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Campus Health

The Nebraska Methodist College Campus Health Center is here to keep you healthy while you focus on your studies. Primary care services are available to the campus community. We have an on-staff physician assistant and RN.

You can expect the same types of services you can get from your family doctor. We also provide all immunizations, physicals and lab tests required for class and clinical participation. 

Learn more about our policies and immunization requirements.

Appointments

The Campus Health Center is located on the second floor of the 501 building. You will need your student ID badge to enter the building.

Appointments should be made for all health needs except emergencies. Walk-in appointments are available on a limited basis.

To book an appointment, please call 402-354-7211 or 402-354-7260.

Call To Book

Hours of Operation:

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Fall and spring semesters

* Summer hours vary 

About Campus Health

After Hours

Please leave a message at (402) 354-7211 or 402-354-7260. You will receive a call back to schedule a visit the following business day. 

If you have an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest urgent care center or emergency room for treatment.

The nearest emergency room location is:

Methodist Hospital
8303 Dodge St.
Omaha NE 68114
(402) 354-4000

The nearest Methodist Physicians Clinic Urgent Care location is:

10710 Fort St.
Omaha NE 68134
(402) 354-7540

Weeknights, 6 -10 p.m.
Weekends & holidays, noon - 6 p.m.

Services

Campus Health can diagnose and treat acute illnesses, infections and injuries, such as:

  • Cold/flu
  • Strep throat
  • Allergies
  • UTI
  • Rash
  • Musculoskeletal complaints
  • Mental health concerns

Other services available:

  • Women's health, including Pap testing
  • STI testing
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Lab work, including CBC, mono, cholesterol, etc.
  • Immunizations
  • Physicals
  • Suture removal
  • Cerumen removal
  • Wound care
  • Burn care
  • Titers
  • Wellness Planning
  • Nutrition Planning
  • Fitness Planning
  • Nebulizer treatments

Fees

Health Services are available to all NMC students and employees.

Students who have a campus health fee associated with their program have access to free office visits, TB skin testing, Flu shots, in-office lab testing, nebulizer treatments, suture and cerumen removal and more.

If your program does not have a campus health fee as part of your regular enrollment, you may still access services; however, you will be charged for the office visit and any subsequent services.

A minimal charge will be assessed to all students and employees for laboratory tests, diagnostic tests, immunizations or any services delivered off the NMC campus.

Over-the-counter medications and STI testing are available to all NMC students and employees free of charge in the Campus Health Center.

Required Health and Safety Records

To make completing and updating your health and safety requirements as simple as possible, we’ve partnered with CastleBranch. CastleBranch is a background check and compliance tracking program.

An email will be sent to you with instructions on how to set up your myCB account.

We recommend you use your NMC email address when placing your order to ensure communication for alerts and messages. Your email will become your username for myCB.

The costs for the background check and compliance tracker are automatically added to your NMC student account. Once your myCB account is created and opened, your To-Do list will be visible. 
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Background Check

Your background check is initiated when you create your myCB account. Personal information requested:

  • Full name,
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Current address
  • Phone number
  • NMC email.
  • Nebraska Child and/or Adult Abuse & Neglect Central Registry Check
    • Download form, click link and complete online. 
If you are less than 19 years old, you must get notarized parental consent. Notaries on campus are Crystal Lush (501 Center) and Mike Evert (Clark Center).
Drug Screen

Drug Screening

Students who participate in any clinical or fieldwork experiences are required to verify they are drug-free to meet the requirements of the agencies providing the fieldwork/clinical experiences. Drug testing will be done through the Nebraska Methodist College Campus Health Center. 

When you arrive for your appointment, please bring a photo ID and a parental consent form if you are under 19 years old. 

Call Campus Health at 402-354-7211 or 402-354-7260 to schedule an appointment.

Compliance Checklist

  • Immunizations
  •  Physical Examination
    • Required for all undergraduate students (excluding online-only programs). Download, print and complete the examination form. The form must be signed by a health care provider.
  • BLS/CPR Certification
  • Health Insurance
    • Submit a copy of your current health insurance card or proof of coverage. If your name is not listed on the card (parent/spouse insurance, etc.), obtain a letter of coverage from the insurance company.
  • Drug Screen
    • Drug screens for all local students will be done at the Campus Health Center. Students who are out-of-town or out-of-state can contact Campus Health for other options.
  • Submitting Documents

Student Health Policies

The health of our students is very important to success in and out of the classroom. All students must maintain and adhere to our health policies and procedures.

Degree- and Certificate-Seeking Students

Prior to enrolling, all degree- and certificate-seeking students admitted to NMC must have a physical health exam and must complete the required forms. Although students are welcome to use a healthcare provider of their choice, the NMC Campus Health Center will provide the exam and necessary immunizations at greatly reduced costs. The exam at the Campus Health Center is $30. The Health Center is located on the second floor of the 501 building on the Josie Harper campus. An appointment is required. Call (402) 354-7211 or (402) 354-7260. 

Updated: July 2017

Health Insurance Policy

Health Insurance Requirement: 

Nebraska Methodist College requires students be covered by a comprehensive health insurance plan for the entire academic year and summer. Only students enrolled in a non-clinical online only program are exempt from providing proof of coverage. A comprehensive health insurance plan must include the following: 

  • National coverage for inpatient and outpatient medical care. (Emergency only coverage does not satisfy this requirement.)  
  • National coverage for inpatient and outpatient mental health care. (Emergency only coverage does not satisfy this requirement.)  
  • Coverage is currently active and maintained for the entire academic year and summer. 
  • Offers an unlimited lifetime maximum. 

Proof of insurance: 

The documentation listed below is required for proof of insurance: 

  • A copy of the insurance card (with student name). If student's name is not on the card, request an enrollment verification letter (on company letterhead and signed, proof of payment from insurance company with coverage dates effective).  

  • VA credible coverage letters are acceptable. Valid Military ID is acceptable for Tricare/Deers health insurance. Please submit a copy front and back of a valid military ID. If submitting as an active duty member or retiree and you have a TRICARE Card, you must submit a letter (a letter from DEERS is acceptable) from your carrier along with your card. Contact numbers for DEERS-800.538.9552 and/or TriWest-1-877-988-9378. 

AVAILABLE RESOURCES

Preferred Provider of Individual Insurance

Todd Beran of evolve Benefits in Omaha welcomes any questions about obtaining insurance and getting a quote. You are under no obligation to purchase insurance through Evolve Benefits.

You may reach him at:

Todd Beran, LUTFC
17445 Arbor St., Suite 310 | Omaha, NE 68130
P: (402) 933-3499 | C: (402) 661-4853 | F: (402) 330-8706

Individual Coverage through Affordable Care Act Marketplace 

How to get or stay on a parent's plan? 

  • If a parent's health insurance plan covers dependents, you usually can be added to their plan and stay on it until you turn 26.  
  • If you're a dependent under 26 living in a different state from your parents, see your options here.  

Medicaid and CHIP 

Fill out a Marketplace application any time of year to find out if you qualify for Medicaid and CHIP. 

Individual Coverage through Independent Insurance Companies 

Insurance companies such as, but not limited to, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska, UnitedHealth, Aetna, Humana, and/or Cigna, may offer cost-effective individual health insurance coverage for students and young adults. 

Immunizations

All NMC students are required to keep all necessary immunizations up-to-date. This is in accordance with the policies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. All students must show proof of immunization prior to enrollment at the College. Any changes in status must be reported to the Campus Health Center. Failure to do so may result in an ineligibility to enroll and/or continue in NMC courses.

Updated: July 2017

Infectious Disease Policy

NMC policies and procedures for control of infectious diseases are adapted from the American College Health Association and the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control. They are in compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Within the clinical experience, students are required to employ standard precautions in working with all clients in order to minimize the risk of disease transmission from student to client or from client to student. In some settings, due to infection control standards, specific clinical experiences may not be available to students who are infected with blood-borne viral diseases or other communicable diseases. In those cases, the College will work with students to make efforts to redesign a student's curriculum and to provide the student with appropriate educational experiences consistent with a student's academic and career goals. Students or prospective students with concerns in this area or any related concerns should familiarize themselves with the College's policies as they consider their career choices and are welcome to discuss their concerns with the College's administration or counseling staff.

For more specific information regarding College policies, refer to the campus safety & health pages.

Updated: July 2013

Campus Safety >

Return to Clinical, Class, and Lab Following Illness or Injury Policy

Purpose:
To determine the student's ability to return to normal academic activities in the classroom, lab, and/or clinical to ensure the health and safety of the student, as well as their faculty, classmates and patients.

Policy:
The student must present documentation from their personal healthcare provider to the Campus Health Center prior to returning to the College following an absence caused by orthopedic pain/injury, including back/neck pain, surgery, pregnancy, delivery or other health related situation that may impact the student's ability to engage in normal classroom, laboratory or clinical experiences. Documentation must indicate the date that the student may return to normal academic activities, and must specify any restrictions if applicable.

Students who are enrolled in any clinical or laboratory experience must provide evidence that they satisfactorily meet the technical standards of performance for the program in which they are enrolled. Students with restrictions or who no longer satisfy the technical standards of performance will not be permitted to return to the clinical setting. Participation in the laboratory setting may be restricted depending on the nature of the experience. Restrictions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Infectious Conditions:
Before returning from an absence related to an actual or probable infectious condition including, but not limited to, pink eye, diarrhea/vomiting, rash, draining wounds or influenza, the student may need to be seen by the Campus Health Center for clearance to return to the academic setting (classroom, lab, or clinical). The student may also be requested to present documentation from their personal healthcare provider stating that they are no longer infectious and may return to normal academic activities in the classroom, lab, or clinical settings.

All documentation related to the issues above shall be presented to the Campus Health Center where it will be placed in the student's medical file. Misrepresenting your personal circumstances to a member of the Campus Health Center, clinical agency, faculty, or College official constitutes academic dishonesty and is grounds for disciplinary action.

Student Exposure to Illness

As healthcare providers, Nebraska Methodist College students are at increased risk of exposure to communicable and blood borne illnesses (including, but not limited to: influenza, hepatitis, pertussis).

Students are required to maintain complete and current health and immunization records with Student Health Services. This requirement ensures the well-being of students, clients and the NMC community.

Please refer to your Program Handbook and Campus Health Center policy for guidance should an exposure occur.

Updated: July 2013

Tuberculosis Policy

All Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) students who will be enrolled in a clinical course will be required to undergo TB skin testing (TST) upon program entry and repeated only in the event of a known exposure or positive annual questionnaire.  A complete TST is one which has been placed and read 48-72 hours after placement. Students will be allowed 1 year plus 7 days from their previous TST to complete the annual requirement.  If more time has elapsed since the previous test or questionnaire, the student will not be allowed to attend clinical until the TST is placed and read. A two-step TB test may be required. If clinical site requires annual TST, student must have the test placed and read before beginning clinical.

TB Screening Guidelines:

  • At the time of enrollment, students shall receive two Mantoux TB Skin Tests given 1-3 weeks apart unless:
    • Two negative TB skin tests within the past twelve months OR
    • 2 years of consecutive annual negative TB skin tests are documented OR
    • Documentation of negative IGRA (T-Spot or Quantiferon Gold) within the past 12 months
    • Program requires 1 step
  • Annual TB screening is required thereafter.

TB Screening Exceptions: (Annual TB Symptom Survey required)

  • Written documentation of a previously positive TB skin test or IGRA along with negative chest x-ray, OR
  • Evidence of completion of adequate therapy for active TB or LTBI (latent TB infection), OR
  • Severe reaction to a previous TST

Procedure:

  • All students will be screened for active signs and symptoms of disease as well as risk factors
  • Inject 0.1 ml of purified protein derivative (PPD) containing 5 tuberculin units (TU) intradermally into the volar surface of the forearm
  • History of BCG vaccination does not preclude TST
  • If a student has recently received a live-virus vaccine (varicella, MMR, for example) skin testing should be delayed for 4-6 weeks. However, a TST can be performed the same day as live-virus vaccine administration
  • A TST that was not measured and recorded in mm of induration must be repeated.

Interpretation of TST results:

  • The TST should be read 48-72 hours after injection by Campus Health, a licensed healthcare professional, or other trained individuals approved by Campus Health.
  • Measure the transverse diameter of the induration across the forearm, perpendicular to the long axis.
  • Induration is measured and recorded in millimeters (mm).  If no induration is present, record as "0 mm"
  • Redness or bruising is not measured
  • Interpretation of results depends on both millimeters of induration and the factors related to risk of exposure to TB disease and risk for progression once infected.

>5mm is positive in the following:

  • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • Recent close contacts of and individual with infectious TB disease
  • Persons with an X-ray suggestive of previous TB
  • Immunosuppressed persons-organ transplant or other

>10 mm is positive in the following:

  • Persons born in  a high prevalence country (see Appendix A)
  • IV drug users
  • Mycobacteriology lab workers
  • Resident or worker in high risk congregate settings
  • Persons with high risk clinical conditions including
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Hematology disorders
  • Carcinoma of head or neck, lung cancer
  • Gastrectomy or intestinal bypass, chronic malabsorption syndromes
  • Low body weight

>15mm induration is positive in persons with no known risk factors.

Positive TST:

Students with positive TST must undergo chest radiography and a medical examination.

  1. If the chest X-ray and exam are normal, treatment for latent TB infection (LTBI) is recommended.  It is the responsibility of the Campus Health Center (CHC) to coordinate and document whether the student completes treatment.  It is also the responsibility of the CHC to document if a student begins treatment but does not complete, or refuses treatment altogether. In these instances, the student is required to complete an annual symptom evaluation by a medical professional before being allowed to register for subsequent academic terms. CHC will be responsible for educating the student on the signs and symptoms of active TB and encourage prompt evaluation if any symptoms develop. BCG false positive TST testing will be discussed by PCP.
  2. If the chest X-ray or exam are abnormal, active TB disease must be excluded.  It is the responsibility of the CHC to notify the local Health Department that a student has a positive TST and abnormal chest X-ray and to seek its guidance on further evaluation.
  3. If the student is diagnosed with active TB disease but determined to be non-contagious(as determined by the Health Department) the student must undergo treatment to remain enrolled at Nebraska Methodist College.  The student may continue to attend classes as long as he adheres to treatment.  It is the responsibility of the SHC to document that a student has completed treatment.
  4. If upon further testing a student is diagnosed with active TB disease that is contagious, the CHC will work closely with the Health Department to isolate and treat the infected student and to identify and test people who have come into contact with the infected student. The college with implement appropriate communication efforts with students, parents and the community.  All students who have been diagnosed with active TB must be certified by the Health Department as non-contagious and in adherence with their treatment before they are allowed to return to campus.  The CHC is responsible for documenting this in the student's file.
  5. Documentation of blood testing, examination, chest x-ray, and TB Symptom Survey must be submitted to Campus Health Clinic and uploaded to CastleBranch (if applicable).

Updated April 20, 2020

Immunization Requirements

REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS (Program-specific requirements may vary)

  • Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) | Two doses of MMR vaccine given after the 1st birthday and at least one month apart are required of all students born after 1957.
    OR
    Positive blood tests showing immunity for measles, mumps and rubella.
  • Hepatitis B | A two or three dose series depending on vaccine. (Two doses of heplisav-B at least four weeks apart or a three dose series of engerix-B, recombivax B or twinrix at 0, 1  and 6 months old.)
    AND
    A positive blood test showing immunity for Hepatitis B (Hepatitis B surface antibody)
  • Tdap | One dose of Tdap given within the last 10 years
  • Chicken Pox/Varicella | Two doses of varicella vaccine
    OR
    A positive blood test showing immunity for varicella
    (Disease history is not accepted.)
  • Annual Influenza | Annual seasonal influenza vaccine (during flu season)
  • Tuberculosis Screening (PPD) | Two-step screening:
    Two separate PPD skin tests given and read at least one week apart
    OR
    Two PPD skin tests given within the past twelve months
    OR
    Quantiferon or T-Spot (IGRA testing) given within the past twelve months.
    One annual PPD screening thereafter
    Students with a history of a positive TB skin test must have documentation of a negative chest x-ray completed in the U.S. and documentation of any treatment received.
    AND
    A symptom checklist must be completed annually.
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Immunization Requirements

REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS (Program-specific requirements may vary)

  • Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) | Two doses of MMR vaccine given after the 1st birthday and at least one month apart are required of all students born after 1957.
    OR
    Positive blood tests showing immunity for measles, mumps and rubella.
  • Hepatitis B | A two or three dose series depending on vaccine. (Two doses of heplisav-B at least four weeks apart or a three dose series of engerix-B, recombivax B or twinrix at 0, 1  and 6 months old.)
    AND
    A positive blood test showing immunity for Hepatitis B (Hepatitis B surface antibody)
  • Tdap | One dose of Tdap given within the last 10 years
  • Chicken Pox/Varicella | Two doses of varicella vaccine
    OR
    A positive blood test showing immunity for varicella
    (Disease history is not accepted.)
  • Annual Influenza | Annual seasonal influenza vaccine (during flu season)
  • Tuberculosis Screening (PPD) | Two-step screening:
    Two separate PPD skin tests given and read at least one week apart
    OR
    Two PPD skin tests given within the past twelve months
    OR
    Quantiferon or T-Spot (IGRA testing) given within the past twelve months.
    One annual PPD screening thereafter
    Students with a history of a positive TB skin test must have documentation of a negative chest x-ray completed in the U.S. and documentation of any treatment received.
    AND
    A symptom checklist must be completed annually.
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RECOMMENDED IMMUNIZATIONS

  • Meningitis | Required for students living in on-campus housing (or a signed declination) 
  • Gardasil (Human Papillomavirus) | Recommended for students.

RECOMMENDED IMMUNIZATIONS

  • Meningitis | Required for students living in on-campus housing (or a signed declination) 
  • Gardasil (Human Papillomavirus) | Recommended for students.

Important Forms

Students must submit completed health forms as soon as possible so required immunizations can be verified. Health forms can be found below.

Students must have all requirements completed for entry into classes/clinicals.

For questions or clarification, please contact Crystal Lush at (402) 354-7211. 

Completed forms must be uploaded into the CastleBranch compliance tracker (myCB).

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be seen without an appointment?

Yes, a limited number of walk-in slots may be available for ill visits.

Please call 402-354-7211 or 402-354-7260 for appointments Monday through Friday.

There is no provider after hours or on weekends. If you can wait until regular office hours to be seen, leave a message at 402-354-7211. You will receive a call back to schedule a visit. 

If you have an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest urgent care center or emergency room for treatment.

What types of services can I receive at the Campus Health Center?

You can expect the same types of services you would get from your primary care provider.  We have a physician assistant on staff that can diagnose and treat acute illnesses, infections and injuries, as well as prescribe medications. Campus Health also provides physicals and pap examinations, office visits, medication monitoring, nebulizer treatments, suture and cerumen removal, STI testing, lab testing and more.  Immunizations, titers, and all requirements for clinical are offered A variety of OTC medications are available for treating common problems, such as headaches, colds and flu, cough, upset stomach or diarrhea.

Is there a charge for services?

Office visits and over-the-counter medications, as well as your annual TB skin test and flu shot, are available at no additional cost to students who pay the Campus Health fee as part of their enrollment. Many in-house diagnostic tests are also included.  

Minimal charges may be assessed for some laboratory tests, required and requested immunizations and any services delivered outside the NMC campus. Charges may be put on your student account or you can pay by cash, check or credit card.

Will NMC file my health insurance claim for me?

All students and employees are welcome to use Campus Health Services, regardless of their insurance plan. The College does not process outside insurance claims for students; however, we will provide the necessary documentation of services for the student to submit to their insurance company.

If your doctor's office doesn't have your records, try your high school and/or previous college.  If the records aren't available, you may need to be re-vaccinated or get a blood test to prove immunity.  All required shots and/or blood tests are available at the Campus Health Center.

Will Campus Health give me a note to excuse me from class?

The Campus Health Center does not issue routine medical excuses. Verification may be provided that a student was seen in the Campus Health Center; however, this is not proof that a student was too ill to participate in classroom activities.

Why would I use these services if I have my own doctor and/or health insurance?

Most insurance plans have a copay of at least $20 per visit. Campus Health doesn't charge for office visits (if you pay the Campus Health fee) - you only pay if you receive specific services, such as vaccinations, lab tests, etc.  If you visit Campus Health more than twice in a semester, your copay savings would be more than the Campus Health fee.

What if I can't find my immunization records?

If your doctor's office doesn't have your records, try your high school and/or previous college.  If the records aren't available, you may need to be re-vaccinated or get a blood test to prove immunity.  All required shots and/or blood tests are available at the Campus Health Center.