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Assessment and Treatment of Injuries and Illness

The Health Services Coordinator uses standardized procedures and orders developed in conjunction with the consulting physician to treat selected acute illnesses, minor injuries and medical problems. Severe illnesses and injuries are beyond the scope of Health Center Referrals are made to community resources or physicians for areas beyond the Health Services Coordinators scope of practice or the clinic capabilities. Physician appointments or referral to area specialists are made based on the nature of the illness or injury.


In the event of a life threatening emergency, please call 911. Following a call to 911, please contact Security and inform them of the situation and location.

The Deans, Resident Life Coordinator (RLC), or Resident Assistants (RA) will contact the Health Services Coordinator for student health needs as appropriate. The RLC and RAs are CPR certified.

Referral to Community Physician

There is no physician on campus; however, students in need of seeing a physician will be referred to a local physician who is available to care for the student. Before receiving medical services from the physician, students covered by the school health insurance are required to obtain a referral form completed by the Health Services Director. This is true for any medical services received off-campus.

Referral to Community Resources

Off campus referrals are available upon request, however, these services may require fees and may not be applicable to health insurance policies


Currently, immunizations are not offered at the clinic.
Prior to admission to the College, all new students and new international students are required to have:

  • Diphtheria/ Tetanus booster within the last ten years
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination one year after birth and a later booster.

It is strongly recommended, but not required, that all students have the following:    

  • Immunity to Chickenpox ( Varicella )
  • Immunization to Hepatitis B and Hepatitis A
  • Meningococcal Vaccination

Click here for American College Health Association

Influenza Vaccine

Currently Health Services does not administer the influenza vaccine, however, Health Services strongly recommends each student receives the vaccine. Generally starting in October, vaccines are given at local pharmacies for approximately $15. Click here for Centers for Disease Control information on influenza vaccines.

Tuberculosis Testing

All SDCC students are required to have a tuberculin test (Mantoux/PPD) within one year prior to admission to SDCC.  Please consult your primary care physician or the Public Health Department for TB testing.

Health Services Coordinator Consultation

The Health Services Coordinator is available for individual health counseling and education on nutrition weight maintenance, blood pressure monitoring, simple employment physicals and referrals for health related issues.

Student Insurance Assistance

Health Services will assist with insurance policy questions, physician referrals, and claim form completion. In addition, a more complete review of the insurance policy is located at website for Mid-West Insurance Company of Tennessee.

Travel Medications

The Health Services Coordinator  will assist students in investigating needed vaccinations or health concerns prior to travel for mission-related, educational or personal reasons. The student should access the Center for Disease Control Web site click here for information regarding needed medications, immunizations or educational material for particular countries.

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