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 Insurance
Complete Mandatory Medical Information
Student Health Services Requires 3 Steps for compliance with part of your University Requirements.
Step 1: Health Form
Step 2: Immunizations
Step 3: Insurance Waiver or Enrollment
Step 1 and Step 2:
Please Submit online your immunizations and health form prior to Orientation. All these documents must be completed online at our Student Health Patient Portal.
North Carolina Law requires all students enrolling in five or more semester hours to submit a copy of their immunization records to their respective institutions.
Be Advised: Registered students taking six (6) or more credit hours are required to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan. Waiver deadlines vary each semester. If you do not complete the waiver procedure, you will be automatically enrolled in the student insurance and be required to pay the premium associated with the insurance policy.
- Distance education students (students taking off-campus and Internet-only courses)
- Students who submit evidence of equivalent coverage satisfactory to the policyholder
Visit Student Blue NC to waive out of the University Sponsored Plan.
2. Insurance Card and Pharmacy
- 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 local pharmacies within a mile of the campus. Old Main Pharmacy (walking distance), Pembroke Drug, 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.