot; the 3rd in the series must be a minimum of 16 weeks after the first shot. The series does not have to be restarted if it was not completed on time; the next dose can be picked up at any time after the minimum timeframe has lapsed.
Tetanus—REQUIRED for Pharmacy, Nursing, and Dietetic students but recommended for all students. The last dose must be within the last 10 years.
Varicella— Required for all new students born after 1979 and all nursing and dietetic students. Proof of varicella can be completed by meeting one of the following: 1. 2 vaccinations 2. Positive titer for varicella 3. Documented history of chickenpox disease. Pharmacy students are required to show a positive Varicella titer. Titers can be drawn in the clinic for those who do not have documentation.
We administer many vaccinations in the Health Center for a fee. These are available to students, faculty, and staff. A consent will need to be signed and payment will be due at the time of vaccination in the form of cash, check, or charge to a personal student account. Health Services does not bill insurance and payment for vaccines varies depending on health insurance plans. We can give you a CPT code if you wish to personally submit a claim for reimbursement.
What we offer:
Hepatitis A (series of 2)
Hepatitis B (series of 3)
*Must be ordered on individual basis; allow 3 days for delivery
We have the ability to draw blood and get cultures in the office and send to an outside laboratory to help aid in diagnosis. The lab will directly bill the patient or his/her health insurance for any specimen. For convenience a student, faculty or staff member who needs regular blood draws can bring his/her personal provider’s written orders and we will draw the blood then fax the results to the appropriate office.
A nurse can draw blood to check a titer, or antibody response to a disease, if needed for school enrollment or job. We can check status of immunity for measles, mumps, and rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella.
For the occasional injuries, we offer crutches, wheelchairs, and splints for loan through our Health Center. An agreement is signed with a due date and charges are made to students’ account if an item is not returned on time.
Along with the Counseling Center
,we can help treat students with mental health issues. For those beyond our scope of practice, we are happy to refer to outside providers. Please note that we do not prescribe stimulants used to treat ADHD in our clinic.
The Counseling Center has a list of issues common in college students here
. The phone number at the Counseling Center is 615-966-1781; you can also request an appointment there online
! If you aren’t feeling like yourself, let someone know—the Health Center and Counseling Center are confidential places with people who care.
Our skin is our body’s biggest organ and can pose different problems for college students from acne and sunburns to eczema and athlete’s foot. We can diagnose and help manage most basic dermatologic problems, biopsy unusual moles, and freeze off warts in the Health Center. For those with wounds, we can provide first aid and further dressing changes. Small cuts that need stitches can be attended to in the clinic as long as it is below the face. We can remove stitches and staples.
We encourage the use of sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher with UVA and UVB protection whenever you are in the sun to prevent skin cancer. Tanning beds are commonly used but are dangerous! The World Health Organization moved tanning beds to their highest risk list of cancer-causing agents in humans. The ultraviolet rays can cause skin cancer and wrinkles. Use a sunless tanner instead.
See the links we have on our Health Resources
page for information on acne, sun protection, and MRSA.
Lipscomb offers many exciting opportunities to travel overseas through the Study Abroad program and through the Missions Department. It is important to prepare for your health while traveling as many countries deal with poor sanitation and diseases that are not found in the U.S. We can help you prepare for the different environment through a travel health consult. This is an individualized assessment of your personal risks based on your medical history, destination, type of locale, and the activities you will take part in. During this visit we will write prescriptions for any medications that will be needed including malaria pills, antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea, and give you the recommendations on immunizations. See Immunizations for what we can offer in the clinic; vaccine fees must be paid by the student. We do not carry Yellow Fever which is a requirement to enter some countries, but there are several local clinics that offer it.
Appointments must be made for travel health appointments at least 4 WEEKS before
you leave. This is the minimum time needed to allow your immune system to make antibodies after immunization. We will need to know the country you will be visiting when you make the appointment, and you must bring in a vaccine record when you come (the Health Record Form we have on record usually has documentation for MMR, tetanus, hepatitis B, and meningococcal only). Our Health Resources
page has links to information on travel health.
Students must show proof of a tuberculosis (TB) screening test, chest x-ray, or note from a provider stating he/she is at low-risk for TB, dated within the last year, on the Health Form at enrollment. A TB test can either be a skin test (PPD) or blood test (Quantiferon® Gold TB Test). There is a TB Risk Assessment
to help you determine whether you need a TB screening test. Pharmacy, Nursing, and Dietetic Intern students are required to have TB tests every year in the program.
We do both skin tests (PPD) which are $10 and blood tests (Quantiferon® Gold TB Test) which are billed to the student, faculty, or staff member or to his/her health insurance. At this time, it is the patient’s preference on which one they receive. The QFT is a newer test that is more accurate than the traditional skin test and does not require a follow-up appointment to read the results. Those receiving PPD skin tests must follow-up 48-72 hours afterward to the clinic to have the result read by a nurse; we do not give TB skin tests on Thursdays due to not being able to read the test in the proper timeframe. If you do not return in this timeframe, the test must be repeated.
Those returning from travel in countries at high risk for tuberculosis should get a TB test 6-8 weeks after getting back in the U.S. We can advise you on if your travel plans put you at risk for TB.
Women face specific health issues that need care. The nurse practitioner can perform routine gynecological care for female students and advise you on any screenings you may need.
Maintaining a healthy weight, body image, proper eating and exercise routine are issues that specifically affect college-age women. There’s a balance to it all. Whether it’s overeating or restricting food, the Health Services staff wants to help you be your best self and overcome the issues you may face.