Scope of Practice and Eligibility for Services

The role of the Weber State University Student Health Center (SHC) is to support student well-being by providing compassionate, professional, individualized, and cost-effective health care to our diverse student population.

SHC services are available to eligible students whose health concerns fall within our scope of practice. Although most services are provided free of charge, nominal fees do apply to some aspects of care. Our treatment model provides ambulatory medical care for basic illnesses and injuries, including the management of limited chronic health conditions. Eligible students may access SHC services for an unlimited number of visits. Those whose needs cannot be accommodated within our treatment model will be referred to community resources. Although SHC staff will do the best we can to assist students in accessing community resources, we are not case managers and are not responsible for ensuring that students follow up on referrals.

Eligibility for SHC Services

Students who are enrolled for the semester in which they are seeking SHC services are eligible for care. This includes students officially enrolled in the WSU Early College program who have documented consent for treatment signed by a parent/guardian. SHC patients of record may continue to access SHC services for a maximum of one semester following their most recent eligible semester, including post-graduation.

Due to limited university resources, certain groups of students are NOT eligible for SHC services. These include:

  • Lifelong-learning students
  • Individuals who have completely withdrawn for the semester are not considered currently enrolled and thus may be ineligible for services
  • Concurrent enrollment students, including NUAMES students who are not officially enrolled in the WSU Early College program
  • Individuals involved with certain programs affiliated with Weber State, such as Upward Bound and the Davis and Ogden/Weber Technical Colleges, are not considered Weber State students, and thus are not eligible for SHC services
  • Salaried employees of WSU, including those who are also enrolled as students, must pay a small fee to access SHC services. Employees are expected to utilize their medical benefits, not SHC, for their primary health care.
  • Domestic non-degree-seeking students (Note: International Exchange Visitors are eligible for services)

Medical Care and Limitations

We can help most students, but we are not a comprehensive health center. Some examples of the most commonly treated concerns are:

  • Cold symptoms: sore throat, nasal and/or chest congestion, earache
  • Digestive symptoms: nausea, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, heartburn
  • Allergies/asthma
  • Sexual concerns: contraception; STI testing, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Mild depression and anxiety
  • Skin conditions: warts, rashes, mild acne
  • Injuries: cuts and scrapes, sprains, musculoskeletal pain
  • Some limited chronic health concerns: hypothyroidism, hyperlipidemia, type II diabetes

Preventive Care and Testing

  • Limited immunizations: Flu and Tdap only
  • TB skin testing (PPD)
  • Physical examinations- Annual preventative and WSU programs requiring physicals
  • Women's health - Pap smear and breast exams
  • Blood draws for limited laboratory testing

Due to limitations in the SHC treatment model, we cannot provide for all healthcare needs. Certain medical services, documentation, or medications that require specialized training and/or those that would be time- or cost-prohibitive to offer at SHC are NOT available. They include but are not limited to:

  • Medical care related to motor vehicle accidents
  • Medical management of insulin-dependent diabetes
  • Treatment of chronic pain
  • Prescriptions for benzodiazepines, opioids, narcotics, or medical marijuana
    • These products also are not available for sale at the Student Pharmacy
  • Prescriptions for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • FMLA exams or paperwork
  • Evaluation, documentation, or medications for Attention-Deficit Disorders are addressed in the Counseling and Psychological Center
  • Letters for Emotional Support or Service Animals
  • Court-ordered evaluations for substance dependency
  • Physical exams required by entities other than WSU student programs, including pre-surgical physical exams
  • Fitness-for-duty exams
  • Prescriptions for transgender hormone therapy
  • Documentation required by state or federal agencies, such as the DMV or Social Security Disability

Denial of Service

In addition to the clinical limitations noted above, some other reasons why we may need to deny services and/or refer individuals to community resources include but are not limited to:

  • Inappropriate, harassing, menacing, threatening, or violent behaviors
  • Increased severity of condition beyond SHC scope of practice as determined by referal for specialty care
  • Psychiatric decompensation requiring mental health specialty care
  • Misuse of medications prescribed by SHC providers or other evidence of medication misuse
  • Unwillingness to provide accurate information sufficient for clinical assessment
  • Refusal to comply with required laboratory work or other testing
  • Repeated failure to show for scheduled appointments