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The University has a partnership with Canton-Potsdam Hospital (CPH) in which CPH provides professional staffing and services at the University’s Student Health & Counseling Center. Through this partnership, students enjoy a comprehensive health care program and the broad professional capacities provided by the hospital and its highly trained staff. At the Student Health Center, located on the first floor of the ERC building next to the Student Success Center, CPH provides clinical services including basic medical care, preventative care, general physicals for student related activities and limited urgent care. Students also have access to CPH’s state of the art lab services.

Most routine visits to the Health Center are free of charge, with the exception of physicals, GYN visits, STD testing, Immunizations, and Flu vaccines. Lab work orders, x-ray orders, and prescription medication scripts can be written at the health center. Lab work and x-rays are done at Canton Potsdam Hospital, and prescription can be filled at the local pharmacy the closest being Kinney drugs which is within walking distance of the campus. All students are required to have health insurance.

The Health Center is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. when classes are in session. After hours and weekend emergencies are handled at CPH Afterhours clinic located in Canton, NY approximately 11 miles from campus or at CPH hospital Emergency room which is located approximately one mile from campus.

CPH provides comprehensive acute medical-surgical care and emergency care, and has widely recognized programs in chemical dependency treatment, cardiac care, obstetrics, and physical rehabilitation services. The Hospital operates the Center for Cancer Treatment. In addition, CPH is an affiliate of renowned Fletcher Allen Health Care, headquartered in Burlington, VT.

FAQ’s

Is a physical required before attending Clarkson?

What other forms are required?

Can students be seen at the health center on a "walk-in" basis?

What if a student needs medical attention after hours or on a weekend?

Where is the health center located?

If I have prescription; can I get it filled at the health center?

Will my parents be notified if I have been to the health center or if I am sick?

I am a returning student. Do I need to submit another completed health form?

Are there any recommended items I should bring with me to Clarkson University? 



Is a physical required before attending Clarkson?

A physical is not required however students must complete the Health History Questionnaire.  All required health forms are available on-line @ www.clarkson.edu/healthcenter/forms.html

What other forms are required?


Clarkson University health information packet checklist: affirming all the information recorded in the preadmission packet is true and accurate, must be signed by student over 18, or parent/legal guardian.  

Immunization form: This form documents the student’s immunization history, must be in English and signed by the student’s health care provider to verify its accuracy. New Your State requires students born on or after January 1, 1957 to submit proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. Those born prior to January 1, 1957 must have one does of MMR or serology proof of immunity. 

Tuberculosis (TB) screening form: must be completed and signed by student over 18, or parent/legal guardian. If “yes” is answered to any questions in STEP 1 you are required to have a PPD (tuberculosis test) before you arrive on campus. If the PPD (tuberculosis test) interpretation is positive or indeterminate you must have a chest x-ray before you arrive on campus.  

Meningococcal Meningitis Response Form: Students 18 or older may sign the form. If the student is under 18, it must be signed by a parent/guardian. The Meningitis Response Form is a New York State Public Health Law.

Telephone Consent must be completed authorizing Clarkson University Student Health Center to discuss/release health information to designated individuals (i.e. parents, legal guardians, spouse/partner ,or no one)   

(All forms are available on-line @ www.clarkson.edu/healthcenter/forms.html )

Can students be seen at the health center on a "walk-in" basis?

The Health Center has various “walk-in” hours Monday through Friday, during the regular school calendar, please call 315-268-6633 to inquire.  Student may also schedule an appointment to minimize wait time. 


What if a student needs medical attention after hours or on a weekend?

For non-emergency medical attention students are directed to CPH Afterhours Clinic located in Canton, NY (approximately 11 miles from campus) hours of operation are Monday-Friday 4pm to 9 pm, Saturday 9am to 9pm, and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

For emergency medical attention students are referred to Canton-Potsdam Hospital Emergency Room (50 Leroy Street) which is located in the Village of Potsdam approximately one mile from the Clarkson campus. 

Please note CPH afterhours clinic and Canton Potsdam Hospital’s billing is not associated with Clarkson University and you may encounter a charge if you do not have accepted medical insurance coverage. 

Campus Safety and Security is available to provide rides to students and the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad is available to transport emergency cases. 

Where is the health center located?

The Student Health & Counseling Center is located in the ERC building on the first floor next to the Student Success Center.

If I have a prescription; can I get it filled at the health center?

No, we do not fill prescriptions at the Health center. If you have a prescription to be filled the local pharmacies are Kinney Drugs, Walgreens, or Wal-Mart (all within 5 miles of campus)

If you are currently taking a medication and need a prescription refilled one can be written at the Health Center, with prior documentation supporting the diagnosis. Please note we do not refill prescriptions for ADD or ADHD, you will need to make arrangements with your primary care physician. Prescriptions for depression or anxiety disorders will be evaluated on a case by case base in conjunction with the Counseling Center.

Will my parents be notified if I have been to the health center or if I am sick?

The health center staff will only discuss your visit with individual(s) listed on your signed telephone consent.

I am a returning student. Do I need to submit another completed health form?

If you have attended Clarkson University within the last 3 years we only require an updated medical history and TB screen questionnaire.

Are there any recommended items I should bring with me to Clarkson University?

Yes, you will need to bring any ongoing prescription medications.

We also recommend the following items:

Health Insurance Card/or copy
Thermometer
Band Aids
Tweezers
Fever reducer/pain reliever medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen
Cough and cold medication
Reusable cold packs
Ace bandage