FAQs

In General

Do I need an appointment or can I just walk-in?
We would like you to schedule an appointment. We will see patients on a walk-in basis but walk-ins may be asked to wait for the next available practitioner.

Insurance

The student health insurance carrier for the University of Mary Washington is Academic Health Plans. Their website for enrollment is www.academichealthplans.com/umw/.

If the SHC does not take health insurance why do you want our health insurance information?
Though the SHC does not bill health insurance for any services, we may refer you to a laboratory, x-ray facility, emergency room or specialist who will need to know your health insurance.

Prescriptions

Where can students get prescriptions filled?
The SHC has a small pharmacy in the Health Center that stocks some birth control pills and a few generic antibiotics. By law, we can only fill prescriptions written by our Nurse Practitioner or the University Physician. We are not allowed to fill prescriptions from other physicians nor can we special order medications for you.

Prescriptions written by us, or any other physicians, may be be filled at three different locations, all close to the campus: Giant Food at Park and Shop; CVS at 2614 Jefferson Davis Highway (near the hospital); Rite Aid at 5229 Jefferson Davis Highway and Cowan Pharmacy, 2571 Cowan Blvd (540) 479-6900 – 10% discount for UMW students and staff on OTC items).
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Medical Forms

I am unable to get my Medical Information Form in on time.  What should I do?
The Send your form in just as soon as you possibly can. Before sending it, check it thoroughly making sure there are no blank spaces. It is important that all questions are answered. If the answer is “no” or “none,” write it in.  If you see that (s)he has left blank spaces, carry the form back for completion. If there are any blank spaces, your form will be returned to you.
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Immunizations

What will happen if I don’t have all my immunizations?
State of Virginia law requires that you document immunization for or natural immunity to Rubeola (measles), mumps, Rubella (German Measles) and tetanus. It also requires that you have a Hepatitis B series of vaccinations (or sign a waiver) and a meningitis shot (or sign a waiver). If any of these requirements are not met, then you will be blocked from registering for your second semester until you meet these requirements.

I don’t have my immunization records.  What should I do?
Check with your physician or your school. If you cannot find any records, call the Student Health Center, 540-654-1040, and we will work with you. top of page

Other

I missed class because I was sick, can you give me an excuse?
Please see our Absence Excuse Policy.


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