The mission of the Spartan Health Center is to foster a healthy campus community by providing confidential, accessible, comprehensive and progressive services with a caring and individualized approach. Educational and prevention services support a holistic approach to empowering individuals to live healthy and productive lives as global citizens.
About the Spartan Health Center(an affiliate of Fort Norfolk Urgent Care)
At the Spartan Health Center NSU enrolled students have confidential visits- meaning we do not share or release your medical records without your written permission in accordance with state and federal law (HIPAA). An exception would be reporting a student in immediate danger of suicide or homicide.
Our medical providers treat common acute illnesses and injuries –such as colds/influenza, asthma attacks, stomach “flu”, strep throat, urinary, gyn/contraception, male sexual symptoms and minor injuries. Included services in student health fees are blood pressure or weight checks and in-house labs (urine-dip, glucose checks, strep and mono tests, urine pregnancy test(one/semester-free), HIV testing, influenza test, wet preps, KOH-prep. The Spartan Health Center is designed to provide no charge urgent care for minor injuries, acute illnesses and coordinated care of stable chronic illnesses. Expanded services such as allergy injections, Pap smears, physicals, TB testing, medication injections, nebulizer treatments and outside labs (including STD tests), are subject to a charge at a reduced market rate (prices may change yearly).
If indicated we refer students to local specialists for mental health care, chronic illnesses, or complex health issues. We also refer to the ER at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (Trauma 1 level center, located 3.3 miles from campus) when medically indicated.
Our office works in collaboration with NSU Counseling services (Phone 823-8173) and O.A.S.I.S (students with disability and international students) (Phone 823-2409). We strongly advise that all students with chronic illness register with O.A.S.I.S’s office in case additional resources for academic success are needed.
Due to the high cost of health care, it is strongly recommended that all students be covered by some form of health insurance. This may be as a dependent on a family plan or by purchasing health insurance coverage independent of the University. Coverage may be limited to ER services if you have a different state’s Medicaid, Tricare Prime or Kaiser-Permanente insurance.
NSU does not currently offer either an Accident Medical Expense Benefit Plan or a Sickness Medical Expense Benefit Plan for Domestic Students.
International Students are required to enroll in an International Students Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan(s) at the time of registration.
SHC COVID-19 Procedures to reduce risk of virus exposure to staff, students, faculty
-To reduce risk of spreading virus on campus students should self-quarantine for 10 days before arriving or 10 days after campus arrival pending NSU directives. At school maintain social/physical distancing protocols.
-NO WALK INS. Call ahead to schedule all types of appointments 757-278-3360. Please be on time.
–If you feel sick (shortness of breath, cough, fever, body aches, chills, sore throat, headache, nausea, loss of smell/taste) call the office 757-278-4129 or 757-278-3360 the same day and DO NOT GO to classes or events
-All students need to bring a digital thermometer, two (2) face coverings, hand sanitizer and adult multivitamins to school
–Do not share personal items including food or water or lip balm or makeup or hygiene products
-All students need to be up to date with vaccines and get a flu shot before coming to school
-First time SHC users will need to complete new patient registration forms
-Use of SHC Annex 757-278-4129 to see Covid-19 suspicious patients (separate waiting and evaluation area)
-We will use telemedicine appointments when medically appropriate and schedule testing
-All appointments will be scheduled (in person doctor and nurse visits and telemedicine). Covid-19 screening questions and visit registration will be done at time your appointment is made
-Students with positive screening questions or elevated temperature >100 will be seen in the Annex
-All persons must wear face covering or mask to enter SHC or Annex, use hand sanitizer before and after sign-in, and have temperature taken at sign in
-Waiting room use will be only for patients (no friends waiting)
-Testing for influenza, strep or mononucleosis in addition to Covid-19 PCR testing may occur
-Testing will follow Virginia Department of Health (VDH), CDC or other medical authority guidelines in effect at the time of visits. Symptomatic students, close contacts of positive Covid-19 persons or students with suspicious symptoms will have testing priority. Mandatory reporting to VDH for all Covid-19 positive or clinically suspicious cases is in effect.
-SHC Annex 757-278-4129 will assist COVID-19 positive students and close contacts by notifying Housing & Residence Life (meals) and Dean of Students Office (academic absence) when isolation or quarantine is required
– Covid-19 positive students in isolation or quarantine on campus need to put SHC 757-278-4129 and 757-278-3360 in their contact list and activate their voice mail system so daily follow up can occur; take temperature daily and self- monitor symptoms. Call NSU Police 823-9000 or 911 if feeling confused, lips turning blue, constant chest pain/pressure, unable to breath, excessive sleepiness