Mission Statement

The mission of the Spartan Health Center(SHC) 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 SHC, 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.

All SHC and Annex visits are by appointment (nurse or provider, telehealth when medically appropriate) 757-278-3360. Please be on time. You may be directed to the SHC Annex 757-278-4129 if you are experiencing symptoms of a communicable illness, fever >100. First time SHC users will need to complete new patient registration forms-so plan to arrive 15 minutes early.  Masks (will be supplied if student does not have one) are required to enter SHC or Annex.

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, 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 757-823-8173) and the O.A.S.I.S office (accessibility services and international students) (Phone 757823-8325). 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.

Health 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-see O.A.S.I.S office for information 757-823-8325

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 plan, Tricare Prime or Kaiser-Permanente insurance.  Check here to see if you qualify for health insurance through state of Virginia-https://coverva.org/en

SHC COVID-19 Procedures to reduce risk of virus exposure to staff, students, faculty

-The SHC Annex 757-278-4129 is available for Covid19 or other communicable illnesses (separate waiting and evaluation area). Testing for symptomatic and Covid19 close contacts is available.

-To reduce risk of spreading virus on campus students should follow current CDC vaccination guidelines, self-quarantine for 5 days before arriving or 5 days after campus arrival, follow all current NSU Covid19 directives pertaining to masking, social/physical distancing protocols.

If you feel sick, DO NOT GO to classes or events (shortness of breath, cough, fever, body aches, chills, sore throat, headache, nausea/diarrhea, loss of smell/taste, excess fatigue). Call the office 757-278-4129 or 757-278-3360 the same day.

-All students should bring a digital thermometer, hand sanitizer and adult multivitamins to school

Do not share personal items including food, water, lip balm, makeup or other hygiene products

-All students should stay up to date with routine vaccines including getting a yearly flu shot

– All students need to use hand sanitizer before and after sign-in, and have temperature taken at sign in

-Waiting room use is only for patients (exception if caregiver needed)

-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 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