What Health Services Provides:

  • Assessment and evaluation of minor illness and injury
  • Diagnosis of medical conditions
  • Diagnostic tests (i.e. strep screen, mono test, urinalysis, pregnancy, blood sugar)
  • Treatment of illness
  • Prescriptions for medications, when appropriate
  • Allergy Shots (when provided the medication and instructions from allergist)
  • Tuberculosis Screening
  • Referrals for counseling
  • Referral for mental health conditions: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Eating Disorders
  • Loan of crutches
  • Physical Exams for uninsured students
  • Health Promotion Screenings-blood pressure screens and weight checks
  • Free reference materials on a variety of health topics
  • Kohawk Wellness Program/Coe Fitness Organization/Fitness Programs
  • Medical referrals as necessary

Who May Use Health Services:
Health Services is available to all students (including part-time, commuter, and non-traditional students) who are currently registered at Coe College.

How to Use Health Services:
Health Services is located in the lower level of Charlie's (The P.U.B.). Appointments are required for students by calling 319-399-8617.

Office hours are: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-Noon and 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. with students being seen from 9:00 a.m.-Noon and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. by appointment only.

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 Affairs 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 Affairs 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.

Allergy Shots:
Allergy shots can be administered by the Nurse Practitioner at no charge to students. The student must provide the medication and instructions from their health care provider.

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.

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

Eating Disorders:
Eating Disorders are sometimes experienced by college students. It is recommended that students that have concerns regarding an Eating Disorder call Health Services (319-399-8617) to schedule a confidential consultation. Referrals for specialized Eating Disorder treatment are available.

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.

"The mission of the Coe College Student Health Services is to promote wellness and health. The purpose of the Student Health Services clinic is to educate students about their physical, emotional and spiritual self and promote healthy lifestyles with knowledge. With empowering students with knowledge and information, prevention of illness is targeted. In the event of illness, Student Health Services enables the student to become informed consumers of their healthcare toreceive optimal care. Coe's Health Service mission falls under the auspices of the mission developed by the Division of Student Affairs."

REQUIRED Immunizations are:

  1. Two doses of Measles (Rubeola), Mumps and Rubella, or two MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccines after 15 months of age (shot series are usually at 15 months and 5 years of age).
  2. Dates of Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus (DPT) series and a Tetanus booster if 10 years have elapsed since the last Tetanus immunization.
  3. Dates of Polio series.
  4. Proof of chicken pox disease or date of the Varicella vaccination.

RECOMMENDED Immunizations are:

  1. The Hepatitis B series is highly recommended for all students. It is required for Nursing and Athletic Training majors.
  2. Meningitis vaccine is highly recommended. The state of Iowa requires that incoming students who will be residing in a campus residence hall receive information regarding the risks associated with Meningococcal disease. The student who resides in campus housing must affirm whether he/she has received the vaccine against Meningococcal disease and must provide the date of the vaccination, if any. A waiver must be signed if the student elects not to receive the Meningitis vaccination.