Healthy students and healthy minds

Accessible, cost-effective, high quality primary care, preventative services and health education

The mission of Eckerd College Health Services is to provide accessible, cost-effective, high quality primary care and preventative services in a college setting to optimize the student’s wellness for the ability to learn. These services do not solely focus on illness but also of development of health related to lifestyle decisions to enhance well-being.

The Health Center is operated by Bayfront Health Convenient Care, which has been serving the community for over 30 years. Bayfront is a Level II trauma, accident, and tertiary care center located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. There are also conveniently located clinicals in the area that are a part of Bayfront Health St. Petersburg system.

Health Services on campus is fortunate to have a medical doctor and nurse practitioner, offering weekly patient appointments on-site.

Edmundson Hall
Mon – Thur: 8:30a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Appointments

  • Call 727-864-8326 during the center’s hours (even for same-day appointments)
  • Stop by Edmundson Hall and talk with our staff
  • Walk-ins are also welcome

Students experiencing a medical concern when the health center is closed should contact their Resident Advisor or Campus Safety & Security at 727-864-8260.

Contact 911 in the case of a medical emergency.

Walk-in clinics located closest to campus

Eckerd College is fortunate to be in an urban area with many health related resources close to campus.

These clinics are not affiliated with Eckerd College Health Services. Students are responsible for all costs incurred. Please ensure that your student insurance covers the charges at these clinics.

Services

Health Center Nurse Practitioners provide services for a wide range of medical concerns, including the flu, cough and cold symptoms, upper respiratory disorders, gastro-intestinal disorders and nausea, injuries/bruises, bacterial infections, rashes and pain. Nurse Practitioners also provide a variety of routine physical exams, gynecological services, sexual health testing for sexually transmitted diseases, vaccines for living in the residence halls or traveling abroad, and assist with refilling prescriptions from your healthcare provider at home.

Nurse Practitioners, in consultation with Counseling Services, also provide medication treatment for emotional concerns. For those times when a physician’s services are needed the Center will schedule an appointment for you to see either the medical doctor or nurse practitioner onsite.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can nurse practitioners write prescriptions?

Yes, Nurse Practitioners can write prescriptions for most medications. Please contact Health Services for questions related to any medication concerns.

How can I get prescriptions filled?

Please discuss your options at the time of your visit with Health Services 727-864-8326. A CVS Pharmacy and the Publix Pharmacy are within walking distance of campus.

How can I report a problem I've had with the Health Center?

If you encounter a problem with the Health Center, please speak to one of the Health Center staff. You may also address your concern with Trajana Thomas, Acting Director of Counseling Services and Staff Psychotherapist, who serves as the College’s liaison to the Health Center, or contact Bayfront Health at 727-381-3627 x50175. If you would like to report a comment or complaint anonymously, you may use our feedback form.

Rights

Confidential Services

Release of any information requires your written consent, including:

  • Alcohol / drug information
  • Allergy Shots
  • Diagnostic tests performed at our certified laboratory or sent to an outside facility
  • Eating disorder care / information
  • Evaluation & treatment of illness or injury
  • Flu Shots
  • Gynecological care
  • Health education programs
  • Immunizations
  • International travel advisory
  • Management of chronic disease / disability
  • Prescriptions delivered by local pharmacy
  • Minor procedures, (i.e. Wart removal)
  • Physical exams (sports, employment, etc.)
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Referrals to specialists as needed
  • Resting area available during office hours
  • Sexual health counseling
  • Sexually transmitted disease testing / treatment
  • X-ray, MRI, Mammogram referral to local facility

Patient Rights

You have the right:

  • To be treated with dignity and respect
  • To know the names and professional status of those serving you
  • To privacy
  • To confidentiality of information in your records
  • To receive accurate and understandable information about your health
  • To know the significant beneficial effects, side effects, and problems of treatment
  • To participate in choosing a form of treatment
  • To receive health education and counseling
  • To consent to, or refuse, any care or treatment
  • To select and/or change your health care provider
  • To review your medical records with a clinician
  • To be informed about services and any related costs
  • To receive appropriate referrals to other providers and services
Need off-campus medical care but don’t have a car? Use our voucher system to get transportation from Bat’s Taxi in St. Pete and have charges billed directly to your student account (E-bill). No cash needed. Pick up a voucher from the Health Center, Counseling Services, the Dean of Students Office, Campus Safety, or the Front Gate.

The voucher system is not designed to provide urgent or immediate care, so please plan accordingly when requesting a taxi voucher, as a wait may be required.

Health Insurance

Information regarding the student health insurance plan, administered by United Health Care, can be found on the Bursar’s student insurance website.  The student health insurance plan complies with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Health Services accepts most private health insurance plans, including United Health Care.  If you have any questions regarding your insurance coverage with Health Services, or what services are covered, you may call Health Services at 727.864.8326.

Fees

Most insurances are accepted including Eckerd College’s Health Plan. Fees are charged for all:

  • diagnostic tests
  • allergy injections
  • immunizations
  • medications
  • supplies
  • minor procedures
  • physical exams

Payment due at time of service may be paid by cash, personal check or added to your Student Account.