At Beloit, you’re going to study, grow, learn, play, contemplate—and probably, at some point, catch a cold. Here’s what you need to know about staying healthy.
- Physical Record
You must have completed health forms, including a physical examination on file with the Health and Wellness Center. All forms are kept confidential. Make an appointment with your local doctor now; health forms are due July 15.
- Immunization Records
All entering students born after 1956, as per Wisconsin law, must show proof of one of the following:
- Having had two doses of MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, and rubella)
- Having had the diseases measles, mumps, and rubella
- Laboratory evidence of immunity
Dates/records of immunizations must be entered on the Student Health History and Physical Medical Record form by the physician’s office.
RECOMMENDATION: Update your Tetanus immunizations with a dose of Tdap. This past year there has been an increase across the country in the cases of Pertussis(Whooping Cough). This disease can be prevented with a dose of the TDap vaccine which includes the Pertussis vaccine.
- Immunization Awareness Verification
Wisconsin law requires:
- all college students be informed about Meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B and
- colleges maintain (confidential) records of students’ vaccinations. Just read, sign, and return the form.
Beloit College Health and Wellness Center
The Beloit College Health and Wellness Center is located on the first floor of Porter Hall. It’s open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and offers these services:
Gynecology and birth control
Counseling for mental and physical health issues
Lab testing (a lab technician comes to campus weekly)
Lending library, educational videos
Light therapy room (by appointment; for students with Seasonal Affective Disorder)
Medical equipment to loan, i.e., crutches, ice bags, heating pads
Nurse Practitioner appointments
Referrals to specialist and community health services
Travel health resources
TB skin testing
All Beloit College students are required to show proof of health insurance coverage for the 2014-15 academic year or they will be billed for an insurance plan offered by the college. If proof of insurance is not received by July 31, insurance charges cannot be removed from your bill. (Refer to the checklist for further instructions and log in to the Portal to complete the forms.)
If you have health insurance already, please check with your insurance/HMO plan to see if you're covered in the Beloit area, and for which services (on-campus nurse practitioner visits, off-campus appointments, prescriptions, etc.).
Medical expenses are paid by you (so please don’t send insurance claims to the Health Center or Athletics).
Bring a copy of your insurance card with you to campus and carry it with you.
If you’re an international student with a J-1 or F-1 visa, Beloit College automatically enrolls you in health insurance and bills the cost to your student account. You’ll receive your insurance card when you move in.
The Beloit Health System provides daily van service, arranged through the Health Center, to Beloit Memorial Hospital and to Beloit Clinic. The van leaves campus between 1 and 1:30 p.m. and returns at about 3 p.m. To use this service you need to plan ahead; they need 24 hours notice. If you need transportation at other times, city taxis and buses can get you there.
Nurse Practitioner Appointments and Billing
A medical practitioner from the Beloit Health System is on campus several hours a week, Monday through Friday. Call the health center for schedules and appointments. The campus nurse is available to see students on weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Health Center can also set up appointments with off-campus medical personnel.
You can see the Health Center R.N. for free, but nurse practitioner visits, on or off campus, will be billed to you and/or your insurance.
You can have up to six free sessions of counseling per semester through the college Health Center. For longer-term needs, staff can refer students to off-campus services.
Health Care in Greater Beloit
Information on health care providers in the city of Beloit is available online.
The Beloit College Sports Center Training Room is available to varsity athletes. The training room does not serve non-varsity athletes.
If you’re an athlete, you’ll receive additional correspondence about athletic health procedures and forms.