The Health Center, located on the first floor of the Tine Davis Gym on the Montgomery campus, provides a Registered Nurse (RN) to assist students with basic health care needs. These services are free to all students.
The RN provides the following services (pursuant to the Alabama Board of Nursing: Nursing Practice Act 610-X-6-.03):
- Nursing care and patient counseling.
- Health promotion and well-being services such as blood pressure checks and temperature checks.
- Basic treatment of minor cuts, minor sprains, flu, cold, and other minor illnesses.
- Referrals and assistance in making appointments with a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or other healthcare provider for other treatments and care. Note: All fees associated with these providers or services are the sole responsibility of the student.
The University Health Center's operating hours are 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday during fall and spring semesters. Students are seen on a first-come basis unless more immediate care is needed. On the Montgomery campus, the nurse will make on-campus housing visits when necessary, but students should make an effort to go to the Health Center.
Faulkner recommends all students identify, contact, and secure a local healthcare provider covered by the student's insurance prior to registration. For the Montgomery campus, several area healthcare providers have agreed to accept Faulkner students as patients if needed. For all campuses referrals to area emergency rooms will be made if the need arises.
Students with Health Conditions
All students who have health conditions such as allergies, diabetes, high blood pressure, other chronic health conditions or take prescribed medication for chronic health conditions are strongly urged to obtain and wear a medical identification warning bracelet.
Health Records Confidentiality and HIPAA
The Faulkner University Health Center (referred to in this paragraph as - Facility,(we or us) is required under the federal health care privacy rules (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, HIPAA, the "Privacy Rules") to protect the privacy of patient health information, which includes information about patient health history, symptoms, test results, diagnoses, treatment, and claims and payment history (collectively known as Protected Health Information, - PHI). We are also required to provide patients with this Privacy Notice regarding our legal duties, policies and procedures to protect and maintain the privacy of patient PHI. We are required to follow the terms of this Privacy Notice unless (and until) it is revised. We reserve the right to change the terms of this Privacy Notice and to make the new notice provisions effective for the Health Information we maintain and use, as well as for any Health Information we may receive in the future. Should the terms of this Privacy Notice change, we will make a revised copy of the notice available to patients. Revised Privacy Notices will be available at our Facility for individuals to take with them, and we will post a copy of revised Privacy Notices in a prominent location in our Facility. This Privacy Notice will also be posted and made available electronically on our website. Students may contact the University Health Center for more information about Privacy Rules. Appendix K and L contains the current Privacy Notice.
Medical/Health Insurance Coverage
Faulkner University cannot be responsible for students' health-related charges. Students are strongly urged to have medical, accident, hospitalization and health insurance from a reputable provider. Student athletes are required to obtain health insurance prior to participation in any sport-related activity and must sign an indemnity waiver releasing Faulkner University from the incursion of penalties or liabilities. International students or students from outside the United States are fully responsible for obtaining health insurance prior to beginning coursework at Faulkner. Information regarding student insurance is available in the Dean of Students office.
Absences Due to Illness or Injury
(See Class Attendance Polices in the Academic Section of the Handbook)
All illnesses or injuries that prevent class attendance must be documented by the Student Health Center by one of the following:
1. Visit to the Health Center.
2. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Doctor's medical note.
** THE HEALTH CENTER DOES NOT EXCUSE ABSENCES, BUT ONLY DOCUMENTS THE ILLNESS AND/OR INJURY.
Reporting Injuries on Campus
Any injury occurring while on campus should be reported on the same day of occurrence. Reports of an incident may be given to the Student Health Center, Security, and/or the Center Director (for the satellite campuses).
1. Call 911 for life- threatening issues.
2. Go to local hospital Emergency Room for non life-threatening issues.
3. Notify the Health Center and Security.
Mandatory Medical Withdrawal of Students
Faulkner University reserves the right to require a student withdraw for medical reasons when his/her physical, emotional, mental or behavioral state is jeopardized by the student's continued enrollment, poses a risk to others or impedes the normal programs or activities of the University.
The appropriate University administrator may implement the immediate temporary withdrawal of a student for medical reasons. The University administration will conduct a review of the temporary withdrawal, the circumstances of the withdrawal and the student's physical, emotional, mental and/or behavioral health to determine further University actions or conditions for reinstatement of the student.