FAQ for Clark University Health Service
- What is the Clark University Health Service and how does it work?
- What are nurse practitioners?
- How do I make an appointment?
- What if I'm depressed?
- What happens if I get sick with something like "mono"?
- Does the Health Service provide information on sexuality and sexual health care?
- What about contraception?
- What about confidentiality? Who has access to my health records?
- What if I need to see a specialist?
- What if it's an urgent problem?
- What if it's an emergency?
- What happens if I'm sick on the weekend or after 5 p.m.?
- How do I get to the hospital?
- I know there are many hospitals in Worcester. Can I go to any one of them?
- Can I get a medical excuse from the Health Service for missed classes?
- Who can use the Health Service?
- Do I need health insurance?
- Emergency Telephone Numbers
- Where is the Health Service located?
- Diagnosis and treatment of acute and sub-acute episodic illnesses and injuries
- Ongoing and follow-up care of pre-existing chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, colitis, etc.
- Diagnostic laboratory testing
- Contraceptive counseling and gynecological services
- Sexually transmitted disease (STD) health education
- Immunization to prevent diseases
- Sports medicine
- Stress reduction
- HIV/AIDS education
- Eating disorders and nutrition counseling
- Smoking cessation
The Health Service is located at 501 Park Avenue and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are no services during the summer or school vacations. ( View a campus map )
Clinical Services are provided by nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians and support staff. Physicians affiliated with the major teaching hospitals in the Worcester area are present in the Health Service every day.
What are nurse practitioners?
Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced education and clinical education. They are authorized to diagnose and treat many health problems and may also prescribe medications.
How do I make an appointment?
To make an appointment with either a nurse practitioner or a physician, call 508-793-7467. If it's not an emergency, you can usually schedule an appointment within 24 hours. We also request that you call us to cancel if you are unable to keep the appointment.
What if I'm depressed?
Emotional, physical and academic problems are sometimes difficult to sort out. A good place to start is with the Health Service, the Dean of Students or Campus Counseling . Anyone in this network can provide assistance or refer you to an appropriate counselor.
What happens if I get sick with something like "mono"?
Naturally, if you require hospitalization, the Health Service will make the arrangements. However, most students with an acute illness like mononucleosis (a prolonged viral illness often accompanied by fatigue and sore throat) are able to stay in the residence hall. We will also arrange for you to be seen for a follow-up visit at the clinic if needed. Most students with mononucleosis, for instance, are seen at the Health Service on a weekly basis, even though they may be attending classes.
Does the Health Service provide information on sexuality and sexual health care?
Yes. Sexual health care information and education regarding sexuality issues, contraception and STDs are available. This includes screening for cervical, breast and testicular cancer. The Health Service also provides diagnosis and treatment of common gynecological problems, genito-urinary disorders and STDs. Routine annual gynecological exams are scheduled during specifically designated times, but a student with an acute gynecological problem, like vaginitis, can make an appointment anytime.
What about contraception?
The Health Service provides professional advice and counseling to both men and women about various contraceptive methods and their associated benefits and risks. Women may arrange for a gynecological exam and contraceptive prescription. All of our services are strictly confidential.
What about confidentiality? Who has access to my health records?
What if I need to see a specialist?
The Health Service has an active specialist referral list but you should be seen by a Health Service physician or nurse practitioner first. Our referral network includes such area specialists as dermatologists, psychologists, endocrinololgists, allergists, orthopedic specialists and dentists.
What if it's an urgent problem?
It's best to call the Health Service first at 508-793-7467 and talk to a nurse to determine if the symptoms require immediate attention. If you need help right away, we will arrange to see you as soon as possible.
- Call campus police at 508-793-7575.
- Give your name, location and nature of the emergency.
- Post someone outside the building to direct those responding. The campus police will arrange transportation to the nearest hospital.
- Call 911. Give your name, location and nature of the emergency, and request an ambulance. You will be transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital.
- Call the Health Service at 508-793-7467 as soon as possible so that we may arrange follow-up care.
What happens if I'm sick on the weekend or after 5 p.m.?
After hours and weekend services are provided by the Hahnemann Family Health Center. If you have a problem when the Health Service is closed you should:
- Call the Hahnemann Family Health Center's answering service at 508-334-8830 and identify yourself as a Clark University student.
- Leave your name and telephone number with the answering service.The physician on call will return your call in approximately one hour.
- When the physician calls, describe your problem. If the physician decides you need to be seen, arrangements will be made to see you at the Emergency Room at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Memorial Campus, 119 Belmont Street, Worcester.
- If you go to the Emergency Room, identify yourself as a Clark University student and give the name of the physician you spoke with at the Hahnemann Family Health Center.
How do I get to the hospital?
UMass Memorial Medical Center, Memorial Campus is located at 119 Belmont Street (Route 9), Worcester.
I know there are many hospitals in Worcester. Can I go to any one of them?
Our Health Service is staffed by UMass Memorial Health Care employees. While you can go to any hospital in the area, we recommend UMass Memorial Health Care to guarantee good continuity of care.
Can I get a medical excuse from the Health Service for missed classes?
Only if you need to be hospitalized. However, if you are petitioning the College Board for an incomplete due to an illness, you can give the Health Service written permission to forward information about your illness to the board.
Who can use the Health Service?
All matriculated undergraduate students can use the Clark Health Service. Graduate students use the Health Service on a fee for service basis. Under the fee for service arrangement, students will be billed for each office visit. The student may then submit an insurance claim according to their insurance policy guidelines.
Do I need health insurance?
Yes. All full-time undergraduate and graduate students must carry adequate health insurance. Information about the Clark plan is available at www.clarku.edu/offices/health. If you are not covered under this plan, be sure to know what health insurance you do have and how to obtain a claim form if required. Please make sure you carry your health insurance membership card with you.
- Campus Police: 508-793-7575
- Clark University Health Service: 508-793-7467
- Hahnemann Family Health Center: 508-334-8830
- Worcester Emergency: 911
- Mental Health Resource Line: 508-334-2551
- Campus Counseling: 508-793-7678
Where is the Health Service located?
Clark University Health Service (view a campus map)
501 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA 01610