Information for parents
As a parent of a college student you play a key role in your student’s health and wellness. Even though your child may be miles away from home, you will still be a primary source of health information for them. We hope the following information will assist you in helping your student make a healthy transition to college life.
1. Immunizations, health history and physical examinations
- Make sure your student has updated immunizations and that they are documented on an official immunization form or a copy of your childhood record.
- Health Form must be completed and returned to Student Health Services. The form is available online at the SHS website.
- While a routine physical exam is not required by the University, many parents choose to have this done before their student leaves for college. Athletics and health science colleges have their own requirements for physical exams and/or health statements.
- Give your student a list of his/her current medications and allergies.
- If your student is under age 18, North Carolina law requires we have your consent to provide medical care and treatment for most conditions. Please complete the Health Form and Sign along with your student.
2. Health insurance
- All incoming students at the University are required to have health insurance.
- Provide your student with 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. The school does not have a pharmacy on campus, however there are three local pharmacies within a mile of the campus. Old Main Pharmacy (walking distance), Walgreen Pharmacy, Walmart Pharmacy and Healthkeeperz Pharmacy.
3. Decision-making skills
- Spend time talking with your son or daughter about decisions he or she is likely to be faced with at college such as alcohol and other drug use, managing time, getting adequate sleep, stress, nutrition, fitness, sexual behavior, and financial responsibility.
- Let them know what your expectations are and that you will be available to listen.
- As your student's health care provider, we are legally required to protect the privacy of their health information. If your student is 18 years of age or older, we cannot provide you with any of their health information, including billing information, unless they sign a Consent to Release Information form.
4. Suggestions for a basic first aid kit to send with student
- Supplies such as Band-Aids; thermometer; ace bandage for strains or sprains; sunscreen; cotton swabs, etc.
- Medications for pain and/or fever relief like acetaminophen or ibuprofen; antibacterial hand sanitizers; antibiotic cream or ointment like Bacitracin; hydrogen peroxide; anti-diarrheal e.g., Imodium; antihistamine for itching or allergies like Benadryl; etc.
5. Care for ongoing conditions
- Have a plan in place on how your child will manage any chronic conditions he/she may have.
We are here to help your student succeed by providing quality healthcare, education and health promotion.