Range of Services
If you believe you are having (or another student is having) a medical emergency, call Campus Safety and Security at x4600 (641/269-4600 off campus).
Examples of medical emergencies include, but are not limited to:
loss of consciousness
These are only examples. If you believe the situation is a medical emergency, call for help immediately.
Unmanageable/Severe Physical Distress
If you are experiencing discomfort or symptoms which are difficult for you to manage, call Student Health and Counseling Services (SHACS). Our number is x3230 (641/269-3230 off campus).
If SHACS is open, tell the receptionist that you would like to see a nurse for an urgent care appointment.
If SHACS is closed, you are welcome to access our after-hours urgent/on-call consultation service. Just follow the message instructions and press 2 to speak to a nurse. Once you are connected, you will speak with a nurse who will ask you about your symptoms and situation, collaborate with you in developing a coping plan, and make recommendations regarding the type and timing of treatment you should pursue.
If you feel ill and/or have symptoms or physical issues which concern you, but your need is not of urgent or emergency proportions, there are two ways you can schedule an appointment to see a nurse:
Call SHACS, or
Use our OpenCommunicator site to schedule an appointment on line
If you are not sure if you need to see a nurse, call SHACS to speak to a nurse to consult about this by phone.
Sometimes you may injure yourself or feel ill during a period when SHACS is closed. If your symptoms are mild, you most likely will treat yourself with standard approaches to care, such as using throat lozenges for a sore throat; bandaging a cut; taking an over-the-counter analgesic for aches and pains; or getting extra sleep. If your symptoms persist, call SHACS to speak with a nurse.