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The Mary E. Rich Student Health Services is located on the first floor of the Trojan Center. General Medical Services are provided for currently enrolled students living on or off campus. Student Health Services is staffed by a Nurse Practitioner daily. No permission is necessary to visit the Health Services, however the clinic hours are 8 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1 -4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments are recommended. 

University students are assessed by a health professional and evaluated and treated by a Nurse Practitioner. The University Physician is available anytime for consultation, and appointments can be arranged with the University Physician through Student Health Services.

The Student Health Services also provides immunizations such as MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, TB skin tests, Tetanus, and Influenza vaccinations.

Student Health Services operates on a fee-for-service basis with charges based on the "usual and customary charges" approved by the insurance industry. A current student ID card must be presented at each visit to Health Services. Any charges will be filed on the student's insurance, or placed on the student account in the Business Office.

Students are strongly urged to have appropriate health insurance coverage. However, no student will be turned away or denied treatment due to lack of insurance. 

Students are expected to schedule visits to the Student Health Services during a vacancy in their class schedule unless they are too ill to attend class. Excuses from class are an academic policy, not a medical policy. Records are confidential, and no information concerning the student's diagnosis is released to anyone without a signed medical release by the student.

The Student Medical History Record Form

Health Center Personnel

Dr. DiChiara

Dr. DiChiara is a 1985 graduate of University of South Alabama Medical School. He specializes in Internal Medicine in his private practice. Dr. DiChiara has served the student Health Services as University Physician Consultant since 1990.

Dana Lewis, CMA

Dana Lewis is a Certified Medical Assistant. From 1992-2010, she was a Medical Transcriptionist. She has served as Coordinator of Student Health Services since March 2016. Dana has been a CMA for nine years.

Jacque Chirico, MSN CRNP

Jacque Chirico is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner.  She received her BSN from Auburn University in 1990 and worked as an Emergency Department Nurse Manager at Regional Medical Center for 8 of her 15 years with them.  She then went back to school in 2002 at and received her MSN and NP certification in 2005.  She went to work at Pike Internal Medicine and worked with Dr. Peter M. Dichiara for 13 years.  Jacque has been with as the Nurse Practitioner for the Student Health Center since January of 2018 where she continues her collaboration with Dr. Dichiara.

Dr. DiChiara, Dana Lewis, and Jacque Chirico at  Student Health Services

Medical History and Immunizations

Students attending an on-campus course(s) with the campus (T01 location) of University must complete the Student Medical History Record and present verification of required immunization dates before registering for classes. Two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine are required for students born after December 31, 1956. Also, a tuberculin skin test (PPD) is required within the last 12 months. Students with a positive skin test reading must have a chest X-ray. Positive chest X-rays are referred to the University Physicians.

Suppose a student cannot provide the required medical documentation at registration. In that case, Student Health Services may issue a temporary medical clearance that enables a student to register for classes with the understanding that they must provide the required medical records within two weeks following registration. Students who do not provide missing documentation will have a restriction placed on their account and will be unable to register for future terms with the campus until the required information is provided to Student Health Services. The MMR and PPD vaccination can be administered at Student Health Services at the student's expense.

International students applying to and seeking a student VISA, regardless of home location, will be required to complete the Student Medical History Record as above with verification of two doses of MMR vaccine and, in addition, submit evidence that active tuberculosis is not present. A negative (less than 10 mm) PPD, QuantiFERON Gold Lab, or a negative chest X-ray within one year of application will constitute acceptable evidence. All students (domestic and international) with positive results will be referred to Regional Medical Center for a chest X-ray at the student's expense. 

 

The Student Medical History Record Form
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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use the Health Center?
All currently enrolled students are eligible for health services. The services are not extended to spouses, children, or other family members.
Where is the Health Center located?
Student Health Services is located on the 1st floor of the Trojan Center.
What services are offered?
Any student desiring student health services should report to the Health Center and sign in. Students are encouraged to call ahead and make an appointment. University students are assessed by a health professional and evaluated and treated by a Nurse Practitioner. All services are confidential. No information can be released to anyone without the student’s written consent.
How is the student charged?
Office visit charges are based on the evaluations and management of the patient. Lab services and medicine costs are kept as minimal as possible. Student Health Services operates on a fee-for-service basis with charges based on the "usual and customary charges" approved by the insurance industry. A current student ID card must be presented at each visit. Any charges will be filed on the student's insurance,  or charged to the student’s account in the business office.
What about insurance?

The Health Center accepts most insurance and will file with the insurance company as a courtesy to the student. The Student Health Center does not file with Medicare or Medicaid and certain International Insurance Companies.

If you do not have insurance coverage or have insurance coverage that the Student Health Center does not accept, then charges will be placed on your student account. Once charges are posted on the student's account, the student must make arrangements with the Business Office to clear charges.

All charges are based on the evaluation and management of the patient and are kept as minimal as possible.

All students are urged to maintain adequate health insurance coverage.

What if a student needs help after hours or in an emergency?
Regional Medical Center offers emergency services locally. Their phone number is 670-5000. For non-emergency services after hours or on weekends, Pri-Med type facilities are located in Montgomery or Dothan. The student is responsible for any incurred charges.
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Important Numbers

Clinic: (334) 670-3452

Fax: (334) 670-3853

Email: hcenter@troy.edu

University Police: (334) 670-3215

Care Ambulance: (334) 566-6604 or 9-911 (on-campus emergency)

Regional Medical Center: (334) 670-5000

Clinic Information

 

Immunizations

The Student Health Services also provides immunizations such as MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, TB skin tests, Tetanus, and Influenza vaccinations

 

Medical clearance for registration

All students are required to complete a medical history form and include verified immunization dates before registering for any classes. All medical records are confidential and may only be released by written request of the student.

 

Health Exams

The Health center offers physical exams required by many departments, such as ROTC, Nursing, Athletics, Internships, and Study Abroad.

 

Health Education

Health education is offered at each visit on an individual basis. The health center has brochures and pamphlets available in a wide variety of topics pertinent to college life.

 

Laboratory Services

The Health Center offers some in-house tests including strep throat tests, pregnancy tests, flu tests, and urinalyses. The Health Center contracts other tests out to Regional Medical Center, and results are received within one to four days. A student’s personal physician may also order tests through the health center if needed. A prescription with complete orders and appropriate diagnoses is required.

 

Referral Services

The Health Center provides referral information to any local agencies, for dental and eye care or for specialty care. Many special needs may be referred to Montgomery or Dothan. Mental health counseling is also available through the SAVE Project.

The staff does NOT provide class excuses; however, if a student has visited the student health center, they are given a documentation slip that can be taken to their teacher. It is the teacher’s final decision whether or not to excuse the student. Students are expected to arrange clinical visits between classes rather than during their class schedule. Excuses from class are an academic, not a medical policy.

Student athletes may elect to receive services from the Student Health Services or from Athletic Training located on the second floor of the Stadium Tower. Arrangements may be made through the athlete’s personal trainer or by calling 670-3720.

Regional Medical Center offers 24 hour emergency services. The number is 670-5000. SARHA (Southeast Alabama Rural Health Associates) on Elba Highway offers urgent care with extended evening and weekend hours. The number is 566-8822.

Currently enrolled students are eligible for services from the Student Health Center.

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