The Office of Student Health Services, located on the first floor of the MountainOne Student Wellness Center, provides health care for students. The health services staff functions as a team. The clinical staff includes two Nurse Practitioners, two Registered Nurses, a Licensed Practical Nurse and a Physician. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. when fall and spring semester classes are in session. Gynecological assessment is available through the Office of Health Services. Necessary referrals to off campus specialists can be arranged through the office.
Emergency services are available at Berkshire Medical Center's Satellite Emergency Facility (SEF) in North Adams. The SEF has emergency diagnostic services, including CT scanning, X-Ray and Laboratory testing. In-patient services are available at world class Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA. In case of a life threatening emergency or if you become ill after Health Services hours, call ext. 5100 and the Campus Police will assist you in getting medical attention. Students should bring a copy of their health insurance card with them when they visit Health Services to facilitate lab work, off campus health care, and the purchase of prescription medication.
A health insurance policy providing basic health care coverage is required in order to attend MCLA. Coverage under an existing plan must meet guidelines mandated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MCLA sponsors a Student Health Insurance plan through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. The Student Accounts Office will automatically bill for this insurance unless a waiver (proof of comparable policy) is completed.
The Code of Massachusetts Regulations requires that all full time (those taking 9 credits or more) undergraduate and graduate students provide documentation of the following immunizations:
- 2 doses of live measles, mumps and rubella vaccine given at least one months apart beginning at or after 12 months of age.
- 1 dose of Tdap or Td (tetanus) within 5 years.
- 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine
- 2 doses of varicella vaccine (chickenpox) given at least four weeks apart beginning at or after 12 months of age.
- 1 dose of meningococcal vaccine within the past 5 years.
Students born in the United States before 1957 may be considered immune to measles, mumps and rubella. This exemption does not apply to students in a health science program who may be in contact with patients. In the case of varicella, the student may provide a statement signed by a health care provider that the student has a reliable history of chickenpox disease. Those born in the United States before 1980 may be considered immune to varicella, with the exception of students in a health science program who may be in contact with patients. Exemption from measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and Hepatitis B vaccination is made for students presenting laboratory evidence of immunity (titers). Meningococcal vaccine is required of all new students regardless of whether they are full or part-time. A waiver is available for meningococcal vaccine only. This waiver states that the student has reviewed the dangers of meningococcal disease and the risks and benefits of vaccine and chooses to decline the vaccination. Exemption from required vaccines is also accepted for students providing written documentation that he or she meets the standards for medical or religious exemption set forth in M.G.L. ch 76 s15. International students may be subject to additional requirements.
All students, regardless of age, enrolled in a course load of 9 credits or more are required to submit a completed health form to the Health Services Office documenting a physical exam done within 1 year prior to attending classes. Physical exams need to be signed and dated by a Health Care Provider.
Students are allowed unlimited visits with a Health Services provider. Most visits are on a walk-in basis and there is no charge for services provided in the Wellness Center. Any patient referrals, Xrays, or other testing sent to a reference lab will be billed to your Health Insurance. MCLA faculty and staff who become ill are also welcome to visit Health Services. The Health Services staff works as an adjunct to, not a replacement for, your primary care provider.
Services provided include:
- Acute care of minor illness or injury
- Physical Assessment
- Women's Health Care including Gynecologic Exams, Emergency Contraception, and Birth Control Counseling
- Prescriptions and select over the counter medications
- Laboratory Testing
- STI Assessment and Testing
- Travel Clinic
- Wellness Programming
- Health Education
- Referral Assistance
Student Health Services and the Wellness Center is a resource for health and wellness information and programming. Many informational events addressing a variety of topics are presented throughout the academic year by the staff of Health Services. The annual spring, MCLA Wellness Fair, is a campus wide attended event that brings together health educators and health promotion information from the MCLA staff as well as the surrounding community.