Frequently Asked Questions


Q:  Who has access to my medical records?  

A:  Everything in the Health and Wellness Center is confidential. This means your health care will not be discussed with anyone without your written consent. There are several safeguards in place to protect your medical records. The student workers are restricted from confidential and personal information and are trained in depth on matters of confidentiality.

Q:  Do you give allergy injections in the Health and Wellness Center?  

A:  Yes. You must have the following to receive the injections:

  1. A doctor's order stating that you have permission to receive your injection at Berry.
  2. Serum for the injections (must remain in our refrigerator while you are at Berry.)
  3. The injections must be given during our doctor's clinic hours, which are Mondays from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8:15-8:30 a.m.
  4. You will need to stay for at least 20 minutes to be observed for any adverse reactions. There are no exceptions.

Q:  What kind of immunization requirements will I have to meet?  

A:  Before registering for classes, the Health and Wellness Center must have record of two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccinations, as well as a Health History and Self-Report. If you reside on campus, Georgia law also requires that you receive a meningitis vaccination or waive this immunization. A copy of the needed forms can be obtained online.

Q:  If I am sick, can I spend the night at the Health and Wellness Center?  

A:  There are no provisions for overnight stay at the Health and Wellness Center. The nurse will assess your physical condition during business hours and decide what type of care you will need and arrange that care accordingly. If you need medical attention after business hours, Urgent Care, Harbin Clinic's Immediate Care Center, Redmond Regional Medical Center, and Floyd Medical Center are easily accessible. Your RA can help you access after hours care.

Q:  Is there a charge for any services in the Health and Wellness Center?  

A:  No, there is no charge for over-the-counter medicines, loan equipment, resource materials, nurse visits, allergy injections or doctor visits. However, there is a one time yearly fee for GYN services provided on campus. Any service off campus, such as lab and x-rays will be billed by the facility to your private insurance.

Q: Are services free to students?

A: Yes, services at the Health Center are free to students

Q: What can I expect when I come in to see a nurse?

A: Students will be greeted at the front window by a student worker, they will be taken back into a room and the student worker will take vital signs, and the nurse will be in to see them soon after.

Q: Do I need to make an appointment?

A: You do not have to make an appointment to see a Nurse or the Nurse Practitioner, however it is highly recommended that students make appointments before they come in, either online or calling the Health Center, to avoid a long wait.

Q: How long does the Health Center keep my records?

A: The Health Center keeps student records on file 7 years after they graduate/transfer from Berry.

Q: Can the Health Center write prescriptions?

A: Yes. The Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, and Doctor are all able to write prescriptions.

Q: Does the Health Center give Flu Shots?

A: Yes. We provide students with free flu shots at the beginning of flu season and provide them to staff for a low cost.