Services We Provide

The following list provides examples. Services are not limited to those mentioned. Most services are free, typical exceptions are noted below.

General Medical Service

  • physical exams (including physicals for sports, travel, or work) - there is a charge for these visits.
  • prescription refills
  • mental health
  • wellness & prevention
  • chronic illness management (asthma, diabetes, allergies)

Acute Illnesses

  • eye, ear, nose, throat infections
  • respiratory infections
  • skin infections
  • bladder infections
  • abdominal problems
  • headaches

Injuries

  • exercise, dance, or sports injuries
  • abrasions
  • burns

Sexual Health - for all genders

  • sexually transmitted infections (including screening, testing and treatment) - there is a charge for lab tests
  • Penile and vaginal concerns
  • pap smears (indicated only for females over age 21 or with previous abnormal pap) - there is a charge for lab tests
  • birth control: counseling, management, and prescriptions
  • pregnancy testing & comprehensive counseling of all options
  • Plan B (emergency contraception- $15 per dose at the HWC)
    After Hours Emergency Contraception
  • Free condoms, dental dams, and other sexual health supplies available,
    Request a safer sex kit

LGBTQ health care

For the most part, LGBTQ students need the same medical services as all Macalester students, but for the few unique health care needs of LGBTQ students, the HWC staff is available for help.  A few examples:

  • Continuation of already established hormonal management for male to female or female to male transitioning students (with Dr. Walters)
  • For those LGBTQ students who are sexually active, sexual and reproductive health care relevant to them.   

Procedures

Please note there are charges associated with most procedures.

  • abscess incision and drainage
  • ear irrigation and wax removal
  • wart treatment
  • suture removal

Immunizations - please note there are charges associated with most immunizations.

Laboratory - please note there are charges associated with labs ordered

Blood tests ordered by an outside provider can be performed, or if HWC provider orders a test, specimens (blood, urine, vaginal, skin, etc) can be collected in the HWC.  

If you have questions regarding services available or payment questions please contact a member of the HWC staff.

Mental Health

Diagnosis and care of depression, anxiety, and other psychological concerns. We collaborate with the counseling staff in areas such as stress management, depression, anxiety, eating problems, and substance abuse.

Pharmacy

Our providers can initiate and refill prescription medication.  A limited variety of commonly prescribed medications and over-the-counter medications are available at the Health and Wellness Center.  There is a pharmacy located across the street from campus as well as multiple national drugstore chains in the area. For student convenience, there is a vending machine in the Leonard Center that offers common self-care and OTC products.

If you are looking for a prescription refill, please first call your pharmacy to see if one is already available. If not, the pharmacy will send us a refill authorization request.  After reviewing your chart and noting the last time you were seen, the health care provider will notify you or the pharmacy whether a refill is appropriate or if you need to return to the HWC for follow up care.

Services not provided:

  • medical imaging (X-Ray, CT, MRI). If a provider orders imaging, you will be referred off-campus.
  • allergy testing
  • certain immunizations for study abroad—please consult cdc.gov and then Health Services to learn what is recommended for your destination and what is available on-campus