Frequently Asked Questions
How much do services cost?
- There is no charge for office visits. Physical exams, tuberculosis skin tests (PPDs) and HIV screens are also free. All laboratory tests, x-ray services, Hepatitis/ MMR titers, immunizations, and procedures are offered at greatly reduced cost. We do not bill any insurance or Medicaid/Medicare for services. We can supply you with a detailed invoice you can submit to your insurance group. Cash or Wolf card payment is due at time of service.
What are some basic lab costs?
- These prices are subject to change but are kept as low as possible for the students.
Where can I find mental health counseling services?
- There are many counselors available in the community. Please see the community resources page for names and addresses. In an emergency, dial 911 or call the mental health crisis line at Cottonwood Behavioral Health Center (283-7511). You may also make an appointment or stop by the SHC to see the nurse practitioner for help finding resources and refilling medication.
What birth control is available?
- We have a wide variety of generic birth control pills, Ortho Evra patch and Plan B emergency contraception available. Costs are kept as low as possible for the students. We also offer Depo Provera injection, and free condoms. An annual exam is required to receive any form of contraception at the SHC. While new pap guidelines do not require a yearly pap, an annual exam is still required to maintain your prescriptions. If your annual exam is due, you may schedule one at the SHC or at one of the several area clinics and have the results faxed to us. If you have had a annual exam within the past year, we can help you fill out an authorization so your provider can fax the results to us.
Can I get emergency contraception at the SHC?
- Yes, we have Plan B available. This must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Unprotected sex includes if a condom breaks or slips off.
What lab work can be done at the SHC during my visit?
- We offer pregnancy testing, urinalysis, rapid Strep and Influenza on-site. The results are available in 5-10 minutes. In addition to on site lab work, we also contract with the State of Alaska laboratory and Quest laboratory services.
How long does it take to get my lab results?
- Basic labs such as CBC or cholesterol screening are available within a few days. Any lab work sent to the State of Alaska, i.e. HIV, Hepatitis and MMR screening or titers, take 3-4 weeks before we receive the results.
What other kinds of tests can I have done at the SHC?
- You can get any type of testing that could be done by another provider in the Kenai Peninsula area. We order x-rays, CT scans, MRI'S, mammograms, ultrasounds, and EKG's. Referrals are made to the medical community such as physical therapy, medical specialties for further evaluation.
Can I get a routine physical at the SHC?
- We offer routine physicals at no cost to the student. Examples of routine physicals: sports, work, student teaching, paramedic, nursing and radiology program. There are charges for any lab work done with a physical exam, such as a PAP test, CBC or urinalysis.
How do I get my medical records from the SHC?
- Anyone can request their medical records from the SHC after signing a consent for release of information. It is our policy to destroy medical records after seven years. Please allow 24 hours to prepare for pick up. If needed, you may complete the records release form and submit as noted on the instruction page, before your scheduled appointment. Call 262-0347 for questions.
Who's on your staff?
- The Student Health Clinic is staffed by an Advanced Nurse Practitioner specializing in family and urgent health care and also includes student employees who serve as front desk assistants. "An Advanced Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse authorized to practice in the State, who, because of specialized education and experience, is certified to perform acts of medical diagnosis and the prescription of medical, therapeutic or corrective measures under regulations adopted by the Board of Nursing." (AS08.68.410(1)). Advanced Nurse Practitioners are committed to caring for the whole person and to educate and empower clients to make informed health care choices."