Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Q. Do I need an appointment to be seen at the Health Center?

A. Yes. Beginning in May 2005, we began implementing an all appointment-based schedule. This decision was based primarily on the student satisfaction survey responses. The majority of students would prefer a set time frame rather than not knowing when they might be seen. This will allow for shorter wait times and better utilization of the Health Center's resources. Appointments are now required for primary care visits (colds, urinary tract infections, etc), women's & men's health visits, physicals, immunizations, allergy injections, and nutrition visits.

Q. I was just seen at the Health Center for a cold and wasn't prescribed an antibiotic. My doctor at home always gives me an antibiotic when I'm sick. Why didn't I get a prescription?

A. Colds, flu, and most sore throats and bronchitis are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not help fight viruses. And they may do more harm than good: taking antibiotics when they are not needed - and cannot treat the illness - increases the risk of a resistant infection later. We assure you that we use the latest treatment protocols and evidence-based medicine research to perform an assessment and formulize a plan based on your current health needs. To learn more about antibiotic resistance, visit the Center's for Disease Control (You will leave this website.)

Q. Can I schedule a routine gynecological exam?

A. Yes, you can schedule a women's health exam at the Health Center. Our experienced Nurse Practitioners will perform the exam, send lab work and offer counseling to you where appropriate. Remember, Fordham University is a Catholic and Jesuit University. As such, the physicians, nurse practitioners, and staff of the Health Center abide by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.  Those interested in these directives can read them, (You will leave this website.)

B. As an independent Catholic, Jesuit University, Fordham University is not, and cannot be neutral on moral questions such as abortion and contraceptive devices. The teachings of the Catholic Church on these issues have been clear and consistent. When issues arise that might not coincide with the University's position on these topics, we recognize the importance of upholding the principles of free expression and open inquiry. At the same time, the University has the equally important responsibility of maintaining a clear focus on its identity as an institution in the Catholic tradition, and the principles and values that serve as the foundation of that identity. We explain our policies to our students, with support and always without judgment. Health education is offered on sexual issues and practitioners are available to clarify concerns and misunderstandings. Referrals are made to the Counseling Center and other agencies in agreement with the University's philosophy. We also make referrals to facilities for confirmation of pregnancies but advise that the referrals are for medical confirmation only and not for treatments that would be contrary to the teachings of the church.

Q. Are there any charges for services done at the Health Center?

A. Most primary care-type visits to see a clinician are totally free. However, if lab testing is performed or medication is dispensed, there are charges associated with those services. Charges are relatively small for lab work that is done in the Health Center and for medications that are stocked. All charges are payable by cash, check, or can be added to your Bursar tuition billed. Clinicians at times, may have to utilize outside laboratory and/or pharmacy services. If you require these services, we can forward any health insurance information that you provide to us.

Q. Does the Health Center accept my health insurance?

A. Since we don't charge for actual visits, the Health Center does not accept any health insurance plans, The Health Center does no insurance billing. It is a good idea to carry your health insurance card anyway since you may require outside laboratory and/or pharmacy services which will utilize your health insurance. If you make an appointment please bring your insurance card so that our front desk staff can enter it in our electronic medical record.

Q. What outside laboratory do you contract with?

A. We use LabCorp. It is your responsibility to check with your insurance provider to see if your plan participates with this laboratory.(Labcorp does not accept GHI) You can find labcorp website here. (You will leave this website)

Q. Does the Health Center have a pharmacy?

A. The Health Center carries a supply of various medications including antibiotics and over the counter medications. The Rose Hill campus works closely with Mt. Carmel Pharmacy (718) 364-6100, for our other pharmacy needs. Mt. Carmel pharmacy is located on 705 East 187th Street in the Bronx and can deliver prescription medications to your dorm room. You need to have a valid insurance card for local pharmacies unless you intend on paying ca

Q. I have an immunization hold on my registration and can't register. Can you remove the hold?

A. New York State Law 2165 requires all students born on or after January 1, 1957 to demonstrate proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella. Students must submit documentation from their physicians or former school health officials stating that they have had the necessary vaccinations or copies of lab work (titers) demonstrating immunity from these diseases.Measles, mumps and rubella immunizations for Fordham Students are available at the Health Center. New York State Law 2167 requires all students to either received a meningitis vaccine or sign a wavier of refusal. The vaccine is available at the Health Services, the wavier can be downloaded from our web site.  A hold can NOT be removed until this information is received.

Q. How can I obtain a copy of my immunization record?

A. All requests for copies of immunizations must be made in writing to the Health Center. You may use this form and mail or fax it to us. There is a $3.00 charge for sending these records. Please allow up to 3 business days to process your request.

Q. Can I get an excuse note for missing classes?

A. The Health Center does not provide excuse notes to verify visits. Missed class or incomplete academic work is an issue between the student and theinstructor. Students can sign a release wherein their professors can verify that they were evaluated at the Student Health Center.

Q. Can you refer me to see a specialist?

A. Yes, you can be referred to see a specialist though, the Health Center does not refer to specific outside specialists. You can click here to search for providers that are included in the Fordham-sanctioned health insurance plan, PCHS. Also note, that you do not need to be seen in the Health Center in order to obtain a referral for a specialist. The insurance plan allows you to schedule appointments with specialists without referrals.

Q. Does the Fordham insurance PCHS  cover dental and/or vision?

A. Yes, dental and vision is cover for an additional charge please call 1-800-322-9901 for information.

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