Conveniently located, CHC is inside the Memorial Student Affairs Building (MSAB) in the middle of UNK's campus. Medical and mental health records are privileged communication and strict policies protect confidentiality. Information from records will not be released without written authorization from the student.

Eligibility for Counseling and Health Care Services: Services at Counseling and Health Care are available for students who are taking seven or more credits hours on campus and/or have paid the semester health fee. Students are required to present a photo ID to access the services of Counseling and Health Care.

Counseling Care

Phone: 865-8248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Memorial Student Affairs Building, South Hallway, Room 144

UNK's Counseling Care (formerly Counseling Center) provides personal counseling services intended to empower students in making healthy life choices for personal growth and academic success. The American Counseling Association Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice serve as a guide in its provision of services. Strict confidentiality is a core principle. Students who are currently enrolled at UNK may choose to benefit from Counseling Care's:

Psychiatrist on site: We are extremely pleased to announce that UNK students now have direct access to a psychiatrist, via referrals through UNK's Counseling & Health Care professional staff. Dr. Chanel Helgason, MD, psychiatrist, is on campus one day per month and available for office visits for students who have paid their semester health fee.

Personal Counseling Services: Counseling provides an opportunity to talk with a trained professional about personal concerns. Each semester's paid Counseling & Health Care fee covers all sessions. Beginning summer of 2007, a $5 fee will be charged for no shows. Services provide opportunities to explore oneself and different ways of approaching various individual situations. CHC's counselors enhance students' ability to become more successful at solving their own unique personal problems. Counseling may involve exploring relationship issues, stress, academic pressures, homesickness, depression, eating disorders, drug/alcohol abuse, anxiety, grief, sexuality issues (choices, pregnancy, and assault), addictions, and more.

Health Care

Phone: 865-8218
Hours: Health Care is available 8:30 to 3:30 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and 8:30 to 6:00 on Thursday
Location: Memorial Student Affairs Building, Northwest Door, Room 184

UNK's Health Care (formerly Student Health Services) has been serving students for more than 75 years. Fully licensed and qualified medical and nursing professionals are available to provide primary health care services for UNK students.

Pre-Enrollment Health Requirement Form: All new students, including transfer and graduate students, are required to complete this form (also available online). Students 19 and under need to have a parent's signature on this form.

The State of Nebraska requires that all students born after 1956 must provide the month, day, and year of two MMR (mumps, measles [rubeola], and rubella) vaccinations. Students may also prove immunity by presenting a rubeola antibody titer test result or documentation of physician diagnosed rubeola disease. Students must be in compliance with these requirements or they will not be permitted to register for classes.

UNK's CHC strongly recommends that all students living on campus be vaccinated for bacterial meningitis and influenza. Legislation has passed in the Nebraska Unicameral which requires the University of Nebraska System to provide parents and students with information about the meningitis vaccine. This information is received with the housing contract. Both vaccines for meningitis and influenza are available at UNK's Health Care.

It is federally required that international students and students determined to be at high risk receive tuberculin (TB) skin testing at UNK's Health Care upon arrival. A chest x-ray is done following a positive TB skin test reading.

Health Care Services: Registered nurses assess all students and schedule appointments with a nurse practitioner or physician as needed. Each semester's Health Care fee covers office visits with all Health Care clinic providers as well as minor procedures, treatments, and health education. Additional services are available at nominal fees and include:

Health Care contracts with physicians from a local primary care clinic for more complex procedures, laboratory, and radiology services. Students evaluated at Health Care and referred to the off-site medical clinic with a written memo will not be charged for the off-site office visit. Usual and customary charges apply for any procedures or diagnostic testing done at this clinic. Current health insurance information is needed to access these services at this clinic.

Health Insurance: All UNK students are expected to (international students will*) have health and accident insurance coverage. A health insurance plan** is available to all students enrolled in 7 or more credit hours per semester. Contact HC to obtain a plan brochure and application.

*International students are required to have health insurance and will be charged for the cost of the insurance plan unless the International Student Services office approves a waiver. The waiver is provided only when the student exhibits proof of current, acceptable coverage.

**Please note that the insurance coverage will not cover all costs. Students desiring complete coverage may carry a supplemental plan of their choice.

17 Mar 2009