What Happens When You Get Sick at the College of Charleston?

What Happens When You Get Sick at the College of Charleston?

It will happen.

One day you will trip on the bricks and skin your knee, a sick roommate will give you the flu or a strange rash may suddenly appear.

You will need to see a doctor.

Luckily, The College of Charleston’s fully staffed Students Health Services center is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Four doctors, several nurse practitioners and nurses are on hand to treat students who need everything from allergy shots to treatment for illnesses and infections. The complete list of their services can be found here.

How do I get treatment?

The best way is to make an appointment. Appointments can be made online here. The appointment schedule opens up at 9 P.M. weekday nights for next-day appointments. You can also drop in at the Student Health Service office to make an appointment in person, but keep in mind that appointments fill up quickly.

Students Health Services also set aside several appointments each day exclusively for urgent care cases. They can also make referrals for care they are not available to provide. Bridget McLernon Sykes, Student Health Services’ director and a nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, says it is important that students submit their immunization forms and their health records prior to treatment.

 Can I speak with someone about a health issue without going into the office?

Yes. If you have health questions, you can always call Student Health Services and speak to a nurse.

So what happens I get sick on the weekends?

There are a several urgent care centers located in the Greater Charleston area.  Most are open 7 days a week and accept walk-ins.

What if it is an emergency? 

If it is emergency that demand immediate attention, contact College of Charleston Public Safety/EMS at 843-953-5611. Or, simply dial 911 and tell the dispatcher you are on the College of Charleston campus and need help.

Does the College offer counseling and substance abuse help?

 Yes. Counseling and Substance Abuse Services is located on the third floor of the Robert Scott Small building. Appointments can be made by calling 843-953-5640.


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