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Frequently Asked Questions for Student Health and Counseling

Health Center FAQs

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1. What medical services does Health Services offer?

  • Evaluation and treatment of minor illnesses
  • First aid
  • Lab testing: Urinalysis, pregnancy
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Select over the counter drugs, limited to two day supply
  • Crutches and other select medical supplies can be borrowed from Health Services. Students will be charged full replacement cost if these items are not returned.
  • Allergy injections (please schedule an appointment)
  • Immunizations, cost is related to cost of supplies
  • Seasonal flu vaccine, cost is related to cost of supplies
  • Tuberculosis skin testing (PPD), $10.00
  • Referrals to other community health providers

2. Who may use Health Services?

Health Services is available to all North Park students for immunizations and health education. All other services are for:

  • Full-time traditional undergraduate student (taking 6 hours or more in the current semester)
  • Seminary students taking 5 hours or more in the current semester

3. Do I need to be covered under North Park's student health insurance plan?

It is not necessary to be covered under North Park's student health insurance plan to use the Health Center's services. However, insurance (either private or North Park's) is required of traditional undergraduate students. Students (especially from out-of-state) are encouraged to examine and be aware of the limits of their health insurance coverage.

  • Please contact the Student Services Office at (773) 244-5560 for information regarding obtaining North Park University student health insurance.

4. What immunizations am I required to have as a student?

Students born after 1956 are required by the State of Illinois to submit proof of up-to-date immunizations for red measles, second red measles, mumps, rubella (or MMR) and tetanus/diphtheria booster within last ten years. Students not in compliance with the regulations will be hindered from registering for subsequent semesters.  For additional information refer to the Immunization Record Form.

5. What if I need a physical or other lab tests not done at Health Services Center?

Students in need of physical exams for athletic, employment or other reasons may have them done at Swedish Covenant Hospital Medical Associates (SCHMA). The charge is based on the complexity of the physical. It is recommended you ask about potential costs at the time of scheduling the appointment. A co-payment is generally required and is due at the time of the visit. For an appointment for a physical, call (773) 878-3627 and identify yourself as a North Park student.

All LAB FEES ARE EXTRA. Charges are dependent on the point of service:

  • Galter Medical Lab (5140 N California Ave, first floor)
    Lab fees are payable to the North Park University Health Center, are discounted for eligible students, and often cost less than the typical insurance co-pay.
  • Medical Group Associates Lab (5215 N California Ave, sixth floor)
    Fees are payable to the Medical Group Associates Lab.

6. Where will I be referred if I am ill and need to see a doctor?

Students are referred to the Medical Group Associates at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Examination by a physician for an illness or medical problem at Swedish Covenant Hospital Medical Group Associates (arranged through Health Services). There is no charge to the student for the first visit to the Medical Group, subsequent visits are charged to the student’s individual health insurance. Some medical procedures at SCHMGA may require patient payment. Health Services can assist you with inquiry about individual procedure costs. Always have your insurance card with you.

Location: 5215 N. California, Suite 603/604
Phone: (773) 878-3627 (DOCS)
Time: M-F, 8:30 am–4:00 pm

7. What if I need x-rays or tests or I need to be hospitalized?

Students requiring hospitalization can be admitted to Swedish Covenant Hospital or another area hospital. X-rays and laboratory tests can also be done at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Charges will go to the individual health insurance; a co-pay by the patient will be required.

8. Will my visit and records be kept confidential?

Visits to Health Services or the Swedish Covenant Hospital Medical Group Associates—and all corresponding records—are confidential and cannot be reviewed or released to anyone without the consent of the student.

9. Who do I call after hours or in case of emergency?

In case of emergency: Call 9-1-1 or go directly to the Swedish Covenant Hospital Emergency Department, located at 5140 N. California near the intersection of Foster and California, six blocks east of campus.

10. What will I pay at Health Services?

Examinations by a physician at Swedish Covenant Hospital Medical Group Associates (SCHMGA) are arranged through Health Services. There is no charge during the fall and spring semesters, and a $25.00 charge during the summer semester. Some medical procedures at SCHMGA may require patient payment. Check first at Health Services for individual procedure cost. Always have your insurance card with you. Cash, check, Mastercard, Discover, Visa, or American Express cards are accepted at Health Services. Medical Reduction credit cards cannot be processed by Health Services. A 2.5% convenience fee will be added to all credit card charges by North Park University’s accounts payable. Payment is made at the time of service for the following:

  • Office visit with nurse
  • Urinalysis
  • Pregnancy test
  • Selected over-the-counter drugs, limited 2 day supply
  • Crutches and other selected medical supplies can be borrowed from the Health Service Center.  Students will be charged at full replacement cost if these items are not returned.
  • Examination by a physician at Swedish Covenant Hospital Medical Group Associates  (arranged through Health Services). There is no charge during the fall and spring semesters, and a $25.00 charge during the summer semester. Some medical procedures at SCHMGA may require patient payment.
  • PPD (tuberculosis skin test): $10
  • Seasonal flu vaccine (cost determined each year)
  • Laboratory fees at Swedish Covenant Hospital are billed at Health Services' cost, billed at a reduced price and generally less than an insurance co-pay.

Please contact Health Services if you find you have additional questions.