Parent and Family Handbook

Medical Services

Medical services is staffed by a doctor, a registered nurse, and two nurse practitioners during regular office hours throughout the academic year. They provide general outpatient care for students. A physician is on campus during designated hours. Services include consultation and treatment, laboratory work, and limited medications. For care beyond regular outpatient service, students will be referred to an off-campus facility. There are no fees for visits to the Health Services; there are fees for lab tests, medications, immunizations and allergy injections or visits to off-campus facilities. Macalester does not provide an infirmary.

All students must provide the Health Services with a complete medical history and physical prior to enrollment. Macalester College and the State of Minnesota require proof that you have had the following immunizations in order to be enrolled for the 2012-2013 academic year:

  1. Completion of primary Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis series, and Tdap Booster within the last 10 years.
  2. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella). Dose 1 given at 12 months of age or later and dose 2 given 28 days after the first dose.
  3. Following immunizations are recommended, but not required: Varicella, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Meningococcal Vaccine, HPV vaccine, polio.
  4. TB screening questionnaire to be completed by student. For US-born students, the results of screening questionnaire will determine whether further TB testing is required. For international students, TB screening and testing will be completed upon arrival to campus.

    The following vaccines are not required but strongly recommended: Hepatitis B, chicken pox (varicella), meningitis.

    All Macalester students are required to have health insurance. They may elect to use their existing plan (usually family’s) AND/OR purchase health insurance made available through Macalester. Accident insurance is also available through Macalester. Students must waive out of coverage before the deadline or they will be automatically enrolled and charged for the health insurance. New students generally receive information on the insurance program in June.

    If your student has existing medical or mental health concerns, please plan to identify providers in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area that can provide continuity of care before coming to Macalester. Check with your health insurance provider regarding coverage. For more information contact the Health and Wellness Center website