Frequently Asked Questions
- Where is the Health Services Office?
- The Health Services Office is located in Building 20, Room 320,
2 floors above the bookstore. The office is open weekdays from 7:30
- 3:30. Our phone number is (413) 755-4230 and our fax number is
- What immunizations do I need if I am a full-time, non-health
- Proof of tetanus & pertussis (Tdap) in the last ten (10)
years, 2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine and 3 doses
of Hepatitis B vaccine as well as evidence of Varicella (chickenpox)
immunity. These vaccinations are required for all high schools and
colleges in Massachusetts.
- Students may submit copies of immunization records from previous
schools. If no childhood or school vaccination records are available
students may have a blood test, called a titer, drawn to prove immunity
to the above diseases.
- What is required for Health Science majors?
- Any student in a health field must submit all vaccination records
required for full-time, non-health major students. Additionally,
students enrolled in a health field must have a physical exam as
well as yearly tuberculosis screening (Mantoux skin test or a blood
test called either Quantiferon Gold or T-SPOT).
- Where can a student get these immunizations if he/she has no
- If a student needs to be re-immunized because of age or inability
to locate his/her record, there are many locations and clinics to
obtain vaccinations, some at a reduced rate. Also, many vaccinations
are provided at the Health Services Office at a minimal charge,
including Mantoux testing and Influenza vaccine. Vaccinations and
Mantoux testing are by appointment only.
- Are any students other than health programs required to have
- All athletes must have proof of a physical exam within the past
year to participate in a sport. If they do not have their own doctor
and require a physical exam, this service is offered free of charge
at the Health Services Office.
- Are there any medical services on campus if I am ill or injured?
- The Health Services office is open for patient evaluations year
round. A full-time physician assistant is on campus for appointments
and walk-in service. The campus physician is available weekly; please
call Health Services for hours. Campus Police respond to all campus
- Do you distribute medication?
- Some over-the-counter medications are available in a dispenser
located in the lobby of the Health Services office.
- Is literature and other information on various illnesses available
in the Health Office?
- We have a variety of pamphlets and other resources on Health
and Wellness as well as medical conditions and treatments.
- What are the Health Insurance Requirements, Coverage and Benefits?
- State law requires all individuals to be insured. Students enrolled
in nine (9) credits or more are automatically enrolled in a policy
and the cost is added to the student's bill. A pamphlet is sent
to students describing his/her benefits, and once the bill is paid
the student receives an insurance wallet card. The amount of the
insurance is listed on the website
www.universityhealthplans.com . Insurance coverage is from September
1 to August 31. If a student is only enrolled in the spring semester
then the coverage is from January 1 to August 31.
- If a student is already insured, the cost of the additional
policy may be waived. Waiving the insurance is done online at
- Students should choose a primary care physician that accepts
the student insurance. The Health Services Office does not currently