On Campus Guide for Parents of College Students
We understand the importance of medical care and realize your concerns, and we want to assure you that quality medical services will be available for your student right here on campus. As parents the following resources will be useful to ensure the students health, wellness and safety.
Immunizations, health history records
- The Cowell Center needs an updated immunization record which are documented on an official immunization form signed by a health provider. Download Immunization Form.
- Many parents choose to have a routine medical exam before the student leaves for college.Cowell Center also needs the student’s Medical Health History so that the student can be treated at the center.This form helps us understand the student's current medications and allergies while treating them in center. Download Medical Health History Form.
Student Health insurance
- Under the Affordable Care Act, individuals must now carry health insurance meeting the minimum essential coverage requirements as defined by the federal government. To ensure that students meet the individual mandate, beginning Fall 2014, all new and continuing students (undergraduate, graduate and law) enrolled in at least half time units are required to provide proof of medical health insurance through a mandatory annual on-line process termed “Hard-Waiver Mandatory”.
- The student health insurance plan offered by Santa Clara University is provided by Aetna. All enrolled SCU students taking at least half time units are eligible to enroll into the Aetna PPO plan. See the Student Health Insurance FAQs for more information. We are always here to help, for any insurance questions students can talk to the Insurance Coordinator, Pat Sandvick.
- Students should carry an insurance card which includes policy numbers, billing address and pharmacy information and encourage your student to carry the card at all times. (A photocopy of the front and back of your card is sufficient.)
- Provide your student with your pharmacy plan card, if you have one. We carry over the counter medications. Most of the medications dispensed at Cowell are inexpensive because of the center’s nonprofit status. Charges for medications are generally billed to the student’s account, but cash and student flex are also accepted.
Supporting your student
- Communication is key. Talk to your son or daughter about situations he/she is likely to face such as stress, time management problems, alcohol and other drug use, nutrition concerns, wellness, sexual behavior, and financial responsibility.
- We know making the transition isn’t easy. Keeping in touch through letters, emails, phone calls and care packages builds a healthy relationship with your son/daughter. However, at the same time, let the student decide the frequency as it gives him/her a sense of independence.
- Encourage your son/daughter to pro-actively care for his/her mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health.
Suggestions for a basic health care kit to send with student
Every student should have some basic medical supplies while at school including:
- Antibiotic ointment
- Cold medicine
- Cold pack
Of course, these supplies may be retrieved at the Cowell Center. Nevertheless, it is helpful for students to have a supply of these items with them.
View the List of Urgent Care and referrals.
We are here to help your student succeed by providing quality healthcare, education and health promotion.