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Sending your student off to college can be hard enough. At Cameron University Student Wellness Center, we don't want you to have to worry about your child receiving quality health care. We will strive to provide your child with all of the services they would get from their own hometown healthcare provider in a supportive, friendly, and understanding environment with employees who are very knowledgeable about what it takes to be a successful, healthy college student.

Our facility is conveniently located on the first floor of the North Shepler building.  Our healthcare providers consist of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners.  Your child's medical information will be protected in compliance with all applicable privacy and confidentiality laws.

Finally, if your student requires medical services not offered at CU, our staff can refer your aggie to qualified professionals within the Lawton community.

Health Insurance

We are pleased to offer a health insurance option to Cameron University students. Through Academic Health Plans, students who are taking six or more credit hours may enroll in a student health insurance plan. Students may also opt to enroll their spouse and children in the plan.

Details about coverage and cost are listed on the Academic Health Plans website (www.ahpcare.com/cameron), or you may wish to call Academic Health Plans directly at (888) 308-7320. If you are interested in receiving additional information in the mail, please email studentservices@cameron.edu or call (580)581-2244, and we will mail you a packet.

Please note that all international students attending Cameron are required to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan through Academic Health Plans. For information about this requirement or to request a waiver, please contact Marcella Gustafson at 580-591-8019.

Student Wellness Center

The Student Wellness Center, located on the first floor of North Shepler room 101, offers both acute medical care and mental health counseling for students at no charge. Contact the Student Wellness Center at 581-6725 if you are experiencing a medical condition that is interfering with your ability to attend class or a mental health condition that is interfering with your functioning in daily life.

Counseling:
Two licensed counselors are available to students enrolled in at least 6 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters or 3 hours in the summer. The counselors will meet with you to confidentially discuss your concerns and may be able to refer you to on or off campus resources that can help you to develop skills needed to decrease the current level of distress in order to be more successful.

Health Care:
The university offers acute medical care through the Student Wellness Center, located on the first floor of North Shepler. Care is available for students enrolled on the Lawton campus.

Additionally, through a partnership with the Southwest Oklahoma Family Medicine Clinic, full-time students with a valid ID are able to receive discounted health services. Eligibility for student discounts shall be limited to full-time Cameron students only and shall not apply to charges incurred by dependents of Cameron students.

Students are encouraged to seek medical attention at the Student Wellness Center or the Southwest Oklahoma Family Medicine Clinic for minor injuries and illnesses. Please use the Comanche County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) emergency room only for bona fide emergencies or for minor injuries and illnesses which require treatment during times when the other medical centers are closed.

The Southwest Oklahoma Family Medicine Clinic
Located at 1202 NW Arlington and can be contacted at (580) 248-2288. CCMH is located immediately north of the Cameron University campus.

Importance of Health Insurance

Many college students risk going without health coverage because they believe they're young, in good health, and relatively safe from illness. But having access to health care when you need it is important at any age. Sometimes parents can't afford to insure their grown children. Because of this, many young adults go off to college without any medical coverage or insurance. Some don't think it's really that big of a deal. They think that they're too young to worry about illness. Unfortunately, there are some illnesses that occur in a person regardless of age. Not only that, but college students can be involved in accidents as well.

Parent's "To Do" List

The student conversion into college can sometimes be challenging. However, there are several things you can do to foster a smooth transition for your new aggies.

See if your student has received the immunizations recommended for incoming students. If they haven't, decide if you want them to get additional immunizations.

Review your insurance plan with your son or daughter. Most
students are not familiar with their insurance policy or how it works. Be certain to give them copies of their medical, prescription drug, dental, and/or vision insurance cards. Parents should also take the time to explain the difference between in-network and out-of-network care.  Be certain your student knows about any seasonal, food, or drug allergies, as well as their personal and family medical histories. They will need to be able to provide this information to healthcare providers.

Let them know to go to the SW Oklahoma Family Medicine (SWOFM) for ongoing prescription medicine . Make life simple for your student by transferring their current and ongoing prescriptions to the SWOFM. Make sure they know the importance of planning ahead for refills or renewals so they don't run out of medication and give them a list of contact information for healthcare providers who prescribe any of their medications. If you would like more information regarding SWOFM please visit:
http://www.oumedicine.com/familymedicine/academic-information/residency-information/lawton-residency-program                       

Provide your child with a small first-aid and over-the-counter medications kit. Items can include but are not limited to band-aids, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide solution, cotton swabs, gauze, Tylenol or Ibuprofen, antibiotic cream such as Neosporin, thermometer, and cough drops or throat lozenges. Students should also have plenty of contact solution, extra pairs of contacts, and a back-up pair of glasses.

Contact Information

Student Wellness Center
North Shepler, Room 101
2800 W. Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73505
Ph (580)581-6725
Fax (580)581-6733
Director Jill Melrose
jmelrose@cameron.edu
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