Health & Wellness Center
The Health and Wellness Center is located on the first floor of the Wegmans School of Nursing building in Suite 107, and is open during the academic year Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The Health and Wellness Center provides compassionate, high-quality medical and mental health services, and wellness education to students. In promoting wellness, we also serve as a health and medical resource for the campus community.
Services available at the Health and Wellness Center include visits for illness; women’s health; men’s health; counseling services; STD testing; laboratory services; annual health updates for athletics, nursing students and pharmacy students; and prescription delivery from a local Wegmans pharmacy. Over 3,000 student health visits take place each academic year.
Appointments are highly encouraged, with walk-in appointments sometimes available. Please schedule your appointment online or call (585) 385-8280. Appointments usually can be made for the same day. Remember to bring your St. John Fisher College ID card and health insurance card each time you are seen in the Health and Wellness Center. Visits to the Health and Wellness Center are confidential.
If there is an on-campus emergency, students should contact Security at (585) 385-8111. For off-campus emergencies, students should call 911.
The Health and Wellness Center does not provide medical excuses for classes missed due to temporary illnesses. Students who will be absent from classes for three days or more due to extenuating circumstances such as illness or family emergency should contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (585) 385-8034 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an official notification to be sent to the student’s instructors. The student should follow up with his/her instructors as soon as possible.
Charges and Student Health Insurance
St. John Fisher College strongly encourages all students to maintain adequate health insurance coverage at all times. The College offers a student health insurance plan with basic health care coverage. Information about the plan is available online. Health insurance coverage may be also available for New York state residents through nystateofhealth.gov.
There is a charge for office visits with the Health and Wellness Center professional health care providers. We accept health insurance and bill your health insurance company directly for services covered by your plan. We do not bill you for those services—only the insurance carrier. Because all students pay a comprehensive fee that supports the basic operations of the Health and Wellness Center as part of their regular college charges, we do not charge a co-payment for services. All students with a lapse in health insurance coverage will be charged $25 to their student account for each medical visit to the Health and Wellness Center. Students with financial hardship can request this fee be waived. Medical hardship status is granted on a case-by-case basis.
Fees for any lab tests are billed by the laboratory company. Students who need treatment or services beyond what we provide are referred to outside specialists or hospitals. Your insurance plan may cover all, part, or none of these costs. Students or their parents are responsible for all costs incurred outside the Health and Wellness Center.
Students need to bring their Fisher ID card and a copy of their health insurance card to each visit to the Health and Wellness Center.
*For 2016-17, there will be no charge for counseling services provided by our licensed mental health counselors.
Mandatory Health Requirements
New York State Public Health law requires post-secondary students enrolled in six or more credit hours in colleges within New York State to provide proof of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella and to complete and sign a Meningitis Response form indicating whether they have had the meningitis vaccine or have made a decision not to have it. Students born prior to January 1, 1957 still need to complete and sign the Meningitis Response form but are exempt from the measles, mumps, and rubella requirements except for students enrolled in programs requiring clinical rotations in a healthcare facility (e.g., nursing, pharmacy, and mental health students).
If a student fails to submit the required proof of immunizations within 30 days after the start of classes, he or she will be withdrawn from classes until proof of immunity is submitted. A fee of $300 will be assessed for reinstatement to classes. In addition to measles, mumps, and rubella immunizations, the American College Health Association strongly RECOMMENDS that students entering college be vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis B, and meningitis.
To ensure the Health and Wellness Center provides the best possible health care services, and all students meet NYS Public Health Law requirements, all incoming students should complete and return the required health history, physical, and immunization information.