Student Health Services

Eileen Egan-Hineline, MS, RN-BC, , Director
Denise Lundy, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C
Katherine Geiger, MS, RN
Pam Foster, BS-HSA, Medical Records and Insurance Compliance Coordinator
Sharon Singh-Passley, Administrative Assistant 

Landon Student Union Suite 104,
Office: 305-899-3750 Fax: 305 899-3751
e-mail: healthservices@barry.edu
Web page: http://www.barry.edu/health-services

Hours

Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm
Operational hours may vary, depending on students' needs.
Contact security at 305-899-3333 for any on-campus emergencies.

For other non-emergency needs, contact your resident assistant or your primary care provider.

For Non-life threatening illnesses you can utilize Healthiest You telehealth services @ 1-855-870-5858 or visit student.healthiestyou.com. This service is free to students on the student health insurance plan. Students with private insurance will need to pay a nominal fee.

Purpose Statement

Student Health Services (SHS) serves as the primary advocate for the health of Barry University students by integrating the critical role of college health into the university mission. The Student Health Services is here to remove health related barriers to our students’ academic success. This is achieved by providing access to primary care with a board certified Doctor of Nursing Practice, offsite physician referrals, access to affordable ACA compliant insurance plans and health education and programming.. In addition, SHS acts as the university’s primary advocate for health-related initiatives and concerns to promote a healthy community and healthy individuals as critical component of student learning.

Services Provided by Student Health

Student Health Services at Barry University is a fully functional primary care center. We provide access to primary care with a board-certified Nurse Practitioner and registered nurses.

  • Assessment of injury or illness by a registered nurse
  • Primary Care services by a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner* (appointments required for wellness visits)
  • Access to select non-prescription medications
  • Limited in-house prescription medications
  • Access to Required immunizations

Additional Non-Clinical Services

  • Insurance consultation
  • Health education
  • Off-site physician referrals
  • Access to an affordable national group health  insurance plan* (Mandatory for all FT UG non PACE and all GR students taking 4 credits or more excluding online programs, unless an approved waiver is received)
  • Sponsored health education and programming

*Service is independently billed from the retailer and insurance company. Insurance premium may be deferred to the student’s account during the open enrollment period. For details on the Barry Student Insurance Plan, provided by United Healthcare Student Resources, please visit www.uhcsr.com/barry.

Services not provided

  • X-rays and other sophisticated diagnostic testing
  • Specialty physician care
  • Dental care
  • Vision Care
  • Emergency care after-hours
  • Overnight infirmary services
  • Student transportation

Student Health Fee

All full-time undergraduate students will be billed $60 per semester (once in the fall and once in the spring) for the Student Health Access Plan. All graduate students living in university housing will also be billed. All other graduate students requesting primary care services at SHS will be billed the semester charge of $60 for the Student Health Access Plan at the time services are provided. This plan cover all primary care services provided at SHS with the exception of the following:

  • Female Wellness Exams (PAP Test)
  • Laboratory Services provided at an off-site laboratory**
  • Select In-house prescriptive drugs (copay will apply )
  • Select Immunizations. Certain Immunizations provided will be assessed a nominal charge.

** These services are independently billed from the retailer and insurance company.

Confidentiality

All medical records are strictly confidential. Only a signed form by a student (18 years or older) or parent/guardian (for students under 18) may allow a release of medical information.

Student Involvement

Students are encouraged to discuss their questions and suggestions regarding medical care with the staff at SHS. Your participation and involvement is important in helping us meet the needs of students. You are encouraged to join the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC).

Responsibility of Students

Failure to comply with the university’s health policy may negatively affect the student’s registration process and/or university housing arrangements.

Immunizations

Barry University Student Health Services believes the entire Barry community is best served when every student is immunized. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, most vaccine-preventable diseases are spread from person to person. If one person in a community gets and infectious disease, he or she can spread it to others who are not immunized or who have lower immunity. The more people who are immunized, the fewer opportunities a disease has to spread and the healthier the community. Therefore beginning with the incoming class of the fall 2018, All undergraduates (excluding PACE and online programs) and All international (F-1 & J-1 visa) students are required to provide medical documentation of the following immunizations.

Medically documented proof of:

  • Adult tetanus vaccination, diphtheria and pertussis vaccination (Tdap) within the past 10 years
  • Two measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccines (with the first dose at the age of 12 to 15 months or later and the second dose at age 4 to 6 years or later) or laboratory proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Meningitis vaccination within the past five years (required if living in campus housing)
  • Hepatitis B (series of 3) 

All students are strongly encouraged to provide a statement of good health and proof of, Hepatitis A, Varicella (if no documented case of chicken pox), Meningitis B and an annual influenza vaccinations .PPD (tuberculosis) screenings prior to attending Barry University and a yearly screening is also strongly advised All required and recommended vaccinations are available at SHS.

Immunization records received by SHS are entered into the university computer system for lifelong retrieval. Hard copies of vaccinations administered by the staff of SHS are maintained for seven years in SHS. Student Health Services assists all academic programs by providing those immunizations that are required for academic matriculation and clinical rotations.

New Students

Download the Immunization Record form and take it to your health care provider to be completed and signed. Go to http://barry.studenthealthportal.com/ and follow the instructions for entering your immunizations and uploading the immunization form (or other acceptable record of immunization) prior to the first day of classes. You will have access to the portal after you have registered for classes during Barry 101. The student health portal is designed to help you manage your immunization requirements quickly and easily. You can use this site to submit various online forms and track your own health history at Student Health Services. If you have any difficulty with the portal, please email your records to healthservices@barry.edu.

Acceptable records of immunizations may be obtained from the following sources:

  • High School records
  • Personal shot records (signed or stamped by a healthcare provider)
  • Health Department or physician records
  • Military documents or World Health Organization documents
  • Previous college or university immunization records (these records do not automatically transfer, you must request a copy)

Immunization Exemptions

  • Age – If a student was born before January 1, 1957, an age exemption applies only for measles (rubeola), mumps and rubella (German measles).
  • Religious Beliefs - A formal Religious Beliefs Exemption form may be completed based on religious beliefs. The student must first meet with a registered nurse at the SHS and sign a form acknowledging that they have been counseled about the risks and benefits of vaccines. Additionally, the student must do a baseline measles, mumps and rubella antibody lab test. General philosophical or moral reluctance to allow immunizations is not a sufficient basis for an accommodation (exemption). Students applying for this exemption must do so prior to beginning classes or, if attention on an F1 or J1 visa, prior to their initial registration for classes.
  • Medical – a formal Medical Exemption may be completed by persons with certain medical conditions and/or contraindications (permanent or temporary) to certain vaccines. A letter from the student’s physician or the official State of Florida Medical Exemption form must be submitted to SHS. Additionally, the student must do a baseline measles, mumps and rubella antibody lab test. Students applying for this exemption must do so prior to beginning classes or, if attention on an F1 or J1 visa, prior to their initial registration for classes.

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF A VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASE OCCURS ON CAMPUS, STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN VACCINATED OR DO NOT HAVE IMMUNITY VERIFIED BY LAB TEST WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM CAMPUS HOUSING, ATTENDING CLASSES AND/OR OTHER CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

Insurance Requirements

Beginning with registration for fall 2018, all undergraduate students taking 9 credits or more, and graduate students taking 4 credits or more (excluding online programs) are required to be fully insured in the state of Florida.

To assist with this process, all full-time undergraduate students and all graduate students taking 4 credits or more will be front billed at registration for the semester of the student health insurance through United Health Care Student Resources. If you have private insurance coverage that meets the waiver standards, you may waive the student health insurance fee to have the semester amount credited back to your student account.

Students MUST complete the insurance waiver and upload a copy of their insurance card prior to the first 30 days of the semester. The insurance cost is nonrefundable after the waiver period ends. The waiver will only be available for completion after the student has registered for the semester. An email will be sent to the students Barry email account 24-48 hours after they register notifying them of the billing and where to go to complete the wavier. This waiver will need to be completed with each subsequent fall semester

If a student insurance charge has been assessed to a student’s account due to lack of compliance with the university policy, or denial of waiver, such charges are irrevocable and will not be credited under any circumstance.

Please be advised: Completion of the waiver does not guarantee that your insurance will be accepted as adequate by the university. Students whose waiver are denied for their primary plan will be notified and the cost of the student insurance will remain on the student’s bill.

MANDATORY ACCIDENT INSURANCE All fulltime undergraduate students attending classes on the university’s Main Campus, graduate students living in university housing, and students enrolled in the Division of Medicine will be billed a per semester charge for a Student Accident Plan for medical treatment for injuries that occur due to an on/off campus accident. This plan will provide coverage for visits to off-campus providers at 100% to a maximum of $2,500.00 per accident per semester (fall and spring). Both plans are available for all other students who wish to enroll on a voluntary basis. Voluntary enrollment in the Student Accident Plan is available for all other graduate students with a personal primary insurance plan regardless of their housing status.

For complete plan details, please contact SHS at healthservices@barry.edu. All required health forms may be downloaded fromwww.barry.edu/health-services.

Waiver forms must be completed through Partner Center at www.studentcenter.UHCSR.com/barry 24-48 hours after registering for classes. .

Please make copies of all records and information you provide to SHS for your files.

Excuses for Missing Class

Student Health Services does not routinely provide excuses for students who miss class due to illness or injury. Students who need to miss class due to illness/injury are encouraged by their academic program and by SHS to notify their faculty that they are ill or injured and unable to attend (and follow the directions provided by the faculty member on the course syllabus.) It is the purview of the faculty to determine when or if a student will be excused from class.

This policy is consistent with our commitment to maintain confidentiality, encourage more appropriate use of health care resources, and support meaningful dialogue between teacher and student. Students are responsible for promptly notifying instructors about absences caused by illness or injury, preferably prior to the class time rather than after the class time.

Students with communicable illness who are seen in SHS will be give documentation of the illness to provide to their faculty.  Students who experiences a serious long term illness should contact the   Dean of Students office.

Emergency Transportation

Student Health Services reserves the right to request medical clearance from any student who is transported to the emergency room from campus. If requested, the student must present medical clearance to SHS within twenty-four (24) hours after returning to campus and /or the residence halls. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action toward the student, including removal from university housing.

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