Free or discounted medical services offered to NSU students

NSU offers a wide array of health services to its students. Students are required to possess health insurance while they attend the university. If they do not have a private insurance, then they must purchase NSU’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida policy. A major benefit of this coverage is that it gives students free or discounted access to a wide variety of the school’s medical services. Here is a brief description of the services offered at NSU’s medical facilities.

1. Family Medicine

Family medicine encompasses all procedures involved in the prevention and treatment of various illnesses. This is the facility where students and their families will come to receive that yearly physical and blood tests. Your primary physician in this department should be your first contact in times of emergency and medical questions.

2. Internal Medicine

Unlike Family Medicine, Internal Medicine focuses solely on treating adults. The internists practice outpatient and in-hospital care. Check-ups, disease prevention and chronic illnesses are some of the services offered by the department.

3. Nephrology and Hypertension

Nephrology is the treatment of kidney diseases and ailments as well as high blood pressure. Dangerous diseases such as diabetes and kidney failure can be thoroughly monitored. Blood chemistry imbalances and kidney stones are also diagnosed and treated in the facility.

4. Pediatric Medicine

This division specializes in monitoring the health and wellbeing of children. “Well visits” and illness care are among the services offered as well as prenatal exams. The Pediatric department also offers school, camp and athletic physicals with the necessary State of Florida forms.

5. Geriatric Medicine

This branch of the medical center caters to elderly patients of 55 years of age or older. Physical screenings for osteoporosis, diabetes and hypertension are available. Psychosocial impairment screenings are also offered for ailments such as Alzheimer’s and depression.

6. Obstetrics/Gynecology

This division uses the most up-to-date technologies available to assess the various issues related to women’s health. These topics include everything from birth control to menopause. The clinic specializes in all aspects of women’s health, from pre-teen to menopause.

7. Dermatology

The Dermatology department enables students to seek treatment for skin problems ranging from chronic acne and eczema to skin cancer. Students may seek treatment for ailments concerning skin, hair and nails. Botox and Glycolic Acid Peels are just some of the discounted services available to the patients

8. Sports Medicine

The Sports Medicine branch affords students a wide-variety of medical treatments, ranging from acute care for serious injuries to sports physicals. The clinic employs nutritionists and massage therapists in addition to physicians and trainers.

9. Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic Medicine uses a specialized form of treatment known as osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). This technique treats the entire body as a whole unit, focusing on the muscular framework. It may be used as a sole treatment, or in conjunction with others.

10. Psychiatry and Psychology

Evaluation, medications and psychotherapy are among the services the center offers to students over the age of eighteen. Therapists evaluate and diagnose illnesses such as depression, anxiety and other emotional illnesses. Although the goal of the center is to encourage holistic alternates such as talk therapy and exercise, a licensed psychiatrist is on staff to prescribe medications.

11. Pharmacy

The pharmacy offers discounts on certain prescriptions and nutrition counseling. Disease management programs are available to students. The pharmacy also offers free wellness screenings to students, faculty and staff on the third Tuesday of every month.

12. Dental Clinic

The services include orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, and prosthetics. The clinic offers discounted prices to its patients based on the person’s income. The patient is assigned to a dental student and is given the doctor’s personal cell phone number. This ensures that the patient can reach the dentist quickly as well as confirm appointments. All procedures are closely supervised by professional dentists who have been practicing for years. NSU’s Dental Clinic is open to students as well as the community. The only down side is that patients’ appointments can last up to four hours.

13. Optometric Health Care

This center focuses on the care and treatment of the eyes. Its services include routine checkups, optical services (glasses), and treatment of eye disease and injuries.

School is a rigorous undertaking. Homework, tests and other commitments test our body’s ability to sustain itself. But, NSU offers many medical services to help you remain healthy throughout the year. So, take advantage of them. Don’t let your health fall to the wayside as you work towards your future. For more information about the NSU’s student health insurance, contact Mark Reid or Caitlin Ballback at (954) 262-4060 or studenthealth@nova.edu. For more information about NSU’s medical services, contact the office at (954) 262-1262.

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