Keeping our campus community healthy
Campus Care physicians and nurse practitioners provide student focused care for acute and chronic illnesses. Services available include Campus Quick Care, Primary Care Clinic, Women’s Health Clinic, Allergy Injection and Immunization Clinic, Eating Disorder Support Team, Physicals, Tuberculosis Testing, Transgender Health Services, Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing and Treatment, Emergency Contraception, X-ray, Laboratory and Pharmacy services. Campus Care providers will work with external primary care providers and/or specialists in the monitoring and evaluation of acute or chronic illnesses treated outside of Campus Care.
About Our Services
If a Campus Care provider determines that a patient needs specialty care not offered at Campus Care, a referral to the appropriate external specialist will be made. Students with the Ohio University Student Injury Sickness Plan through United Health Care Resources are required to get a referral from Campus Care for all specialty care.
We can provide the referral, but it is the student’s responsibility to verify if the specialist is an in-network provider with their insurance company and to understand their insurance coverage.
Campus Care can accommodate the majority of your needs for physical exams. Students are required to bring all necessary documents and a list of requirements for the physical, along with the actual physical form that must be completed and signed by the provider.
Several physicals require a review of immunizations. Please obtain official documentation of these immunizations that include immunization dates prior to your visit to Campus Care. Physicals will not be performed without proper forms and documentation.
Many physicals require that you have a tuberculosis test. Please confirm if this is a requirement for your physical, and what type of TB is needed (PPD, 1-step, 2-step or IGRA blood test). You must have the test completed prior to having your physical exam. Contact Campus Care for TB testing hours. If TB testing is a requirement of a physical, and you do not have the test results with you, the physical will not be completed.
Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV Testing
We receive many questions about the testing available at Campus Care for sexually transmitted infections. There is no test for “everything” and no test is 100 percent accurate. The following are available STI tests offered at Campus Care.
The specimen for females is collected using a swab. The specimen for a male is a urine sample. Symptoms of infection range from no symptoms, to pain and discharge. If you have no symptoms, but a partner has tested positive, you should also be tested. Treatment will usually only be prescribed with a positive test.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
This is a blood test. Antibody response is delayed with HIV infection. You should wait for three months after your last new sexual contact before being tested. Symptoms vary, but commonly they include frequent, and perhaps unusual, infections. Free mouth swab testing is available for students who qualify. Please contact Campus Care for details.
The specimen for this test is collected using a culture swab. The specimen is taken from an open sore or lesion. A screening specimen can be collected even when no lesions are present, in the form of a screening blood test. Keep in mind that with the screening blood test, if you have ever had a cold sore, or been exposed to a cold sore, you may test positive.
No test is currently available to screen for genital warts in the absence of obvious disease. If warts are present, treatment can begin immediately.
SO THEY CAN KNOW
If you test positive for an STI and need assistance notifying or discussing this with current or past partners, visit the “So They Can Know” information website for help that includes anonymous notification options.
Students enrolled for one (1) or more credit hours can obtain services at the Campus Care laboratory.
Internal laboratory procedures will be billed the student’s medical insurance. Copayments, after insurance balances, and self-pay balances are placed on the students’ MyOHIO student account. Payments for services can be made at Campus Care, the Office of the Bursar, or online through the students MyOHIO account.
Laboratory procedures that cannot be tested at Campus Care will be sent to OhioHealth O’Bleness Laboratory. Medical insurance should be provided by the student to Campus Care at the time of service. As long as the insurance information is provided, Campus Care will submit the information to the external testing site. The student will receive an invoice directly from OhioHealth O’Bleness Health System. The student is responsible for all after-insurance and self-pay balances. It is the student’s responsibility to provide medical insurance information and understand the insurance coverage. A $12 collection fee will also be billed to the student's insurance by Campus Care.
Does the laboratory accept orders from external providers?
We accept orders from any medical provider in the United States. If the test is to be done on a routine basis, the provider needs to indicate that this is a “standing order” and they should also specify the frequency. Orders from outside providers are valid for one year after they are written, even if they are standing orders.
Procedure for a student wishing to use an order from an outside provider:
Bring the order to Campus Care or have the order faxed to 740.593.4724 (Attention: Laboratory). The order MUST include the ordering providers contact information and signature. Campus Care cannot do the testing without this information.
At each visit, check-in at first floor registration desk. Patient support specialists will collect all pertinent information, including medical insurance information. It is important that medical insurance information is provided or the student will receive a bill from OhioHealth O’Bleness Laboratory for the entire amount. It is the student’s responsibility to provide medical insurance information and understand the insurance coverage.
The ordering provider will receive the testing results directly from OhioHealth O’Bleness Laboratory. If the ordering provider does not receive the results, please contact OhioHealth O’Bleness Laboratory directly at 740.593.5551 and ask to speak with the Out-patient Laboratory.
Students enrolled for 1 or more credit hours are eligible to obtain service at the Campus Care Radiology Department. All diagnostic X-rays will be acquired digitally and the computed radiography system will produce a digital X-ray image.
As a courtesy, Campus Care will bill the student’s medical insurance for all X-ray services. It is the student’s responsibility to provide their medical insurance information and understand the insurance coverage. Co-payments, after-insurance balances, and self-pay balances are assessed to the students MyOHIO Student Center. Payment for services can be made at Campus Care, at the Office of the Bursar, or online through the student's MyOHIO account.
If the Radiology Department is closed during clinic hours of operation, Campus Care staff will transport patients to and from OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Radiology Department for the X-ray exam. Please note if you have the university-sponsored student health insurance plan you will be subject to co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance.
A prescription or provider order form must accompany all requested x-rays with the following information on the order:
- X-ray examination requested
- Diagnostic reason for the X-ray
- Previous history
- Ordering provider name
- Patient name
- Patient date of birth
Abdominal X-rays on Female Patients
It is the policy of the Ohio University Campus Care to avoid X-ray examination of the pelvis or abdomen of a potentially pregnant woman. If the date of the X-ray exam falls on day 11 or greater of the menstrual cycle, and the provider and patient decide for medical reasons that X-ray s of the lumbar spine, sacrum, coccyx, abdomen, pelvis or hip are necessary, the patient will be required to have a pregnancy test performed.
Does the X-ray Department accept orders from outside providers?
We accept orders from any licensed medical provider in the United States. Your provider may write you an order or the order can be faxed to 740.593.4724. Please provide information that will allow us to submit a final report to the ordering provider. Orders from outside providers are valid for one year after they are written.
Procedure for a student wishing to use an order from an outside provider:
Bring the order to Campus Care or have the order faxed to 740.593.4724 (Attention: Radiology).
Check in at first floor registration desk. Patient support specialists will collect all pertinent information, including medical insurance information, before sending you to the Radiology Department.
The Radiology Department will fax the results to the ordering provider. If the contact information for the requesting provider is not on the order the student should obtain it before coming for the exam.
Physical therapy at Campus Care is provided by Ohio University Therapy Associates, which is affiliated with the Ohio University Division of Physical Therapy. OUTA has been providing physical therapy services and clinical education to southeastern Ohio since 1984. Initially founded as a faculty-based practice, OUTA has provided exemplary services at the student health center since its inception. Ohio University Therapy Associates staffs the Campus Care clinic with two board-certified physical therapists. The OUTA Campus Care clinic serves students with musculoskeletal dysfunction providing rehabilitation for general orthopedic conditions (i.e. ankle and foot pain, knee pain, hip pain, hand/wrist pain, elbow and shoulder pain, sprains/strains, overuse), spine rehabilitation, post-operative care, TMJ dysfunction, gait/running analysis and return to running programs, and orthotic intervention. Our therapists focus on hands-on, one-on-one treatment, with emphasis in manual therapy (i.e. mobilization, manipulation, soft tissue mobilization), therapeutic exercise and return to function. All patients receive an individualized evaluation and treatment plan formulated in conjunction with patient outcome goals.
OUTA at the Campus Care Clinic strives to meet the physical therapy needs of the university community. In addition, OUTA also provides clinical education opportunities for pre-physical therapy and physical therapy students. It is the goal of this organization to provide clinical education settings with the highest standards of practice.
We look forward to working with you!
You can contact the physical therapy department by calling 740.593.4722/ Fax: 740.593.0921
Women's Health Clinic
The Women’s Health Clinic provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to the care of female students. Our services include a wide range of preventive and educational information. Our providers and staff advocate for women and are committed to providing compassionate and individualized care to all students, including transgendered. Our women’s health services include:
- Annual health assessment
- Pap smear if indicated ( More Information )
- Evaluation and treatment of vaginal and urinary tract infections
- Screening and management of sexual transmitted infections (STI's)
- HPV vaccine information and immunization ( More Information )
- Pregnancy prevention, prescriptions, IUD insertion, emergency contraception. Please click on this link to watch a great video about birth control options, and then call Campus Care directly to schedule an appointment, 740-593-1660 ( More Information )
- Pregnancy testing and nonjudgmental pregnancy options discussion
- Problems and issues related to menses
- Breast exams
- Any other pelvic or female concern you may have
To schedule an appointment, call 740.593.1660. If this is your first visit to Campus Care, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to complete required paperwork.
Campus Care serves all students, including those who identify as gender-variant, transgender and/or transsexual. Our clinical staff works in conjunction with the individual student to address the health issues most important to the student.
We know that transgender people are sometimes hesitant to access health care, so we work hard to create and maintain a space where students can ask questions, get answers, and feel supported when making decisions.
We encourage open communication between patients and their providers, and recommend this related article by the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association: Ten Things a Transgender Persons Should Discuss with Their Health Care Providers.
Eating Disorder Support Team
Many people on college campuses struggle with eating disorders and body image concerns. Ohio University offers an interdisciplinary Eating Disorder Support Team to help students who struggle with these problems. The team comprises primary care physicians, a psychiatrist, a dietician, exercise professionals and psychologists/counselors.
Medical Care: Many eating problems lead to associated health problems such as bone and muscle loss, electrolyte imbalances, harmful metabolic changes, and gastrointestinal distress. These complications have the potential to be life threatening. A physician can assess students’ current health and can work with them to manage any potential medical problems. Additionally, the physician may make referrals to other members of the support team for consultations regarding nutrition, exercise, counseling or more involved psychiatric evaluation. Students can schedule an appointment to see Dr. Balbo or Dr. Duval by calling Campus Care at 740.593.1660
Psychological Counseling: Psychologists and counselors can help students who are feeling overwhelmed or confused about their eating problems. Psychologists and counselors provide support and help students develop skills to manage their emotional well-being related to their eating problems. Students can go to walk-in hours on the third floor of Hudson Hall between 9:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, to establish a relationship with a counselor or call 740.593.1616 for more information.
If there is concern that a student needs more extensive care than can be provided by the support team, he/she will be referred to an outpatient or residential treatment center depending on his/her individual needs.
ADD/ADHD is a psychiatric diagnosis that often requires stimulant medications to control. Examples of stimulant medication include; methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta), dextroamphetamine and amphetamine mixtures (Adderall) and lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse). These medications are DEA schedule II medications and have a high potential for abuse and/or diversion.
It is the policy of Campus Care to only fill prescriptions for stimulant medications with thorough, appropriate medical records sent from the student’s own psychiatrist. If the student does not have a psychiatrist who has diagnosed the student with ADD or ADHD, we will have the student see a psychiatrist at CPS and we will follow their recommendations. A student may be required to undergo an updated comprehensive evaluation if the Campus Care provider or the CPS psychiatrists deem it necessary.
Students that are accepted as ADD/ADHD patients are required to sign a controlled substances agreement annually that allows random drug screening and requires returning with their prescription bottles for pill counts. Violations of the controlled substances agreement may result in disqualification from receiving controlled substances from Campus Care.
Running out of a medication for ADD/ADHD is not an emergency. Students will be required to see the provider by appointment when scheduled. No prescriptions for stimulants will be filled in a walk-in basis at Campus Care. If a student misses his or her appointment, they will be required to schedule another appointment on a different day.
Allergy Injection Clinic
During the academic term, allergy injections are given Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Over breaks, please contact Campus Care for the Allergy Injection Clinic hours of operation.
The Campus Care Allergy Clinic administers allergy injections to students who have previously had allergy testing and have their allergy serums. You can have your allergy serums mailed directly to us from your allergist, or you can bring your serums to the clinic when you come in for your first visit. We store allergy serum in a temperature-monitored refrigerator. We work closely with your allergy practitioner and will follow their instructions and allergy protocol.
Students need to check in at the second floor registration desk at each visit. The initial visit may take longer due to additional paperwork that must be completed. After you are given the allergy injection, we require that you stay for observation for 20 minutes after the injection and have your arm checked by a nurse prior to leaving the facility. Students must sign a letter of understanding regarding the observation period at their initial visit. Leaving prior to the 20 minutes will be considered leaving against medical advice and you will be referred to another provider for these services.
Students that leave campus during breaks need to remember to take their allergy serums with them. If Campus Care has to mail the allergy serum, students that are Ohio residents will be charged a $25 fee and out-of-state students will be charged a $35 fee. The charge will be assessed to the students MyOHIO Student Center.
The Immunization Clinic provides immunizations as required for employment, travel or academic courses. As a courtesy, Campus Care will bill medical insurance for immunization services, but it is the student’s responsibility to provide medical insurance information and to know if the immunizations and administration fee is covered by their insurance.
During the academic term, immunizations are administered Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Over breaks, please contact Campus Care for Immunization Clinic hours of operation.
After you are administered an immunization, you are required to stay for observation for 20 minutes.
Ohio University Campus Care strongly recommends that students receive immunizations as recommended by the Center for Disease Control. The following immunizations are available at Campus Care:
What immunizations are available at Campus Care?
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
- TdaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria)
- Typhim VI (Thphoid)
- Yellow Fever
- Menactra (Meningitis)
- Gardasil (HPV)
- Gardasil-9 (HPV)
- Bexsero (Meningitis Group B)
TB PPD skin tests are administered Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. during the academic term. Over breaks, please contact Campus Care for TB skin testing Hours. You must return 72 hours later to have a nurse check the skin injection site. You must check in at the second floor registration desk.
TB T-spot testing is preformed Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. during the academic term. Over breaks, T-spot testing is done Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. You must check in at the first floor registration desk.
International students, except Canadians, new to the Athens campus or re-enrolling after an absence of two or more years must be evaluated for active tuberculosis. Testing will be administered by student health personnel as soon as possible after entrance to the university. If a student does not complete this requirement, his or her university account will be placed on hold. The hold will prevent the student from registering for classes. Students will be screened via Gamma Release Assays (IGRA’s) blood testing (Tspot test).
Students in health professions who will be working with patients and thus are at increased risk for exposure to TB infection will also be screened for tuberculosis. Students will be screened via TB skin test or Interferon Gamma Release Assays (IGRAs) blood testing (T-spot test).
All positive skin test reactors will undergo a chest x-ray. All positive Interferon Gamma Release Assays (IGRAs) results will undergo a chest x-ray.
What is TB?
Tuberculosis is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs. But, TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.