You're probably not going to be totally drugged up like David after you visit your college's clinic or infirmary. That doesn't mean you shouldn't stop by if the flu is traveling through your dorm or if it's time for your yearly pap smear. Your parents aren't around to make doctor's appointments for you, so it's time to grow up and seek medical services from your school. You're paying for it anyway.
College of Charleston
Office of Student Health Services.
181 Calhoun St.
CofC offers both same-day and scheduled appointments, and the clinic, with a staff of about 20 full-time and part-time employees, sees 100-125 students per day. "All the physicians are board-certified, all the nurse practitioners and PAs are board certified, and we have only registered nurses. That's really rare in private practice," Jane Reno-Munro, director of student health services, says. Students play a flat fee for services that's included in their tuition, whether you use them or not (but you have unlimited visits to the clinic at no charge when you do). As students approach graduation, the clinic will start preparing them for the cut off in services. There's an abbreviated staff during the summer, and students in classes can use the services, while those who aren't can pay $30 for care all summer long. They also do a lot of travel medicine for students going abroad. Reno-Munro says that the most common problems they see aren't STDs, but upper respiratory problems, like colds and asthma, and the clinic's busiest time of year is flu season. "Call early," she says. "Sometimes those same-day appointments will fill up, especially during flu season, and they may have to wait to be seen." She promises the school is committed to providing the best college health.
Mary Bennett Murray Infirmary.
171 Moultrie St.
The Mary Bennett Murray Infirmary is open for cadets to make sick calls (i.e. walk in) from 6:30-11 a.m. and again from 12:30-2:30 p.m. (though they, for obvious reasons, would use military time). Outside of these hours, there's an acute care clinic staffed by nurses open late afternoons, nights, and weekends. Appointments can also be made for the general medicine, women's, sports, or orthopedic clinics. Cadets pay fees for medical services with their tuition, so these visits are all free, but special tests, X-rays, and the like can cost extra. There are also 35 in-patient beds for those who need them, with $10-$15 fees charged for linens and toiletries. One cool thing to note is the Citadel Courier provides free transportation off campus for students with medical specialist or dental appointments from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. We wish our school had done that.
Art Institute of Charleston
24 N. Market St.
The Art Institute is a small and mostly commuter campus, and it doesn't have the extensive services that you would be available at one of the larger local schools. The Student Affairs department, led by Robert Seay, is able to offer information about student medical insurance, medical and dental providers, emergency resources, annual flu clinics, and educational events related to healthy lifestyles. "Health insurance, although not required, is strongly recommended," Seay says, though it is required for international students. "Charleston has a wide variety of options related to healthcare that students can access, including clinics that do not charge or charge a reduced fee," he adds, and Ai can help point you in their direction when you need it.