Services Provided:

  • Health promotion (weight reduction, nutrition, smoking cessation, fitness, and stress reduction counseling)
  • Assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of minor illness and injury
  • Diagnosis of medical conditions
  • Diagnostic tests (i.e. strep screen, mono test, urinalysis, pregnancy, blood sugar)
  • Sexual health education (contraceptive counseling, pregnancy and STI (sexually transmitted infection testing, and emergency contraception)
  • Women's health issues (Pap smears, breast and pelvic exams)
  • Prescriptions for medications, when appropriate
  • Seasonal influenza vaccinations
  • Travel health counseling and vaccines
  • Referral to allergist as needed for immunotherapy
  • Tuberculosis Screening
  • Initial evaluation and treatment for mental health conditions, with possible referral to psychiatrist and/or therapists
  • Physical Exams for uninsured students
  • Free reference materials on a variety of health topics
  • Kohawk Wellness Program/Fitness Programs
  • Refresh Sleep Program - coming soon (Spring 2015)!
  • Medical referrals as necessary

If Xray or other imaging studies are indicated, students will be referred to either St. Lukes hospital, Mercy hospital, or RCI in Cedar Rapids. You must take your insurance card. These services are not paid for by Coe College.

Medications and health care supplies:
A limited selection of over-the-counter (OTC) medications such as throat lozenges, decongestants, antihistamines, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, nasal sprays, and antacids are available at the Health Center. In addition to ice pack, heating pads, and soaking basins.

Condoms, dental dams, and lubrication are available to all students, free of charge.

Crutches and a wheelchair are available through loan.

If a student should require hospitalization, these costs are not covered by Coe College. Each student is responsible for his/her own expenses. All students must carry some form of medical insurance. To request information regarding independent insurance carriers you can call the Vice President for Student Development Office at 319-399-8843 or the Health Services Office at 319-399-8617.

Parents are notified of the hospitalization of a student by the college if the student is under 18 years of age, is unconscious, or gives his/her consent for such notification. Parents are not notified of a student's hospitalization by the college if the student is over 18 years of age and does not wish for his/her parents to be notified.

Many students are covered by family health insurance as long as they are in school. Students must check to be certain they have insurance coverage and know the procedures for using their insurance. To request information regarding independent insurance carriers you can call the Vice President for Student Development Office at 319-399-8843 or the Health Services Office at 319-399-8617. Coe College does not offer medical health insurance policies.

All health records are maintained strictly confidential and securely filed. Information is released only when a student's permission is given by written consent.

Prescription Medications:
Students should bring an adequate supply of their prescription medication. For controlled substances (ADHD medications, anti-anxiety medications, etc…) it is highly recommended that the student obtain a lock box for storage of these medications.

Prescriptions given to Coe College students at Health Services can be filled at any pharmacy in the area, with the closest located within walking distance at First Avenue Hy-Vee Pharmacy.

Special Health Problems:
Please inform Health Services of any special health condition or needs you may have. It is important that your roommate and/or Resident Assistant be aware of your health problems, e.g., diabetes, seizures, asthma, etc... This ensures proper treatment is given if a medical emergency occurs.

Allergy Immunotherapy
Effective summer 2015:
Coe Health Services will no longer be providing allergy immunotherapy services. This decision was made after careful review of the Journal of Allergy Clinical Immunology update on guidelines for administering immunotherapy in the clinic setting. We will refer immunotherapy services to a specialized allergy clinic. Read more...

Special Diets: 
Provisions can be made through Sodexo Food Service for students who have dietary restrictions. You may also call Sodexo Food Services at 319-399-8648.

Class Excuse Policy
Effective March 1, 2011:
Coe College Health Services, effective March 1, 2011, is changing their class excuse policy and procedures to be comparable and congruent with area Iowa colleges and universities. The policy will now state that Health Services will not provide medical documentation of illnesses/ class excuses. The rationale for this change is explained in the paragraphs below.

Health Services receives many calls a day from students and faculty asking for class excuses or for verification of illness or fevers. Many health services visits are requested by students who have conditions that do not require a health provider’s evaluation (i.e.: simple head colds, headache, vomiting). This causes undue burden on Health Services to provide healthcare to students whom are only requesting an appointment for class excuse purposes.

In addition to the time burden, it is difficult to discern as a practitioner if giving a class excuse is appropriate. For example, some students with simple colds would request a medical excuse while others with similar illnesses appeared to be able to remain in class and perform well. Since Health Services remains an advocate for the student, we are not in a position to judge motives of students in an attempt to determine whether any given request for an excuse is valid.

The mission of Coe College Health Services is provided below. As stated, in the event of illness, it is necessary for the student to become informed consumers of their healthcare and receive optimal care. As a healthcare practitioner, it is necessary to teach appropriate healthcare consumerism. The practice of providing medical class excuse sends a mixed message to the student about appropriate use of health care resources.