General Health Services Questions
Can I come to Health Services if I’m an employee?
All students, faculty, staff, and their dependents are welcome to utilize Health Services.
Can I come to Health Services if I don’t have Voluntary SHIP?
Health Services accepts almost all insurance plans. Please check with our Health Insurance and Billing office to discuss any questions about coverage. Learn more about insurance and coverage here.
Are the providers students or licensed practitioners?
- Medical Services is staffed by licensed physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses. Students in health-care professional training programs are occasionally involved in the care you receive at Health Services. Students are clearly identified as such and you will be given the choice whether or not to have a student involved in your care. All care is directly supervised and double-checked by our licensed providers.
- Counseling Service is staffed by licensed psychologists, counselors, and social workers. We regularly have students from counseling and social work mental health educational programs doing their practicum experiences in our professional training program. Students are clearly identified, are directly supervised by licensed providers, and you will be given the choices whether or not to have a student involved in your care.
What shots or vaccines do I need in order to attend Boise State University?
The State of Idaho does not require vaccines for students attending public universities or colleges, at this time. Health Services highly recommends the following vaccines, however:
- Meningitis vaccine (at least one dose AFTER age 16).
- Influenza (“flu shot”) vaccine YEARLY after October 1st.
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella combination vaccine (“MMR”)–two doses in childhood or adolescence.
Will the information about my visits to Health Services be shared with my parents?
Federal regulations require you to sign a Release of Information, in most cases, in order for us to share any of your private health information with someone else. Please inquire if you are interested in more information or would like to complete a Release of Information form.
Does a Power of Attorney give me access to my student's medical/mental health records, or do I need a Release of Information?
A Power of Attorney is helpful when a student is unable to speak for themselves and make decisions about their care. A Release of Information is a more specific document the student signs to give another person or entity permission to discuss their care with a healthcare professional, or access their patient records. Neither of these documents take the place of the other. There are a few exceptions to this, such as an emergency, so please contact the clinic for further information.