Students are encouraged to visit the Student Health Center if they have an illness or injury that they feel uncomfortable treating independently. A member of the USC Aiken nursing staff will talk with you, then develop and discuss a treatment plan for your illness and/or injury.
USC Aiken's Nurse Practitioners provide primary care for common health problems. A nurse practioner is a specially educated registered nurse who has received an advanced practice certificate or degree.
The Student Health Center staff also provides health promotion, health education, and disease prevention information for the campus. The coordinate activities to ensure the campus is up-to-date on all health issues confronting the campus and surrounding community.
Services received in the center are free of charge, prepaid as part of tuition. The center does provide a few specialty services for which there are nominal charges; these include, but may not be limited to, tuberculosis skin testing, immunizations, and selective health physicals.
Treatment of Serious Illnesses or Injuries
There are times when a student's illness or injury might be more serious than the SHC staff can handle. During these times the student will need to be referred to a community physician or hospital. For this reason students are encouraged to carry individual health insurance in order to assist with the referral process and financial burden.