Health Services provides care for acute illness, information and education on women’s health issues, and referrals to offsite specialists. Nursing-care hours are scheduled Monday and Wednesday. If a residential student needs medical attention after hours, they are to notify their Residential Coordinator (RC) or contact the Office of Public Safety.

Every traditional-age student is required to have a physical examination prior to enrolling at Salem. Special needs or medical problems should be noted on the health form and brought to the attention of  Health Services. Any student participating in intercollegiate sports is required to obtain clearance from their physician prior to their arrival on campus.

In adherence with North Carolina state law, all students are required to submit, as part of the application process, documentation of having met the immunization requirements applicable to the student’s age and degree program. All traditional-age students must submit a current immunization record. Any Fleer Center or Graduate student who was admitted after September 5, 2007, must submit a current immunization record.

The guidelines for completing the immunization record can be obtained online from Health Services or the Martha H. Fleer Center for Adult Education. The completed record must be received and approved by the Health Services BEFORE the student will be allowed to attend class. 

The Health Services Office is located on the lower level of Clewell Residence Hall (facing Babcock Residence Hall).

ADD/ADHD Medication Policy

As part of our commitment to our Salem Academy and College students, their families, and the Salem community at large, the Student Health and Counseling staff have established a policy regarding ADD/ADHD medication that will be effective August 26, 2013.  The policy states that Salem Academy and College Health and Counseling Services will not provide prescriptions for medication for students with a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD.

Students coming to campus with pre-existing diagnosis of ADD/ADHD will have two options:

  1. Continue to get their medications from their treatment provider at home. Be sure to notify your home physician a month or so in advance to work out the details of medication management and follow-up while at college.
  2. Arrange to see a psychiatrist in the local community for medical management.  A list of referrals is available upon request.

Those students who do not have a previous diagnosis, but who suspect they have ADD/ADHD will need to get tested and treated, if appropriate, by a psychologist or psychiatrist in the community.  A list of referrals is available upon request.

The Counseling Center staff will continue to offer support to our students who are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD by teaching them organizational skills, impulse control strategies, mindfulness and focusing skills, etc.  Students will also be referred to Academic Support as needed.

After Hours Emergencies

Contact your RA or notify Public Safety at 5555.

Missed Class Excuses

The Health Center Staff WILL NOT write excuses for missing class due to illness. The nurse will validate in writing that you were seen in the clinic if your professor requests documentation of the visit.

Pharmacy/Laboratory

Salem College does NOT have a pharmacy or a lab. The Health Center staff can dispense over-the-counter medication to students at no cost. Prescription medications must be obtained at a local pharmacy. Some diagnostic testing is performed on-site and is free of charge (Strep-A, blood glucose, mono, urinalysis and urine pregnancy).

If a student injury or illness requires that they see a Physician/Other provider, typically they are referred to Novant Gateway Family Medicine at 390 Salem Avenue. Gateway’s office is less than 0.5miles from campus and is within walking distance. The phone number for the Gateway Family Medicine office is 336-271-2375.  Other laboratory and diagnostic tests are ordered at the discretion of the provider and the cost of these tests is the responsibility of the student.

Health Insurance

It is strongly recommended for all Salem students to have health insurance that will cover care in Winston Salem. If you are not sure, check with your insurance company.  Salem College does not have a student health insurance product available. If you need to purchase a policy, you may wish to check out the federal insurance exchange (www.healthcare.gov).

All students are REQUIRED to have health insurance. Plan details, cost, enrollment dates and waiver information will be mailed in June of each year.  The waiver needs to be completed each year that you are a Salem student. 

Required Forms for First Year and Transfer Students

All first year and transfer students must submit a completed physical form and provide a record of immunizations that are required by NC State Law to Health Services by August 1st. Forms are available on the Required Student Forms page.