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Students should be sure to take advantage of the “hidden” health center on campus and their required health insurance provided by the University. Included in each full-time traditional undergraduate student’s tuition, which totals $444 per semester, is a mandatory health insurance plan provided by the University.

Some of the services include first aid, immunizations, vaccinations, STD screening, pregnancy tests and numerous women’s health services like pap smears.

With medical doctors on site, some prescriptions are even available to take with you immediately. When the health center’s services will not suffice, the included health insurance covers 70 percent of medical costs incurred off-campus.

Students should be heading to the health center to get the most out of their mandated health insurance. Having a health center on campus is mostly convenient for students who do not live close to home, and therefore cannot drive home in between classes and work to sit in a long line in the waiting room. It is also a great tool for incoming freshmen who are living on their own for the first time.

Unfortunately not all students know that this resource is at their disposal. The center is virtually hidden off campus and little promotion goes into informing students of the services they are paying for. There are very few regular promotions about the health center outside of the few promos that are read or played over LeoFM.

The restricted hours may also be a deterrent for students turning to the health center for the aid they need. The center is only open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, students should remember that they can use their health insurance elsewhere and still have 70 percent coverage with their University plan.

The health center could put students’ money to work and promote their services by holding workshops throughout the semester to teach students about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, self care or sexual education.

Students can view a breakdown of the benefits included in their insurance plan by visiting 4studenthealth.relationinsurance.com.

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