The Health Center delivers the same type of care you would expect to get from your primary care physician. All registered SUNY Oneonta students (full- and part-time, graduate and undergraduate) pay a student health fee as part of their tuition.
Since you pay the student health fee, most clinic visits, health education materials or programs will not have an additional charge. Your health fee also covers the cost of some medications and common medical supplies if health center medical staff provide them or order them for you.
Full-time domestic undergraduate students and all international students are required to have health insurance to help pay costs not covered by the student health fee.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Clinical research has shown that the combination of counseling with psychiatric medication is more effective than either of the approaches by themselves. The Health Center works closely with the Counseling Center, in fact, we share the same building. We can refer students for a counseling evaluation and the counseling staff can refer students to the health center for a psychiatric medication evaluation. Medication for depression, anxiety and other mental health problems are sometimes recommended and may be prescribed by our health center staff. If needed, a referral for further mental health services may be discussed.
The Health Center provides evidence-based psychiatric consultation and treatment. Initial intake appointment are 40 minutes in length. Follow-up appointments are 20 minutes in length and are not meant to replace therapy/counseling sessions; they are focused on medication response, side effects and options/recommendations for treatment.
SUNY Oneonta has received a grant from SUNY to participate in a telepsychology and telepsychiatry pilot program. Through this grant program, students can come for counseling or psychiatric appointments and communicate via an encrypted video-chat software with a provider at SUNY Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse NY. Medication providers then send any prescription to a local pharmacy.
All adults need a yearly influenza vaccine and Td or Tdap every 10 years. You may need other vaccines based on your age, health conditions, occupation, lifestyle or travel habits. Please call the Health Center at 607-436-3573 for specific questions regarding vaccination.
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information.
If you are planning to travel abroad, it is not too early to start planning for special health needs related to your trip. The Health Center provides comprehensive travel health services to those students traveling abroad, whether you are going for a short trip for a class, a full semester or as an individual traveler. For information about scheduling an appointment, call the Health Center at 607-436-3573.
Diagnosing and treatment of urinary tract infections, menstrual disorders, and pelvic infection
Testing for sexually transmitted infections
Urine pregnancy testing
Can be prescribed by providers at the Health Center.
If you wish to have DepoProvera administer by the Health Center after it was prescribed by your home provider, you will be required to submit documentation of the order and the date it was last administered
Emergency contraception is a way to reduce your risk of pregnancy after having unprotected sex. It is not intended to be used as a regular birth control method.
Most effective when taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex
Available for purchase at the Health Center’s front desk or over the counter at local pharmacy.
The staff at the Health Center wants you to be comfortable coming to the Health Center to address your health care needs. The nurses and providers at the Health Center are aware, educated and non-judgemental about the special issues, concerns and health risks in the gay community. Please review the following lists of potential health risks so that you can be proactive in your Health Center visit by knowing what questions an concerns you may want to discuss. There are two lists: Ten Things Gay Men Should Discuss With Their Health Care Providers, and Ten Things Lesbians Should Discuss With Their Health Care Providers.
Confidential rapid HIV testing is available by appointment.
For more information about HIV Testing, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the following are ways to protect yourself and others:
Get the Facts: Arm yourself with basic information about STIs
Take Control: You have the facts; now protect yourself and your partner
Reduce Number of Sex Partners
Put Yourself to the Test
Testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections is available at the Health Center.
How to make an appointment for testing:
If you have symptoms – make an appointment because your symptoms will need to be evaluated by a medical provider.
If you have no symptoms – and just want to be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea, you can be screened during an appointment with nursing staff
This service is not available at this time. Check back for future updates.
The Health Center can perform the following on-site laboratory tests without extra fees: mononucleosis, urinalysis, pregnancy tests, rapid strep, rapid COVID and glucose testing. There is a small fee for HIV and flu testing. All other laboratory tests are sent to Quest Diagnostics or to A.O Fox Hospital Lab. A copy of the student's health insurance card will be sent with the lab specimen. Students are responsible for services not covered by their insurance.
The Health Center has a limited number of common prescription and non-prescription medications available to students. Most of these medications are dispensed or made available to students when they come to the Health Center with an appointment at no additional cost. There are nominal fees for birth control pills, emergency contraceptive pills, albuterol metered dose inhalers, and some antibiotics and immunizations. Rapid flu testing has a small fee.
If a student needs a prescription medication that is not available at the Health Center, a provider can write a prescription for it that can be filled at any pharmacy in New York State. The student is responsible for any charges incurred for filling a prescription.
Because the Health Center is not a licensed pharmacy, we cannot fill prescriptions written by a student's private provider or any outside agency, such as the emergency room.
If a student is on a prescription medication on a regular basis, such as medication for acne or seasonal allergies, etc, and needs a local prescription so they can refill their medication while they are at college, the student can make an appointment with a provider at the Health Center. They should bring their prescription bottle with them. A provider, at his/her discretion and based on an individual evaluation, may be able to provide a local prescription for the student.
If a student is on a control substance on a regular basis, such as Adderall, and needs a local prescription so they can refill their medication while they are at college, the student can make an appointment with a provider at the Health Center. The provider will need documentation from the student's private provider that includes: the provider's name, address, phone and FAX; the diagnosis that the medication is being provided for; the dosage; and frequency of the medication. We also require psychiatric/psychological records from within the past two years that include summaries of psychological testing used to support the diagnosis. This documentation can be sent to the Health Center by mail or FAX or brought to the Health Center by the student. A provider, at his/her discretion and based on an individual evaluation, may be able to provide a local prescription for the student. At this time injectable mental health medications cannot be prescribed by the Health Center providers.
The nearest pharmacies are one mile away, both on Chestnut Street,
Rite Aid 94 Chestnut street (607) 432-7640
Walgreens 99 chestnut street (607) 433-5101
Our healthcare providers are committed to the appropriate dispensing of all medications, including antibiotics. We adhere to established evidence based clinical guidelines regarding the appropriate use of antibiotics particularly in the management of respiratory infections.
Students Seeking Medication for ADD/ADHD:
Stimulant medications (e.g. Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine, Vyvanse) are controlled substances that are commonly used in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD; formerly ADD). While these medications can have a meaningful impact on individuals who have been diagnosed with ADHD, without extensive assessment and appropriate medical oversight, stimulant medications can lead to dependency, psychosis, and other serious cardiovascular side effects. In recent years, the recreational or un-prescribed use of ADHD medications by college students has increased considerably.
In order for a provider at the student health center to prescribe stimulant medication to a student with a current treatment plan which includes stimulants for ADHD symptoms, a student must provide records confirming that they have been evaluated for and diagnosed with ADHD/ADD. The records must reflect a diagnosis based on recent (not more than 2 years old) psychological, neuropsychological, or psychoeducational testing, with instruments, methods, and results specified. These records will be reviewed by a counseling center psychologist and must document the formal diagnosis meeting DSM-IV-TR (DSM-V) criteria by an appropriately credentialed psychologist or physician. Specifically, students must meet the DSM-IV-TR or DSM-V diagnostic criteria of the American Psychiatric Association.
Without such comprehensive evaluation, it is the policy of the student health center not to provide a prescription for stimulant medication.
Students that do not have current documentation and would like to be evaluated for ADHD should contact the counseling center information regarding scheduling appropriate comprehensive testing through private practitioners in the community.
Medical transcript requests must be made in writing. There is no charge for these records.
Please note, we are unable to keep Health & Immunization Records on file for longer than ten years after your last year of attendance at SUNY Oneonta. If it has been longer than ten years since you have attended, we will no longer have your file.
Please be sure to include the following with your written release:
- Name used while attending SUNY Oneonta.
- SUNY Oneonta identification number or social security number.
- Date of last semester you attended SUNY Oneonta.
- A note stating where you would like the record(s) mailed.
- Your signature and a phone number where you can be reached should we have any questions.
Our mailing address is:
Student Health Center
Oneonta, NY 13820
This page is intended to provide you with information on immunization and vaccine services offered at Student Health Services. By providing you with the opportunity to take advantage of these services it is our goal to keep you as healthy as possible during your stay on campus. Students under the age of 18 years must have written parental/guardian consent before any vaccine is given.
All student information held at the Health Center is strictly confidential and will not be released without written or phone consent by the student and/or as required by law. Students under 18 years of age, must have parental permission to be seen and treated at the Health Center except for emergency situations, emancipated minors, or reproductive health issues.