Frequently Asked Questions

 
Yes. We have a Physician and 3 Nurse Practioners that can see you for minor illnesses.
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Yes. The Health center does not bill insurance for any office visit. You must however, be a currently enrolled student to get care at the health center.
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No.  All office visits are free of charge for students.  We charge a small fee for pregnancy tests, condoms (12 for $2), lab charges, prescription medications and some immunizations.  Contact the office about specific charges.
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You may qualify for free birth control through the Family PACT clinic at the health center. This program also offers free laboratory tests and antibiotics. Stop by Valencia Student Center Room 122 to see if you might qualify. We also have applications for Medi-Cal, Healthy Family and optional group student insurance plans and can help you decide if you are eligible to apply.
 
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Come in and get a pregnancy test to know for sure. There is a $6 charge, or it is free for Family PACT enrollees. If your test is positive we can give you referrals to outside sources for care. If the test is negative, we have valuable information about family planning and birth control options.
 
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If you are at least 18 years old, you can get the emergency contraceptive pill at any participating pharmacy without a prescription. There is a $50-$60 charge for this service at the pharmacy.  In California, any health care provider can prescribe this medication for you as long as you are 12 or older. The “morning after pill” will not work if you are already pregnant, and is best taken within 3 days after unprotected intercourse. If you are a currently enrolled student and need emergency contraceptive therapy (ECT), we can call in a prescription to the pharmacy of your choice if you call to request this. We would like to see you here at the health center to discuss more effective regular birth control and to answer any questions you have. If you are eligible for Family PACT health insurance, you can get ECT with your Family PACT card at no cost to you.  If you are out of state, call the nationwide toll free number 1-888-NOT2LATE for assistance finding a local ECT provider.
 
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No. The "morning after" pill is designed to prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation like oral contraceptive pills do, or by changing the lining of the uterus so a fertilized egg cannot attach. It does not terminate a pregnancy. 
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Unfortunately no. The Student Health & Wellness Center is not an infirmary equipped with a place for students to just rest. We are here to give short-term care to sick students.
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Yes. The Student Health & Wellness Center has licensed clinical psychologists on staff for individual, couples or group mental health counseling. The focus is short-term counseling with referrals to community agencies if long-term treatment is needed. These sessions are scheduled by appointment and are FREE! Each student is allowed 6 visits per semester.
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Definitely!  A self-care center at our front desk gives you access to many free over-the-counter supplies and medications at the Student Health & Wellness Center.
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We offer low or no cost screening for HIV and other STD's at the health center. Depending on the test, results are available in 2 to 7 days after the test. We have free urine testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea, free health education and free medication for people who test positive and their partners. You might be eligible for other free tests and treatment through our Family PACT clinic- stop by the office at Student Center-122 (Valencia) to find out if you qualify. We will help you to apply for Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, or Family PACT at the health center.
 
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For currently enrolled students we can dispense some antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, acne medications, oral contraceptives, allergy medications, and anti-depressants. We give prescriptions for other medications to fill at pharmacies off campus if we do not have the medication.Our focus is short-term acute care. We do not prescribe or keep controlled drugs (narcotics, ADD medication, etc.) at the health center.
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Currently enrolled students can schedule an appointment with our Registered Dietitian by calling 661-362-3259. You can also access informationonline.  We sponsor a peer nutrition educator group (SNAC) and our nutritionist teaches a 2 unit CSU-transferable class HLHSCI 149 – Nutrition for Fitness and Balanced Living each semester.
The Student Health and Wellness Center also sponsors the Body-Mind-Wellness (BMW) Challenge each spring, to encourage students to help promote health and wellness on campus and in the community. Look for a flyer or check our website for more information.
 
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We are a federal vaccines for Children (VFC) provider, and offer the following vaccines free to currently enrolled students 18 years old and younger: Gardasil HPV vaccine, Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) and Tetanus-diptheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine. Enrolled students 19 years and older can get MMR, Tdap, vaccines at a reduced cost, please call 661-362-3259 for more info. We charge $5 for TB skin tests. Hepatitis A and B, meningitis, and typhoid vaccines are offered at reduced cost – call 661-362-3259 to ask about specific vaccinations.
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We have a smoking cessation counselor, can offer medications to ease cravings and periodically offer tobacco cessation groups. For online assistance check this website: www.californiasmokershelpline.org.