Seattle Pacific University Health Services
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does a Visit Cost?
The fee for illness and injury visits is $30/quarter (unlimited # of visits) for Undergraduate Students, $50/quarter (unlimited # of visits) for Graduate Students, $15/visit for SPU employees, and $10/visit for ACE Language Institute Students. Residential students pay the $30 fee in their room and board charge. Commuter students and SPU employees are charged their first visit to the Health Center each quarter.
Wellness visits are not included in the illness and injury fees. Physicals, allergy shots, and immunizations have additional fees. Lab work will be billed by outside provider and can take insurance. All fees can be paid at time of visit of put on patients’ SFS account. See Cost and Insurance for more specifics.
Do I have to have insurance to be seen?
No. Health Services does not bill insurance. See “How Much Does a Visit Cost?” for costs. For immunizations, we can give you a receipt that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. For Lab work, you have the option of having the lab company bill your insurance or we can bill your SFS account.
Does SPU offer insurance plans for students?
The Affordable Care Act has changed SPU’s ability to offer health insurance to our students. Unfortunately, this means there will not be a health insurance plan offered to domestic (American) undergraduates or graduate students for the 2013-2014 Academic year. See the Cost and Insurance page for up-to-date information and ideas on procuring insurance.
All International students are required to have medical insurance. You are automatically enrolled in LewerMark, unless you have provided proof of comparable insurance to the Health Services Director within 5 days of the start to the current quarter.
Does Health Services write excuse notes for missed classes or exams?
Please refer to the following policy: Health Services Medical Excuse Note Policy.
Does SPU have a psychiatrist?
Not at this time. Our Nurse Practitioners are trained in screening for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and other mental illnesses. They have prescriptive authority to write prescriptions for medications, if needed, and can refer to Psychiatrists in the local community.
Can I just walk-in to see a provider?
Preferably no. Appointments allow the staff to see as many patients as possible. Appointments can be made by calling the front desk at 206.281.2231 or x2231 on-campus. In an emergency, we can see walk-in patients.
What are Health Services’ hours?
Monday-Friday 9-12, & 1-4:30. September thru June. After hours emergencies should call Safety and Security at 206.281.2911 or x2911 on-campus. We are also closed for official SPU office closures, such as Chapel and a week during Christmas.
Are my visits confidential?
Health Services is HIPAA complaint. All records are kept confidential unless the patient fills out a release form or as the law requires. The Student Counseling Center and Health Services are completely two separate departments and records are kept separately, requiring a release by the patient for each to share information.
Why do I have a Registration Hold?
Health Services has not received the required documents that were in your admissions packet. We require a Medical History Form and official documentation of 2 MMRs (Measles, Mumps & Rubella) and a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Acellular Pertussis) vaccine. You can contact Health Services at 206.281.2231 or x2231 on-campus to find out specifically what you are missing. The New Student page may also be of assistance.