Do I have to be a student at COS to use the Student  Health Center?

Yes, you must be a currently enrolled COS student. The Student Health Center is fully funded by our student health fees, and therefore, services can only be provided to those students.


Do I need an appointment to see a nurse?

Most services are provided on a drop-in basis.  Appointments are required for all hearing and vision screening, as well as TB skin test reading on the Hanford campus.


Do I need an appointment to see a mental health counselor

Yes. The first step is to come in during triage times at the Visalia Campus (posted on the psychological services page). Ongoing counseling sessions require an appointment. For Hanford and Tulare, contact DRAW (posted on the psychological services page) to schedule an appointment.


What is the cost to use the Health Center?

Most health services are free, covered by your student health fee.  An additional fee is charged for pregnancy tests, Tdap (Tetanus) and hepatitis B shots.


I don't have health insurance.  Where can I go if I am sick?

The Health Center can provide information about appropriate referrals if you need services beyond what can be provided by the nurses.


Does the Health Center provide health insurance?

We do not provide health insurance, however, we have information available upon request. What the student health fee does cover is the premium for accident insurance provided to all COS students injured while participating in a COS sponsored event (including classes).


Can I get an absence note from the Health Center?

The Health Center does not provide absence notes to instructors.  We can, however, provide proof that you have been to see a nurse in the Health Center.


Can I get a physical examination at the Health Center ?

Planned Parenthood no longer provides services at COS; however, you may contact them at 559.738.8763 for information.


Can I get prescription drugs at the Health Center?

The Health Center does not provide prescription drugs.





Last Updated: 8/28/2017 4:15 PM