Your health and well-being are a priority at Loras. Our student health services provide medical care and counseling to all enrolled students. In addition, the campus public safety office helps ensure a secure campus environment. By caring for your health and safety, Loras enables you to thrive academically and socially.
We provide health care and education to the campus community in a caring, cost-effective, and convenient way, endorsing behaviors that support your total wellness, including the physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, and environmental aspects of health.
A professional registered nurse will assess and offer treatment, provide over-the-counter medications, or a referral to another health care provider, if necessary. Most services are available at no charge to Loras students.
Health Forms & Immunizations
As part of our commitment to health and wellness, we want to protect students against communicable diseases.
Complete the health history form and attach a copy of your vaccine record. The Loras College Health Center will also accept this information via mail, fax, or email.
While we only require two MMR immunizations, we highly recommend immunization for meningitis. Talk to your physician about the benefits of receiving the vaccination.
All visits and records kept by the Health Center are confidential. Parents of patients eighteen years and older, parents or spouses of emancipated minors, and other next of kin will not have access to the medical record without student permission.
Health Center FAQ
Common Health Center Services
- Health goals, wellness, nutrition, and stress discussions
- Assessment and care for injuries and illnesses
- Over-the-counter medications
- Annual flu shot clinics (insurance or cash payment)
- Coordination with healthcare providers
When a student is absent from class it is their responsibility to communicate with their professor. The student should follow the requirements of the professor regarding the missed coursework. Penalties for absenteeism depend upon the professor’s policy and discretion as outlined in their course syllabi.
Written notification from a healthcare provider excusing a student from class due to illness, injury, or hospitalization may be required. This documentation may be emailed, faxed, or brought to the Health Center.
Student Health Insurance
We are concerned about the health of all students who attend Loras. You are strongly encouraged to have health insurance. Loras does not sponsor a specific insurance plan for domestic students.
All international students are required to have health insurance either designated by Loras College or your home embassy.
The Loras College Health Center will enroll students into a health insurance plan if one is not designated. The plan fee will be placed onto your Loras student account.
It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Health Center prior to each semester. We will re-enroll the student into the health insurance plan designated by the college or review proof of insurance provided by your home embassy.
Get Your Loras Immunization Record?
You may request a copy of your immunization record on file. Fax, mail, or email a written request to the Health Center.
- Include your name, date of birth, phone number and last semester attending Loras.
Our counseling services provide a safe place for you to work through emotional issues that may impede your ability to succeed academically. Services assist in helping students grow emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually.
Common Counseling Topics
- Anger management
- Drug/alcohol abuse prevention
- Eating disorders
- Grief and loss
- Traumatic events
- Sexual harassment/assault
- Learning disabilities
- Career counseling
- Study/testing skills
- Myers-Briggs type indicator
Support is offered through individual psychotherapy, group counseling, crisis management, outreach, and consultation to students. When off-campus expertise or psychiatric assistance is needed, counselors will assist students with the referral process.
Health Center FAQ
Q: What types of issues are commonly seen?
Students often come to the counseling center to help them deal with things that are interfering with their ability to be successful in college. Common issues include anxiety, depression, issues of adjustment, grief and loss, family problems, relationship issues, eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, learning differences, stress, and more.
Q: How do I know if my student needs counseling?
Students can benefit from counseling if the stress they are experiencing is making it difficult for them to perform academically, socially, emotionally, physically or if they are considering leaving Loras.
Q: Will anyone find out if my student receives counseling?
If the student is not a risk to themselves or others, no one will know that the student has been to counseling, without the student’s permission.
Q: Will parents be notified with concerns about my student?
Because students are usually eighteen years or older, parents are not contacted without a release of information from the student.
Q: How much does counseling cost?
Counseling services are free to students. If a referral is given for outside services, students may need to use their insurance or pay out of pocket.
Q: How do I know if counseling can help my student?
Counseling provides a safe place for students to process issues with a professional and plan going forward to minimize stress. Sessions typically last about fifty minutes. Sessions can be held once or ongoing throughout the academic year.
The best way to know whether counseling is appropriate for a student is to have them make an appointment.