Frequently Asked Questions
The Health and Wellness Center is located in the Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons (B19), Room 177. The office is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. - 5:00 and Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Our phone number is 413-755-4230 and our fax number is 413-755-6045.
The Health and Wellness Center is open for patient evaluations year round. A full-time physician assistant is on campus for appointments and walk-in service. Campus Police respond to all campus emergencies.
Some over-the-counter medications are available in a dispenser located in the lobby of the Health and Wellness Center.
We have a variety of pamphlets and other resources on health and wellness as well as medical conditions and treatments.
Springfield Technical Community College is committed to supporting student healthcare needs. A Self-Care Room is available to students and employees. It may be used for lactation, wound care, self-administration of medications, meditation and other reflective practices, and nearly any other lawful healthcare need. The Self-Care Room is located within the Health and Wellness Center, Building 19, Room 177. The room is available on a first-come/first-served basis. Room use is limited to 30-minute intervals, is subject to the Student Code of Conduct and all other applicable College policies.
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. Additionally, students aged 16-21 are required to submit documentation of Menactra or Menveo vaccination after the age of 16. 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. Students enrolled in an Early Childhood program or Behavioral Science program have additional requirements.
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.
All athletes must submit an Athletic Preparticipation Evaluation annually. A Sickle Cell Trait Waiver must be submitted prior to participation in a sport. If they do not have their own doctor and require a physical exam, this service is offered by appointment in the Health and Wellness Center.
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 University Health Plans website. Insurance coverage is from September 1st to August 31st. If a student is only enrolled in the spring semester then the coverage is from January 1st to August 31st.
If a student is already insured, the cost of the additional policy may be waived. Waiving the insurance is done online on the University Health Plans website.
Students should choose a primary care physician that accepts student insurance. The Health and Wellness Center does not currently accept insurance.
Students enrolled in Workforce Training programs that require health insurance verification and are in need of health insurance coverage should contact one of the following organizations for enrollment assistance:
Connecticut residents: access health CT can be reached by telephone at 1-855-805-4325 or online at the Access Health CT website
Massachusetts residents: Health Connector can be reached by telephone at 1-877-623-6765 or online at the Massachusetts Health Connector website
Nursing and Allied Health Students
There are directions to use the Health and Wellness Center DropBox on the H&WC portal page: https://stccnet.stcc.edu/student_services/healthservices/Pages/default.aspx
It may be accessed with your mobile phone for easy uploading of pictures.
Fax: (413) 755-6045
You may contact the Health and Wellness Center's office via CHAT NOW feature (bottom right of this screen), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (413) 755-4230.
The student Health Record Requirements for your program are linked in your acceptance email and are available on the Health and Wellness Center page under Health Forms for Each Program.
The H&WC will send reminders/communications via student email only during campus curtailment. Please check your student email regularly and over intersessions. Promptly update address and phone number changes through the Registrar’s Office for when postal notifications resume.
Deadline Extension for an Immunization/Immunity Record
First speak with your provider about your safety and the safety of others as most programs have fieldwork in the first semester. Following that discussion, you must prepare a dated and detailed action plan for how you are planning to meet the requirement by the program start date.
Speak with your provider about your safety and the safety of others because most programs have fieldwork in the first semester. Following that discussion, you must prepare a DATED and detailed action plan for meeting the immunity part of the requirement as follows.
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“I received three doses of hepatitis B in the past. My recent titer on __/__/__ shows no immunity (negative indeterminate or equivocal result) and I will not meet the deadline of ___/__/___. I have spoken to my provider about my safety and risk of exposure knowing that I am likely to have fieldwork in my first semester. Based on that discussion here is my DATED and detailed action plan for meeting the “proof of immunity” requirement:
- Date of the fourth dose of hepatitis B vaccination (1st dose of the second series) administered on.___/___/___
- Date of the fifth dose (2nd dose of the second series) ___/___/___ (if not applicable, delete from your plan)
- Date of the sixth dose (3rd dose of the second series). This date will vary by provider so determine if it will be 16 weeks between dose 1 and 3 or 5 months between doses 2 and 3? ___/___/___ (if not applicable, delete from your plan)
- My provider will check immunity following (you must indicate which one): booster or mid-series or post-series. Date the Hepatitis B (HBsAb) titer will be drawn ___/___/___.
- If the titer result does not show immunity, I will submit all related records and then contact the Health and Wellness Center for how to proceed.
I understand that this extension request(s) will be denied until I provide actual/approximate dates and an indication that I have discussed the plan with my provider. If this action plan is satisfactory, I understand that the Director of Health Compliance may review my request with my academic program to determine my ability to participate in the program and/or fieldwork component. I understand the program is bound contractually and by accrediting bodies to meet many requirements for my safety as well as the safety of others.
If this action plan is acceptable for participation, I understand that I will be notified by secure email to my STCC student email account. Upon receipt of this letter, I will review the conditions of the extension and verify that I am able and willing to comply with these terms. I understand that failure to meet any of the conditions as noted in this extension letter may result in my removal from the program.”
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You may complete the request following submission of all related records to the H&WC. Open the form and complete the section: Please explain the reason for your request and how you plan to meet the health record requirements for your program: by pasting your DATED and detailed action plan for meeting the requirement as noted previously.
If your action plan is acceptable by the program for participation, you will be notified by secure email to your STCC student email account. Upon receipt of this letter, you must carefully review the conditions of the extension and verify that you are able and willing to comply with these terms. Failure to meet such conditions may result in your removal from the program.