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We are here to serve our students. We provide faculty and staff special services as well.
Our mission is to glorify God by providing holistic health care in a competent, compassionate manner with Biblical principles of excellence, integrity, honesty, accountability and love. We are committed to empower and educate students to achieve wellness of body, mind, and spirit through self-care advice, medical intervention, spiritual challenge, and a nurturing environment.
We do not bill health insurance for any service provided by us. We recommend that our students have a health insurance policy to cover costs for emergencies and non-covered services. Coverage should include providers and hospitals in the Nashville vicinity. A $500,000 limit per year is recommended with a reasonable deductible.
Effective April 1, 2018, all new students must submit their health forms to Med+Proctor. Please see emails you have received for further instructions. It is required prior to class registration and incomplete accounts could cause a hold to go on your record until all pieces are complete. The account must also be completed and submitted with the following documentation to comply with the state of Tennessee's requirements.
To submit your records through Med+Proctor, please follow these steps:
If you have difficulty using Med+Proctor, you may contact Med+Proctor at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the chat feature on the lower right side of the screen of their website.
This is a free service for students, but if you wish to have lifetime access to your records, you can pay $10. This is your decision.
Lipscomb University is required by law to comply with the guidelines set forth by the state of Tennessee which requires students to provide the university with proof of immunity against certain communicable diseases.
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. All students must 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.
Tuberculosis (TB) screening
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.
We have a TB risk assessment to help you. If you give any "yes" answers via the TB risk assessment tool, one of our nurses must determine if you require a TB test. All pharmacy, nursing and dietetic students must have a TB test every year in the program.
A TB test can be any of the following: a purified protein derivative (PPD) skin test, a QuantiFERON-Tb Gold blood test, (QFT) or chest x-ray administered within the past 12 months. It's your preference on which one you 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. If you are a returning student and have not been enrolled in school for one calendar year or more, you are required to repeat this test upon your admission.
If you're traveling in a country at high risk for TB, you should get a test six to eight weeks after your return to the U.S. We can advise you on if your travel plans put you at risk for TB.
Submit copies of documentation for MMR, Meningitis, Varicella and tuberculosis via Med+Proctor.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)*: Two doses required to those born after 1956.
Varicella*: Two doses for those born after 1979. (Or documentation of varicella infection from a health care provider. A blood test can also be taken to prove immunity.)
If you think you have had the MMR immunizations but do not have proof, then you need to have a blood test (a titer) to see if you are immune for all three diseases. A copy of your titers is acceptable, but if you do not have acceptable levels of antibodies then you must get a booster.
Meningococcal A, C, Y, W (MCV4, MPSV4, Menactra, or Menveo)**
Valid immunization records come from your doctor's office, health department form, high school or college records; proof of immunity by titer is also accepted with attached lab results.
The meningitis vaccination is also required for all student nurses, living off or on campus.
Need more information? Visit CDC—Where to find vaccine records.
*Required by the State of Tennessee
** Required by Lipscomb University for all students living on campus (administered after the age of 16.)
These vaccinations are not required, but recommended.
Payment will be due at the time of vaccination. We can give you a CPT code if you wish to submit a claim for reimbursement since we do not bill insurance. We offer the following vaccinations at University Health Services to students, faculty and staff. For other immunizations, we recommend the Metro Health Department, Shots or CVS Minute Clinic. Other vaccines may be available to order.
Nashville has many hospitals which provide excellent care. The ones listed are the closest ones to Lipscomb. If you are having a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
When should I go to the emergency room?
If you are having any of the following: chest pain, shortness of breath or labored breathing, profuse bleeding, broken bone, severe allergic reaction, sudden or progressing abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting over 36 hours, sudden vision change, worsening or new headache, severe pain, or high fever (>104 F).
Have your health insurance card with you, and know what services your insurance provides. The phone number on the back of your card will let you know of preferred facilities and providers. If you are transported to a hospital by ambulance, you will be charged. This is not a free service of the community. Length of ER visits can vary from two to eight hours. Consider visiting a walk-in clinic (listed below). This will allow an ER's doctors and nurses to concentrate on the clients who have life-threatening issues.
If you do not have insurance, the visit will not be free. The hospital will bill you for your visit. Emergency room visits are very expensive. There is a hospital that will accept persons without health insurance:
Metro General Hospital at Meharry, 1818 Albion Street, Nashville, TN 37208
Emergency Admitting Department: 615.341.4110.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1211 Medical Center Dr., Nashville, TN 37232
Emergency Room: 615.322.0160
Distance: 3.2 miles. Approximate travel time: 10 minutes
Saint Thomas West Hospital
4220 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205
Emergency Services: 615.222.6733
Distance: Approximately 4.1 miles. Approximate travel time: 9 minutes
TriStar Centennial Medical Center
2300 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203
Emergency Department: 615.342.1500
Distance: Approximately 5.5 miles. Approximate travel time: 15 minutes
St. Thomas Midtown (formerly Baptist Hospital)
2000 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37236
Emergency Department: 615.284.8484
Distance: About 5 miles. Approximate travel time: 13 minutes
2001 Glen Echo Road
The Little Clinic (in Kroger Green Hills)
2131 Abbott Martin Road
Nashville, TN 37215
Vanderbilt Walk In Clinic*
134 Pewitt Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
Minute Clinic at CVS
3801 Hillsboro Road
Nashville, TN 37215
Physicians’ Urgent Care*
700 Old Hickory Blvd
Brentwood, TN 37027
St. Thomas Express Care Clinic
1911 State St.
Nashville, TN 37203
Sport Ortho Urgent Care*
1501 12th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37203
TOA Ortho Urgent Care*
8 City Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37209
4300 Sidco Dr.
Nashville, TN 37204
St. Thomas West Hospital
4220 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1211 22nd Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37211
Southern Hills Medical Center
391 Wallace Road
Nashville, TN 37211
24/7 Crisis Intervention Center Hotline
Text 741741 and Type TN
Metropolitan Police Adult Sex Abuse Unit
Metropolitan Police Domestic Violence Division
YWCA Domestic Violence Program 24 Hour Hotline
You can find University Health Services behind Elam and Harding halls next to the gravel parking lot on the north side of campus.
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nurse Practitioner availability: 8 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to 4:15 p.m.
Allergy shots by appointment only: 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:45 p.m.
Lipscomb University Health Center
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
800.333.4358 ext. 6304
Terri Jerkins, MD, supervising physician
Erin C. Keckley, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, Director of Health Services
Dana Balch, APRN, FNP-C
Andrea Hardison, APRN, FNP-C
Melanie Stewart, RN, Charge Nurse
Julie Dale, RN
Julie Tanner, RN, Academy Nurse, Lower Campus
Susan Farris, RN, Academy Nurse, Upper Campus
Belle Cromwell, RN
David Ayes, DDS, CHR, MPM, BPS
Ali Williams, APRN, FNP-C
Kate Dove, RN
Anna Luther, RN
*We cannot discuss personal medical information via email.
Please bring your valid Lipscomb ID. We do not see family members or alumni. Lipscomb University Health Center is a member of American College Health Association.
Our 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. 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 sent to the emergency room. Referrals can be made to a local specialist when a student has a more complex condition.
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.
Lipscomb offers many exciting opportunities to travel overseas through the Study Abroad program and through Missions. 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 four weeks or more 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 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.
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.
If someone you know is suicidal, call 911, go to nearest ER or Parthenon Pavilion. Text crisis line 74174, type TN to connect with a counselor.
If you aren’t feeling like yourself, let someone know — the Health Center and Counseling Center are confidential places with people who care.
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.
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. There is a $10 fee for all blood draws.
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.
With recurrent orders from provider's offices please send the a HIPPA and Continue Chronic Care form to be faxed to health services.
We want not only 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 campus activities to 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.
We are here to help coordinate care for students with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy and assist when problems arise.
All those under specialist care are highly recommended to complete of information release form and give chronic care continuation form to their specialist to complete fax to health services so that we may better serve you and meet your chronic care needs.
At times we may need to work with another office on campus such as 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.
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 two injections at the allergist’s office and not have had more than four 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. Students must have an office visit with our Nurse Practitioner prior to initiative shots in our clinic. It is required that anyone getting an allergy shot stay 30 minutes afterward for monitoring, check with a nurse before leaving and have their own EpiPen.
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. Appointments for allergy shots can be made 8 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
We do not do allergy testing but can refer those who are having severe allergic symptoms.
Lipscomb University holds Health Record Forms on all university students for seven years. If you need a copy of your record, we must have the release of information form filled out and faxed back to us at 615.966.5286. Please allow two business days to process your requests.
Do you require a physical prior to admission?
Lipscomb Student Health Services does not require a physical examination prior to admission, though it is a good idea.
I missed a test (or classes) yesterday (or a few days ago). Can you write me a note? My teacher requires one if I miss class.
We do not provide excuses for missed classes. It is expected that you discuss your absences with your professors. If verification is needed that you sought medical treatment, we will write a note stating you were seen in the clinic, but this is not an excuse for class, the Gathering, or any other function with required attendance. If you are diagnosed with an illness that is expected to keep you out of classes for an extended time (i.e. mono), we will notify all of your professors through the provost office.
What will it cost for a student to see the nurse practitioner?
A nurse practitioner visit is $20. If you need imaging or lab work done, you are responsible for these costs.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Not if you are sick or injured. We can see you on a walk-in basis but those with appointments will have priority in being seen first. We require appointments for physicals, travel consults and women's health visits.
If you need to get allergy shots or need a travel consult, an appointment is necessary to allow the necessary preparation, time for your visit, and personnel availability.
What is a nurse practitioner?
A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with a master’s degree and advanced clinical training. Nurse practitioners function as health care providers and are able to provide the following types of services:
These are health links to outside sources which are reputable and for information purposes only. The inclusion on the LUHS website does not reflect an endorsement and cannot substitute for individual medical attention.
General health websites to search by topic or condition:
Abuse and Sexual Assault
Alcohol and Drugs
Mental Health (see Counseling Center)
Eat five to nine serving s of Fruits and Veggies a day
Calcium, Important for Bone Health
Learn about Dietary Supplements
American Academy of Dermatology has many topics of interest including sun protection
Medline Plus has lots of links to MRSA information
American Lung Association—How to Quit
American Cancer Society—Guide to Quitting Smoking
Centers for Disease Control—Travelers’ Health section
World Health Organization—Travelers’ Health section
The World Factbook from the CIA gives detailed information about countries