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 Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, a Physician and an Office Manager. 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 or more credits) undergraduate and graduate students under age 30 and ALL full and part-time Health Science students provide documentation of the following immunizations:
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 (MenACWY) 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 under the age of 30, and ALL Health Science students regardless of age, enrolled in 9 or more credits are required to submit all completed health forms and a copy of their most recent physical exam to Health Services prior to the students arrival on campus.
During the ongoing pandemic, all services provided through Health Services will be by appointment. There is no walk-in service currently. The medical care provided will continue through these options: telemedicine (through doxy.me) or in-person scheduled visits. Students will be encouraged to call 413-662-5421; at that time, the student will be triaged and provided an appointment. Students are allowed unlimited visits with a Health Services provider throughout the semester. There is no charge for the services that are provided at Health Services. If students are sent for evaluation at the Emergency Room, x-rays, or other laboratory testing at Berkshire Health Systems or any outside community provider, the student's health insurance will be billed (copays and deductibles will apply).
Services provided include:
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.
Phone: (413) 662-5421
Fax: (413) 662-5572
For emergency contact Public Safety: 413-662-5100
Paul Donovan, D.O.