The Catholic University of America

Frequently Asked Questions about Student Health Services

Where is Student Health Services located?

We are located behind Centennial Village in the Eugene I. Kane Student Health and Fitness Center. Please click here for our contact information.

Who is eligible for services?

All currently registered students (full or part time), are eligible to be seen at Student Health Services. It does not matter what health insurance that you have. There is no office visit charge or copay to be seen.  Emphasis is placed on maintaining and improving health. Medical care provided and advice given is consistent with teachings of the Catholic Church. All care is strictly confidential.

Who provides the health care?

The Student Health Services staff includes two Board Certified physicians, two nurse practitioners, a licensed practical nurse and an office manager.

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner is a nurse who has completed a lengthy period of advanced formal education and clinical training in diagnosing and treating most common illnesses and injuries. Nurse practitioners have prescriptive privileges in the District of Columbia. Nurse practitioners are certified by a national nursing organization in their area of specialty.

What services are available?

Student Health Services provides care for all routine medical illnesses and injuries. In addition, health promotion and education programs are offered to help you maintain and improve your health. Services include evalaution and treatment of common illnesses such as upper respiratory illnesses, orthopedic injuries and symptoms, dermatology or skin diseases, gynecological care, including sexually transmitted disease treatment and counseling; pregnancy testing, allergy injections (administered only when the physician is on the premises), physical examinations; health education, preventive medicine, HIV testing and evaluation and treatment of eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, etc.
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES IS YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR WHILE YOU ARE AWAY FROM HOME. Referrals are made to nearby medical specialists when necessary. Some on-site lab tests may be done for a minimal charge which is billed through Student Accounts. Other lab work is obtained on the premises and sent to a local lab. The lab bills your insurance company for these services.

What about my medication?

Student Health Services has a limited on-site pharmacy. This service is available to students that are seen by a provider at the Student Health Services. If medications are filled at the on-site pharmacy, the charges will be billed to your Student Account. Even if you have a prescription plan with your health insurance, we are unable to use it due to federal privacy laws (HIPPA). If you require a medication that is not available in the on-site pharmacy, a list of local pharmacies will be given to assist you. Many over-the-counter medications and supplies can be found in the Loft and Bookstore. In addition, there are two pharmacies within easy walking distance from CUA: Wellington Pharmacy, located on the ground floor of Providence Hospital on Varnum St.; and CVS on 12th Street in Brookland. A safe alternative, especially for evening hours is Tschiffily at Union Station. There is also a 24 hour CVS near the Dupont Circle metro stop.

What happens if I miss class?

Student Health Services does not issue notes if you miss a class due to illness. If you miss class due to a health problem, we recommend that you notify your professor by e-mail or phone as soon as possible.

Confidentiality of records

All Student Health Services records and visits are absolutely confidential. No medical information will be released to anyone, either verbally or in writing, without your written permission. This restriction on sharing of information applies to parents, faculty and other university staff. If you would like the provider at Student Health Services to discuss an illness or injury with your parents, a written consent form needs to be signed by you to allow that.