Students see our medical staff for the same range of illnesses and injuries they would see their home community provider for. In Oregon, our staff nurse practitioners are licensed to diagnose and manage acute episodic and chronic illnesses. They treat injuries, prescribe medication, and order and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests.
The following services are provided at the Student Health Center:
- Health maintenance
- Annual exams for women
- Emergency Contraception
- STD and HIV screening
- Athletic Physicals, Study Abroad Physicals, General Physicals
- Nutrition/fitness education
- Health education
- Resource materials for personal or program needs
- Evaluation and treatment of illness/injury
- Coordination/management of chronic health conditions
- Referrals to specialists in the community
- Importantly, Bishop Wellness Center does not provide medication management or prescriptions for emerging or complex mental health conditions. Further, psychiatry in the Salem community is unfortunately very difficult to secure, as there is a significant shortage of prescribers in the area. We've found that wait times for an initial appointment can exceed several weeks, and in some cases months. Given the difficulty in finding care close to campus, most students with mental health medication management needs find it easiest to remain connected with their provider at home. Telephone, Skype, and in person visits with your provider at home over the breaks are often more accessible that trying to establish care in Salem.