Etter Health Center
Health is key at Shippensburg, and the Etter Health Center takes care of you when you are sick or injured and helps you to stay well and prevent illness. We’re located in the Wellness Center on the ground floor of Naugle Hall.
Student Health Services Mission
Individual and campus wide wellness is a significant contributor to the academic, career, and personal success of our students. Recognizing this, the mission of the Etter Health Center is to equip students to be successful in achieving and sustaining optimal health and to recognize their role in maintaining wellness of the campus and their greater community. The health center accomplishes its mission through excellent evidence based medical care, student education, and health promotion activities by a team of dedicated health professionals.
Visits to the health center are by appointment. If you need to see a nurse or doctor, please call the health center to make an appointment by dialing (717) 477-1458, and select option "1" from the menu. For emergencies, call 717-477-1444.
To encourage self-responsibility for your health care, Etter has a self-care unit open during our hours of operation. It enables you to treat minor health conditions (like a cold) and staff is available for consultation at all times. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications also are supplied.
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Health Center Services
Our university’s health services are available to all undergraduate and graduate students who have paid the comprehensive health fee, which is billed as part of your tuition and fees. Check out the services offered here at Etter!
You may schedule an appointment to receive your allergy injections at the health center. A registered nurse administers the injections under the direction of your personal allergist during our doctor's hours. The following requirements must be met in order to receive your injections at Etter:
- You must be under the care of an allergist.
- You must make an appointment with our nursing staff to initiate a walkthrough visit and for regimented future appointments to receive allergy injections.
- Personal allergy serums must have specific written physician's orders and are sent by the allergist or brought by you. The serum must be kept refrigerated at all times.
- You must provide a copy of the most current instructions from your allergist for the administering registered nurse to follow and maintain.
Please note: We will not administer injections from inadequately labeled/mislabeled vials or those that lack instructions or incomplete instructions. Additionally we only administer allergy injections during the fall and spring semesters.
If you have a chronic illness that requires periodic or regular medication or testing, and it is not feasible to have a regular follow-up with your home physician, then you may make an appointment with one of our physicians who will collaborate with your home physician to make sure you are receiving appropriate care.
If you run out of medication or a prescription expires for a chronic health condition while you are at school, you should first call your home physician to see if he or she can send a prescription to your local pharmacy before making an appointment with our physician. We will, of course, be glad to treat you for acute episodes of a chronic illness such as migraine headaches or asthma flare-ups.
If it is not feasible to obtain a contraceptive prescription from your home physician, you now have two options available to you here on campus.
- You may go to www.nurx.com and complete an online consultation. This program will ask you a series of questions regarding your health history. Based on your answers to these questions, if it is appropriate and safe, this program will set you up with oral contraception, transdermal patch or a vaginal ring. While some insurances are accepted, it is NOT needed. Cost for this program will be $15-$30 for a 3 month prescription without insurance.
- You may schedule an appointment with our physician. The following contraceptives may be prescribed here at the health center:
- Oral contraceptive pills
- Depo Provera injection
We do not provide these contraceptives to you but we can provide a prescription that can be filled at any pharmacy. We currently do not place IUDs or implants.
If your home physician prescribes the Depo Provera injection, this can be given at the health center if it is not practical to receive the injection at your home physician's office. A brief appointment with our physician will be required prior to initiating the injections at the health center. Be sure to schedule this appointment at least one week before the first injection is due.
The following resources may help you in your decisions regarding sex, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy:
As part of our ongoing effort to help you stay healthy, we are engaged in the following screening activities:
1. Screening for alcohol misuse: We are vigilant in identifying students who are misusing alcohol and encourage students to speak to fellow students who are misusing alcohol to avail themselves to the following resource on campus: http://www.ship.edu/connections/. Further information can also be found at:
2. Screening for tobacco use: We are vigilant in identifying students who are using tobacco and encourage students to speak to fellow students who are using tobacco to avail themselves to the following resource on campus: http://www.ship.edu/Health_Center/Tobacco_Cessation_Programs/.
3. Screening for obesity: We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic. There is perhaps no better place to curb this epidemic than on college campuses. The health center is partnering with the food service in encouraging students to become engaged with the USDA program My Plate on Campus. We would like all students to look at the excellent information at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/MyPlateOnCampus/ to guide you in making healthy food choices and in obtaining or maintaining a healthy weight. We would also like some of our students to become ambassadors with the My Plate on Campus program.
For those struggling with obesity and weight related health problems, we encourage you to make an appointment with the health center. Many insurance plans now cover weight loss services and in some cases we may refer you to a weight loss specialist.
4. Screening for depression: We partner with the counseling center in identifying and treating students who are struggling with depression or other mental health related problems. We encourage all students to be aware of fellow students who may be depressed and encourage them to call the health center or counseling center. More information regarding the counseling center can be found at http://www.ship.edu/counseling_center/.
5. Screening for sexually transmitted infections: All women 25 years and younger and who have sex should be screened for chlamydia and gonorrhea every year. This is typically done as part of a women's annual wellness visit with her home physician. Screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea in men and other sexually transmitted infections in both men and women may also be indicated based on other personal risk factors. If you have sex please review the following article to determine if STI screening is indicated for you: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/std-testing/ID00047/METHOD=print. We can screen for any sexually transmitted infection at the health center. However, for some infections such as gonorrhea and chlamydia we have to send collected specimens to Quest Labs who will bill you or your insurance for the tests.
For students who would like to attend the STI screening clinics you may walk in on a first come, first serve basis during the following dates/times.
Spring 2018 Semester Keystone Health STI Screening Clinic Dates:
- Thursday, January 25, 2018 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Thursday, February 1, 2018 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Monday, February 19, 2018 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Thursday, March 1, 2018 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Monday, March 19, 2018 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Thursday, April 5, 2018 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Monday, April 23, 2018 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
If you are experiencing symptoms of an STI or have had known exposure to someone who has been diagnosed with an STI, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with our doctor.
Most insurance companies cover wellness visits and screening for specific diseases. We encourage you to receive preventive health services from your home physician during the summer, winter, or spring breaks. If it is not feasible to receive these services from your home physician, we will provide them to you at the health center.
Please refer to the following websites for the latest recommended preventive health services for your age and gender.
• Men ages 18 to 39: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007464.htm
• Men ages 40 to 64: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007465.htm
• Women ages 18 to 39: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007462.htm
• Women ages 40 to 64: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007467.htm
As part of our ongoing effort to help you stay healthy, we are engaged in screening for alcohol misuse, depression, obesity, sexually transmitted infections, and tobacco use. More information about individual screening types is elsewhere on this page.
You are required to submit an official copy of your immunization record from your healthcare provider's office, school, or you State Health Department.
You must be immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella. Proof of immunization in your immunization record or laboratory titer proving immunity is required. If there is an outbreak of varicella (chickenpox), pertussis (whooping cough), or influenza (flu) and you are not adequately immunized, you may be restricted from residing in campus housing and attending classes and campus events. Flu shots and many other vaccines are available at the local pharmacies. The Etter Health Center is available to guide and assist you to ensure that you receive recommended vaccinations.
Refer to http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/college.html to be sure you have received all of the recommended vaccines for your age.
The meningitis vaccine or a signed waiver is required for all students living in the residence halls on campus.
If you will be traveling internationally and need immunizations or medication to prevent malaria, you may make an appointment with our travel nurse. We do not keep the immunizations or medication for malaria at the health center but will give you the prescription so that you can pick them up at a pharmacy. If injections are recommended you can receive them at the pharmacy or make an appointment to return to the health center where one of our nurses will administer them. We do not provide the yellow fever vaccination. If the yellow fever vaccination is required, you will need to make an appointment at a yellow fever vaccination clinic. You can find these clinics at: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellow-fever-vaccination-clinics/search.
The following lab tests can usually be performed at the Health Center:
- Urine pregnancy test
- Rapid strep test
- Mono test
- Microscopy test for yeast and other fungal infections
- Microscopy test for certain sexually transmitted infections including bacterial vaginosis and Trichomonas
If other lab tests are needed, please consult with our medical staff for more information.
Before calling the clinic, we encourage you to utilize the following resources:
- Symptom Checker: http://www.drugs.com/symptom-checker/
- Medline Plus: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/healthtopics.html
These sites will allow you to enter your symptoms or illness and obtain reliable advice and help you decide whether or not you need an appointment. If over-the-counter medications are needed, you can call the Health Center and speak to a nurse to arrange to pick up over-the- counter medications.
If you need to speak with the nurse or would like to schedule an appointment call the Etter Health Center at (717) 477-1458. In many cases, the nurse can give the advice over the phone and an appointment will not be necessary. In other cases an appointment with the doctor or nurse will be necessary.
We do have some over-the counter prescription medication available at the clinic at no cost to you. If you are prescribed or recommended an over-the-counter medication that is not available at the Health Center, you will need to purchase the medication at a pharmacy.
If crutches or braces are recommended, these can usually be borrowed from the Health Center.
Certain conditions need the attention of a health care professional while other conditions, such as colds, can be self-treated. To encourage self-responsibility for your health care we have a self-care unit which allows you to treat your minor health conditions, determine if you can safely treat yourself and staff is available for consultation at all times. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are supplied. Self-care unit is open during hours of operation.
Tuberculosis (TB) testing times are listed below. Please call the health center to schedule your TB test during one of the available times. During your appointment for a test placement, you will also need to schedule a follow-up appointment 48-72 hours later for a nurse to interpret and record the result. If you do not attend the test reading component of this process, the test will need to be repeated and you will be charged a $20 fee for the repeat test.
TB Testing Days: Monday and Tuesday between 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. during the Fall and Spring semester.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Etter Health Center for assistance.
We do not have x-ray facilities at the Health Center. If our physician orders an x-ray or other diagnostic imaging tests, you will need to go to another facility to have the test performed. The x-ray facility will bill you or your insurance for the x-ray. The following are facilities in our area that perform x-rays: