Health Services in Adams Center is staffed by a registered nurse that will assist Austin College students in meeting their health needs. There is no charge for office visits with the nurse and over-the-counter medications are provided when possible. Unless otherwise posted, local physicians conduct medical clinics in Adams Center most days from noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, and 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Please see the Clinic Calendar below. Gynecology and Dermatology clinics are held on Thursdays, and require an appointment. The nurse is available Monday through Friday, 8:45 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Adams Center is closed Saturday and Sunday as well as during holiday and vacation periods (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, summer). There is a modified medical clinic schedule for January Term.
- Clinic Calendar
- Walk-in Clinics
- Dermatology Clinics
- Women’s Health
- Gynecological Clinics
- After Hours Assistance
- Frequently Asked Questions
Clinic schedules will be posted below, in Health Services or you may call 903.813.2247.
- April 2017 Clinic Calendar (pdf)
- March 2017 Clinic Calendar (pdf)
- February 2017 Clinic Calendar (pdf)
- January 2017 Clinic Calendar (pdf)
- December 2016 Clinic Calendar (pdf)
- November 2016 Clinic Calendar (pdf)
- October 2016 Clinic Calendar (pdf)
- September 2016 Clinic Calendar (pdf)
Staffed by MD or Nurse Practitioner, walk-in clinics are for minor illness or injury. Long term care of chronic illness needs to be taken care of with your primary care physician.
Students are charged $22 for each visit to the doctor*. Most prescriptions distributed at the clinic are $8 each. Health Services does not file insurance claims for private insurance but will provide receipts so students can file their own insurance if desired. Health Services will file the claims for students that have insurance through Austin College. Students are responsible for the cost of any laboratory, x-ray, or other outpatient services ordered. Payment for clinic expenses are billed through the Business Office on the student’s account.
*The charges for seeing the gynecologist are as follows:
- Physician Visit $28
- Thin prep PAP smear $32
- Chlamydia/Gonorrhea (optional) $33
If the physician orders a prescription, a starter pack can be given and the remainder of the prescription can be picked up at the front desk later in the day. The charge for most of these prescriptions is $8. If student wishes to use their private insurance for prescriptions, a written prescription can be provided and student can have it filled at his/her own pharmacy. If student has the school’s insurance the charges are covered by the Austin College student health insurance, Academic Health Plan (AHP). Check with the nurse if you have questions about coverage. We do not bill private insurances, but if you want to submit your charges to the insurance company, you can request a receipt from health services.
Methods of payment
- A student account can be billed for the charges.
- Cash or check – pay at the front desk; give them a copy of your bill.
- AHP covers one well woman exam each year. It also covers STD tests.
- AHP does not cover doctor visits for acne.
Austin College does not have an in-house; however, we do have contracted discount rates with CPL Laboratories. You can file on your private insurance, but you will not receive the Austin College discounted rate. The cost billed your insurance will be considerably higher. You need to be sure your insurance will cover the tests before using it. Sometimes it is cheaper to just pay the cash price. Any questions about billing or insurance should be discussed with the nurse prior to leaving the clinic.
By appointment only – 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. See Clinic Calendar for dates.
Dermatology visits for acne, rashes, wart and mole removal are covered under the doctor visit charge. Prescriptions are given to students to have filled at their own expense at the local pharmacy. AHP does not cover visits for acne.
It is important for young women to have the correct information about their bodies and its functions. Austin College believes that a knowledgeable woman can take better care of her body and mind and make better choices about her relationships and sexual activity. These choices will affect the rest of her life. Gynecological exams are important due to diagnostic and preventative benefits for women over 18 and/or who are sexually active.
Gynecological services available in Austin College Health Services in Adams Center:
- Annual GYN exam and pap smear
- Contraception advice
- Prescriptions – birth control, Depo Provera injections, etc.
- Diagnosis and treatment of STD’s
- Diagnosis and treatment of vaginal infections
- Diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections
- Pregnancy tests
- Pregnancy counseling referrals
By appointment only – 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. See Clinic Calendar for dates.
A Sherman gynecologist comes to campus and sees women by appointment during each clinic. For an appointment call x2247. An email alert is sent to students at the beginning of the week of clinic if openings are available. Students must call 903.813.2247 and set up an appointment. If you are unable to keep your appointment, you must call at least 24 hours ahead of scheduled clinic to cancel. If you do not call, your business account will be billed regardless. There are possible exceptions, so if you call within the 24 hours period before your appointment, speak with the nurse.
When you call for an appointment to GYN clinic, you will be sent a gyn clinic appointment handout which you must review and fill out before coming for your visit. It will include a variety of information, some of which may not be relevant to your current need for care but may apply at a later time. One page is a gyn clinic health information questionnaire that is relevant to all visits and needs to be filled out and brought with you at the time of your appointment. Students who do not come prepared for their appointment will be required to fill out forms at the health center, which may delay their seeing the doctor. Prepared students will be seen first.
Frequently Asked Questions
How am I notified regarding the results of my gynecological examination?
A note is sent to your campus mailbox with results or requesting you to contact the nurse.
Does Health Services give the Quadrivalent HPV vaccine, Gardasil?
We do not give Gardasil vaccines directly in Health Services. Gardasil is available at local physician’s offices if you need the series of three doses or if you have had one or more of the series and want to complete it, you can call one of the medical offices in Sherman/Denison. The Grayson County Health Department can only give this vaccine to those who are receiving or did receive their first injection, 19 years of age and under. For further information, come by Adams Center and speak with the nurse.
Is Emergency Contraception (ECP or Plan B) dispensed by Health Services?
We do not dispense emergency contraception. Plan B has been approved for over-the-counter purchase and is available at most pharmacies in the area if you are 18 years of age or over and have a valid photo ID. The Grayson County Health Department also dispenses it on Mon-Fri. from 8-11 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. They are located at 515 N. Walnut, 903.893.0131. The cost is $30. If none of these options work for you, contact the nurse for additional assistance.
What should I do if I think I might be pregnant?
Pregnancy tests can be done at Health Services at no charge. Whatever your concern, see the nurse first for a consultation and she can refer you to physicians and others in the community for counseling and guidance. All of our services are confidential.