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Services Provided

Medical services at Health & Wellness Services are provided by a physician, nurse practitioners, registered nurses(RN), and licensed practical nurses (LPN). Laboratory tests can be performed within Health & Wellness Service by our medical technologist.

All information is managed in a confidential and personal manner. Some of the most common services provided are listed below. Please contact the Ask-A-Nurse if you have questions regarding your appointment. And please take time to review our Appointment Verification Policy if you have questions regarding missed class or work.

The active daily life of the college student not uncommonly leads to injury. Health & Wellness Services is equipped to evaluate injuries such as fractures, sprains, strains or bruises, as a few examples. We are able to provide suturing of lacerations and removal of sutures.  Supplies for care of acute injuries are also available at a reduced cost. Crutches are available for purchase.

People with multiple allergies (hay fever, asthma, etc.) sometimes benefit from allergy desensitization injections. Allergy injections can be administered by registered nurses at Health & Wellness Services. These nurses will follow your allergist’s recommendations and contact him/her for further orders when necessary. Orders from your home allergist must be presented along with your allergy serums from your home allergy clinic. Please make an appointment with a nurse for allergy injections. A waiting period of 30 minutes after the injection is mandatory.
Nurses are available to check your blood pressure without an appointment. You will be asked to sit for 10 minutes to ensure accuracy. For evaluation regarding high/low blood pressure, please schedule an appointment with our physician or nurse practitioner.

A provider can prescribe many types of birth control to meet the contraceptive needs of the college population. In addition to the most common forms of birth control, we also offer Nexplanon and Mirena as options. If you have never been prescribed birth control in the past, you will receive education from a RN prior to seeing one of the providers. Per current recommendations, any woman over the age of 15 is recommended to have a pelvic exam prior to initiation of contraceptive.

For information on the Minnesota Family Planning Program, a supplemental insurance plan, visit the Minnesota Family Planning Program to see if you qualify.

For steps to take prior to your contraceptive appointment, please refer to Women’s Health.

Emergency contraceptives are an over-the-counter medication for women over the age of 17 years. To receive ECP, call Health & Wellness Services to make an appointment with a nurse as soon as possible.  ECP reduces the chance of pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse. The sooner you take it, the better it will work. ECP can be provided to male students for their female partners, even if not present at the appointment.

For information regarding the “FREE BIRTH CONTROL PROGRAM” on campus, visit Minnesota Family Planning Program to see if you qualify.

Since Health & Wellness Services functions as a general medical clinic, routine illness complaints are a prominent reason for student visits. Respiratory illnesses, influenza, headaches, ear aches, "pink eye", sore throats, cough, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, back pain, depression and skin rashes are just some of the many conditions we can treat here at our facility. Our providers may also assist your local physician to care for your chronic medical conditions while you are a student at WSU. Such conditions as diabetes, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, immune diseases, and lupus are a few examples.

Health & Wellness Services provides women's health care including gynecologic examinations and pap smears. The exam can be for birth control, diagnosing an infection, or health maintenance. Educational information about birth control and prescriptions for various contraceptive options are available. Women presenting with concerns related to menstruation, suspected vaginal infections or breast complaints are managed in a confidential manner.

For information regarding the “FREE BIRTH CONTROL PROGRAM” on campus, visit Minnesota Family Planning Program to see if you qualify.

All students are required to complete a WSU Student Immunization Record. Those students born on or before December 31, 1956 are required to complete the form, but are not required to supply immunization dates. All others (except those with a physician signed medical or notarized conscientious exemption) are required to have the following immunizations:
        •   Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR): 
                -One dose is required after your first birthday.
        •   Diphtheria/Tetanus (tD): 
                -Must be within the last ten years

***International students and those students returning to the U.S. from countries where TB is prevalent are strongly encouraged to have a tuberculin (TB) skin test administered upon registration.
To complement the delivery of comprehensive health care, the laboratory at Health & Wellness Services can perform blood tests, urine analysis, pregnancy tests, strep throat cultures, and STI screening. Laboratory tests which cannot be performed at our facility are sent to a reference laboratory.

Laboratory tests must be ordered by a physician or nurse practitioner. Orders from students' home physicians are accepted and results can be mailed, faxed or phoned to the referring physician. Our lab is accredited by the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA) and is staffed by a registered medical technologist.

Many college students are under tremendous pressure and experience stress from a myriad of sources. Our providers are able to care for mental health concerns through education and medication management, if necessary. Follow up visits for mental health conditions are extremely important and have a direct impact on successful management. Appointments with a counselor within Counseling & Wellness Services is often recommended.

WSU’s Health and Wellness Services’ promotes sustainable, healthy diet change through an individualized approach to nutrition counseling. We do not approach our patients with a one-size-fits-all meal planning style or unrealistic advice. We flex our skills to meet our patients’ needs.

Students may discuss their diet and nutrition goals with the Health and Wellness Services’ registered dietitian. Nutrition counseling may include one or more meetings with our dietitian, depending on the patient’s goals. Our dietitian helps students with many goals, including

  • general healthy eating on- and off-campus
  • weight maintenance or loss
  • budgeting for a healthy diet
  • improved athletic performance
  • gluten-free diet management 
  • transitioning into vegetarianism
  • disordered eating

        Commonly used antibiotics, skin creams, birth control methods and other medications are available at Parkview Pharmacy @ WSU if prescribed by MD or NP. Prescriptions from outside providers can also be filled at our on-campus pharmacy. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications for colds, allergies, skin rashes, and pain relief are also available for purchase.

Parkview Pharmacy @ WSU is open to all students, faculty and staff, as well as the entire Winona community!
 

Physical exams for educational programs, employment, sports participation, foreign travel, etc. as well as routine physicals can be performed at H&WS. There is a charge for the exam, as well as any necessary laboratory tests or immunizations. Many preventative care charges are covered by personal health insurance.

 

With one out of every four Americans becoming infected, STIs are common and seeking early attention is encouraged. Information, evaluation and treatment for sexually transmitted infections are available from the medical staff. Health & Wellness Services offers testing for all STIs, including HIV. Some STIs are testable with just a urine sample.  

For information regarding FREE STI testing, visit Minnesota Family Planning Program to see if you qualify.

"Triage" means the process of screening and classification of sick, wounded or injured persons to determine priority of treatment. It is becoming an increasingly popular term used in acute care clinics and emergency rooms to determine the urgency of medical care. At Health & Wellness Services, we use this concept of nursing evaluation to determine the specific need for, or urgency of, a clinic appointment or for the assistance with a trial of self-care treatment. Our Ask-A-Nurse can help patients determine the appropriate care of a health problem through phone or in-person consultation.