The Health Center
The Health Center at Georgian Court University exists to assist students in maintaining optimal health. Staffed with registered nurses and a part-time physician, we offer free confidential health care to all students at GCU. No appointment is necessary to visit our facility, conveniently located in the Casino.
Health Care for GCU Students
In addition to treating minor illnesses and health issues, we aim to educate students on disease prevention and wellness. Through health counseling, screenings, and wellness programs, we are here to help you attain a healthy lifestyle. If you have a more serious health issue that we do not treat, we can refer you to specialists and hospitals for further treatment. Click here (PDF file) to view the GCU Health Services Privacy Notice.
The Health Center offers the following services:
- treatment of minor illnesses and conditions
- interim care of those with chronic illnesses
- first aid and care of minor injuries (all injuries should be reported promptly to the Office of Health Services)
- lab testing
- referrals to area hospitals and specialists, as needed
Student Health Insurance
Georgian Court University will not offer a student health insurance plan for the 2019-2020 academic year. The federal government has established health insurance exchanges that continue to allow families and individuals, who need health insurance to compare coverages and related costs among a variety of insurance companies. The Patient Portability and Affordability care Act (PPACA) also requires employer plans to continue to provide dependent coverage to their employee’s dependents until the age of 26. In addition, Medicaid eligibility has been expanded in many states including New Jersey. Please visit your state’s healthcare exchange to determine if you are eligible for Medicaid coverage.
Students need to determine if they are eligible for dependent coverage under their parent’s health insurance plan and/or access health insurance exchanges in your state. Students are encouraged to visit https://www.healthcare.gov to learn about health insurance options. However, the debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and US health care reform continues.
It is Georgian Court University’s policy that all international students maintain health insurance coverage while attending GCU. As an international student, it is your responsibility to enroll in a health insurance plan that will cover the costs of prescriptions and medical treatment(s) while studying in the U.S. While many countries bear the expense of health insurance for their residents, individuals in the U.S. are responsible for these expenses themselves. All international students are required to have health care coverage that can be utilized in the United States while studying at GCU thus potentially mitigating some of the costs associated with health care related expenses.
In accordance with the mandate that all international students maintain adequate health insurance coverage while attending Georgian Court University, GCU has arranged with PGH Global, a United Health Group company, to provide a plan for international students for their convenience. Coverage, premium, and enrollment information can be downloaded here (PDF file). ( see attachment: policy)
It is the sole responsibility of the international student to provide proof of health insurance coverage, comparable to the requirements outlined in the Federal Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (PPACA), to the Bursar’s Office by August 27, 2019. Failure to provide proof of PPACA comparable health insurance prior to August 27, 2019 will result in a “hold” placed on your account which will limit your access and/or result in deregistration from all courses. Deregistration from classes may also result in dismissal from campus housing. GCU strictly enforces this policy in the interest of the well-being of all students attending the University.
***GCU is not the policyholder for this policy and has no relationship to the policyholder. The policyholder is International Health Consortium SP.
Student Immunization & Document Requirements
All students are required to complete a Student Health Form and provide documentation of immunizations before attending class and/or moving into residence halls. Failure to comply will result in a hold on your account and inability to access your grades or register for future classes.
Georgian Court University requires the following:
- Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR): Two doses
First dose given after 1968 and on or after 12 months of age; second dose separated at least by 28 days from the first dose or laboratory report indicating positive immunity
- Hepatitis B: (Full Time Undergraduate and Graduate students taking 9 or more credits)
Three doses of vaccine (two doses of adult vaccine in adolescents 11 to 15 years of age)/or laboratory report indicating positive immunity
- Meningococcal tetravalent (must include Groups A, C, W, & Y-135) Requirement for all first time students under the age of 19 (Commuters & Residents) and Resident students over the age of 19.
Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine given on or after 16th birthday. Booster dose required if given prior to 16th birthday.
- Verification of negative Tuberculosis (Mantoux) test, Quantiferon Gold-TB test, or chest X-ray is required of all resident and international students within 6 months of admission.
Georgian Court University highly recommends the following immunizations:
- Meningococcal B (Men B)
You may still be at risk for type B which causes 60% of the meningitis cases of young adults in the US under the age of 25. Therefore, to help ensure that you are protected against meningococcal disease, it is important that you contact your healthcare provider to discuss vaccination against meningitis type B. Here are some facts to help you better understand meningitis.
- Risk: Meningococcal disease is spread through close contact with an infected person or prolonged close contact with respiratory secretions. College students are at an increased risk for meningococcal disease, compared with the general population, because of their close-quarter living, learning and social environments. Certain lifestyle factors such as bar patronage, active or passive smoking, kissing, sneezing, coughing, and sharing of personal items (cups, utensils, toothbrushes, cigarettes, lipsticks, water bottles) increase the risk of contracting the disease. Almost 1 on 4 adults are carriers of the bacteria and show no symptoms but can still potentially spread the infection to others, making it difficult to predict who will show signs of the disease.
- Seriousness: Meningococcal disease progresses very rapidly and can cause life-threatening complications within 24 hours. If not treated early, 10% of meningococcal disease cases result in death, 60% of patients experience permanent, significant physical and/or mental disabilities such as brain damage, loss of hearing, or amputation of limbs. Meningococcal disease can be easily misdiagnosed because early symptoms often resemble the flu. Later symptoms can include high fever, headache, stiff neck, rash, nausea, vomiting, lethargy, and confusion.
- Prevention: Vaccination is the best way to help prevent meningococcal disease, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College Health Association. There are 5 common types of bacteria that cause meningitis in the US: A, C, Y, W and B. Until 2014, there were no vaccines to help protect against meningococcal group B.
- TDAP- Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis: 1 dose given after 2005 and a tetanus booster (td) every 10 years.
- Varicella (Chicken Pox): 2 doses
Becoming a Resident Student if you were a Commuter
Commuter students who would like to become resident students MUST provide additional immunization information to Health Services prior to moving into the residence halls. Commuters who wish to be residents must provide PROOF OF MENINGITIS VACCINE GIVEN ON/AFTER 16TH BIRTHDAY, AND MUST INCLUDE GROUPS A, C, Y & W-135, AS WELL AS TB TESTING, WHICH WAS COMPLETED NO EARLIER THAN 6 MONTHS PRIOR TO MOVE IN DATE. Each student must be cleared by Health Services before moving into the dorms, and Health Services clearance includes several steps. Health Services forms and filing dates are located here. If you have questions, please contact Health Services at 732-987-2756.