Student Health and Wellness

Health Services FAQ

In effort to support students’ academic success as well as students’ physical and psychological needs when Health and Counseling Support Services is closed in the evenings, on weekends, and over summer break, we ask you to refer to the following information.

If you need immediate medical attention, please call 911 or go to the Emergency Department at Swedish Covenant Hospital located at the corner of Foster and California avenues, 6 blocks east of campus.

If your health issue is not an emergency or you are unsure, please refer to the information below. (See the next FAQ if you are not sure if you should go to the emergency department or immediate care.)

COUNSELING

North Park University students who are eligible for counseling can inquire about services using the email capability available through the website: www.northpark.edu/counseling

HEALTH SERVICES

North Park University will pay for one office visit through Swedish Covenant Medical Group (SCMG) or Swedish Covenant Immediate Care (SCIC) once per academic year. Students who have not used their free visit to SCMG or SCIC during the fall or spring semesters can still use their free visit in the summer. Please tell the staff at SCMG or SCIC that you are a North Park student and bring your North Park ID. (Please keep in mind that the paid visit does not cover any tests or procedures completed during your visit; these would be charged to your health insurance or you will pay for them out of pocket if you do not have health insurance.)

See below for more information about accessing care at SCMG and SCIC as well as other local immediate care centers at Walgreens and CVS/Target.

Swedish Covenant Medical Group (SCMG)

  • 5215 N. California Avenue on the 6th floor (about a ½ mile walk from campus)
  • The doctors for SCMG are available Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm
  • Students or staff can call 773-878-3627 to make an appointment (have birth date and insurance information available if you have never gone to SCMG)
  • Students must bring valid ID (such as a Driver’s License), North Park ID, and health insurance card to the visit
  • SCMG does not take walk-ins and can rarely make same-day appointments for new patients. If you need to see someone right away, go to Swedish Covenant Immediate Care.

Swedish Covenant Immediate Care Centers (2 locations)

  • Closest Immediate Care location: 6141 N. Cicero Avenue (773-293-8788)
  • Other Immediate Care location: 2019 W. Irving Park Road (773-293-8787)
  • Will perform basic physicals for $45, but health insurance will not be billed and the free North Park visit cannot be used for physicals
  • Swedish Covenant Immediate Care center hours:
    • Monday through Friday 8am to 8pm
    • Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4pm

Walgreens Take Care Clinic

CVS Minute Clinics

  • Can walk in or hold a place in line at www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/clinic-locator
  • Provides full physicals for $89; sports/camp physical for $69; provides the meningococcal conjugate vaccine for $140 and the Tdap vaccine for $63; provides TB testing

2112 W. Peterson Avenue (inside Target; at Western and Ravenswood)

  • 866-389-ASAP (2727)
  • MinuteClinic® hours:
    • M – F: 9am – 7:30pm
    • Saturday: 9am – 4pm
    • Sunday: 9am – 4pm

4051 N. Lincoln Avenue

  • 866-389-ASAP (2727)
  • MinuteClinic® hours:
    • M – F: 8:30am – 7:3pm
    • Saturday: 9am – 5:30pm
    • Sunday: 9am – 4:30pm

Sometimes it is difficult to determine when you should go to the emergency department (ED), an immediate care center, or your primary care physician. The following suggested guidelines can help you determine which health care setting may best meet your needs. However, it is your choice to pursue care at any health care setting regardless of the guidelines below.

See the previous FAQ on what to do when Health Services is closed for the addresses, phone numbers, and hours of Swedish Covenant Immediate Care, Swedish Covenant Medical Group (primary care providers), and other local immediate care centers within Walgreens and CVS/Target.

Call 911 (paramedics) or go to the Emergency Department for conditions listed below:

  • Chest pain with shortness of breath that lasts longer than 2 minutes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Suicidal feelings with plan to commit suicide (OR call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255)
  • Facial or tongue swelling, tightness in throat, or hives/itching over all or most of the body
  • Fell and was unconscious
  • Injury to eye or chemical exposure to eye (may consider going to an ophthalmologist, such as Family Eye Physicians at 773-866-2020)
  • Burn that is larger than the size of the palm of the hand involving more than top layer of skin
  • Headache that is new, worst of your life, or involves vision changes
  • Cannot get out of bed or chair due to weakness, dizziness, or lightheadedness
  • Vomiting or diarrhea that is accompanied by one or more of the following:
    • Has occurred more than 5-6 times in 24 hours
    • Is accompanied by a fever (greater than 101°F)
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • Dehydration (no urination within the last 6 hours)
  • Bleeding from a wound that cannot be stopped with consistent pressure
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Injury (for example, a fracture) that causes great pain, unable to bear weight
  • Pain or swelling in one or both testicles (males)
  • Unwanted sexual encounter (especially if it occurred within the last few days)

Go to Immediate Care or your Primary Care Physician (PCP) for the following conditions listed below:

  • Vomiting or diarrhea (about 5-6 times in 24 hours) but urinating every 6 hours
  • Fever >100.4ᵒ F
  • Wound that may require stitches (bleeding has stopped)
  • Swollen ankle, not able to walk well but can bear weight
  • Cold and flu symptoms (try over-the-counter medications or other natural remedies for first 7-10 days of symptoms; see primary care physician or immediate care if symptoms are more than 7-10 days)
  • Burn involving more than the top layer of skin (may include blisters) to an area less than the size of the palm of the hand
  • Scratchy feeling in eye with redness and/or drainage and crusting
  • Hives or itching on part of the body
  • Panic attack or cutting/self-harm (may also request Counseling Support)
  • Pain with urination or frequent urination
  • Ear pain
  • Dizziness, but can walk independently

North Park University’s Health Services center is staffed by a master’s prepared registered nurse for 20 hours a week (see nurse’s hours). The University Nurse can provide some over-the-counter medications and conduct some tests under the direction of a doctor from Swedish Covenant Immediate Care. Currently, Health Services offers the following care and services:

  • Evaluation and treatment of minor illnesses (such as, cuts, burns, or sprains)
  • Select over-the counter medications (see Self-Serve Medication Station, below, for more information on the types of medications available in Health Services)
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Strep A testing (depending on the severity of sore throat symptoms)
  • Blood glucose testing
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Peak flow measurements for students with asthma
  • Tuberculosis skin testing (PPD) (offered during certain weeks of the school year; cost is related to the cost of supplies)
  • Vaccinations for influenza and tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (cost is related to the cost of supplies)
  • Lab requisition for blood tests at Swedish Covenant Lab (such as, titer levels to prove immunity or Interferon-Gamma Release Assays (IGRAs); students are responsible for the fees incurred)
  • Referrals to other community health care providers
  • Select medical supplies (such as, cold packs, bandages, and condoms)
  • Select medical equipment (such as, crutches and wheel chairs) can be borrowed from Health Services; students will be charged full replacement cost if these items are not returned

Self-Serve Medication Station

If you come to Health Services when the University Nurse is not present, then you can still get over-the-counter medications from the Self-Serve Medication Station to help you get through your day and get back to class. Tell the Office Manager that you would like to access the Self-Serve Medication Station and she will show you what to do.

Health Services asks that you take a maximum of a two-day supply or enough to tide you over until you can get to a pharmacy or back home for your own supply. The over-the-counter medications that are available at the Self-Serve Medication Station include:

  • Acetaminophen (also known as Tylenol) and ibuprofen (also known as Advil or Motrin) for aches, pains, and fever
  • Phenylephrine (nasal decongestant)
  • Guaifenesin (cough expectorant)
  • Bacitracin (antibiotic ointment for cuts, scrapes, burns, and other skin irritation)
  • Band-aids
  • Cold/hot packs
  • Hydrocortisone cream (anti-itch cream for small areas of hives or bug bites)
  • Cough drops
  • Squinchers electrolyte replacement (when vomiting or diarrhea is present and you don’t have Gatorade or Vitamin Water handy)
  • Calcium carbonate (also known as TUMS) for upset stomach, heart burn, and indigestion
  • Bismouth Subsalicylate (also known as Pepto-Bismol) for upset stomach, heart burn, indigestion, nausea, gas, belching, and fullness
  • Simethicone (also known as Mylanta or Gas-X) for relief of pressure, bloating, and fullness associated with gas
  • Saline packets to use with your neti pot for nasal congestion or allergies

Condoms (both male and female) and tampons are available on the book shelf in the waiting room.

Health Services is available to all North Park students for health assessments 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

North Park University no longer requires proof of insurance coverage for full-time undergraduate or part-time Seminary students. There may be additional coverage requirements for student athletes.

However, we strongly encourage all students to obtain health insurance coverage, as is required by the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Students can either obtain health insurance through their parents’ plans (if under the age of 26) or  go to HealthCare.gov to purchase health insurance packages. Learn more about students accessing health insurance.

  • Open enrollment for health insurance packages usually starts November 1st and goes through the middle of December.
  • At HealthCare.gov , you’ll find a variety of plans and prices. Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for savings based on your income. But if someone will claim you as a tax dependent on next year’s tax return, you won’t be eligible for extra savings.
  • You may be able to get coverage after the open enrollment period if you qualify for a Special Enrollment PeriodAnswer a few fast questions to find out.

North Park University will pay for one health care visit for sickness or injury at Swedish Covenant Medical Group (SCMG) or Swedish Covenant Immediate Care (SCIC) per academic year. Students who have not used their free visit to SCMG or SCIC during the fall or spring semesters can still use their free visit in the summer. This paid visit does not include the cost for procedures or tests (these can be paid for out of pocket or billed to your health insurance). Please tell the staff at SCMG OR SCIC that you are a North Park student and bring your North Park ID.

No. Because of our commitment to patient confidentiality, Health Services will not provide medical excuses for students who have missed classes, exams, or due dates for papers or projects due to sickness.

However, when students come to Health Services, they will be given “Take Home Instructions,” which will show that the student has come to Health Services and explains the nurse’s treatment recommendations for the student. If the student is running a fever, the nurse will check a box on the “Take Home Instructions” that says the student should not go to class or work until the student has been fever free (without medications) for 24 hours. Students can take a picture of this completed form and email it to their professors to communicate with their professors about their illness.

Health Services can assist the student in communicating with professors via the Student Engagement office if the student has been seen by a physician or nurse practitioner and has written documentation that missing classes is part of the prescribed treatment plan.

Visits to North Park University’s Health Services, Swedish Covenant Medical Group (SCMG), or Swedish Covenant Immediate Care centers—and all corresponding records—are confidential and cannot be reviewed or released to anyone without the consent of the student.

When North Park University’s Health Services refers students to SCMG or one of the Swedish Covenant Immediate Care centers, the student will be given a Release of Medical Information Form to provide to staff at Swedish. This Form allows staff at Swedish to send your progress notes and test results for the medical visit back to the nurse in Health Services. Although students are not required to sign and provide the Release of Medical Information Form, it is intended to improve the continuity of care for the student.

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 or at Swedish Covenant Immediate Care centers. Charges will be billed to the student and/or their health insurance.

Students who need to be examined by a physician or nurse practitioner for an illness or injury will be referred to their primary care physician or a Swedish Covenant Medical Group or one of two Swedish Covenant Immediate Care locations.

North Park University will pay for one visit for an illness or injury at Swedish Covenant Medical Group (SCMG) or Swedish Covenant Immediate Care (SCIC) once per academic year. Students who have not used their free visit to SCMG or SCIC during the fall or spring semesters in 2017-2018 can still use their free visit in the summer of 2018. Please tell the staff at SCMG or SCIC that you are a North Park student and bring your North Park ID, health insurance card, and driver’s license or state ID with you.

Physical exams and other lab tests for students may be done with your primary care physician, a physician from Swedish Covenant Medical Group (SCMG) or a provider at Swedish Covenant Immediate Care. You will need to schedule an appointment independently.

The charge for the physical will be based on the complexity of the exam and any tests required to complete the physical. You should ask about potential costs at the time of scheduling the appointment, as well as what could be covered by your health insurance. Providers at Swedish Covenant Immediate Care will only do sports and school physicals and will charge the patient directly (usually $45; no billing to health insurance).

For an appointment for a physical with Swedish Covenant Immediate Care, call (773) 878-3627.

SCMG is located at 5215 N. California Avenue, 6th floor. For an appointment for a physical with Swedish Covenant Immediate Care, call 773-293-8788.

Students are required by the State of Illinois to submit proof of up-to-date immunizations for Measles, Mumps, Rubella (or MMR) and Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis. Students who are under the age of 22 are also required to show proof of meningococcal conjugate vaccine.

The deadline for submitting immunizations to Health Services is July 15th for the Fall semester and December 15th for the Spring semester. Students not in compliance with the regulations will be hindered from registering for subsequent semesters.

For additional information refer to the Immunization Record Form.

Most services, medications, and tests provided in Health Services are free for students. However, there is often a charge for the following services:

  • PPD test (tuberculosis skin test)
  • Seasonal flu vaccine
  • Vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap)

Services provided in Health Services that require an extra fee will be billed to your student account. You will sign a form that shows you understand when certain services will be billed to your student account.

In addition, please note the following:

  • Selected medical supplies can be borrowed from Health Services. Student accounts will be charged at full replacement cost if these items are not returned.
  • North Park University will pay for one health care visit for sickness or injury at Swedish Covenant Medical Group (SCMG) or Swedish Covenant Immediate Care (SCIC) once per academic year. Students who have not used their free visit to SCMG or SCIC during the fall or spring semesters can still use their free visit in the summer. This free, one-time visit does not include the cost for procedures or tests (these can be paid for out of pocket or billed to your health insurance). Please tell the staff at SCMG OR SCIC that you are a North Park student and bring your North Park ID.
  • Laboratory fees at Swedish Covenant Hospital are billed at a reduced price for North Park students.