What you should know about accessing care while at SU

Recommendations for students being prepared to access healthcare on their own

  • Insurance card or photo of the front and back in their phone
  • Learning basic information about health insurance, our broker created this video: https://student.jcbins.com/storage/app/public/Insurance_101.mp4
  • Determine if there is a nurse line or telehealth provider for your plan
  • Identify a local urgent care that is in-network for your health plan so if they are not feeling well and it is after-hours or the SHC does not have availability, they already have a plan.
  • Add SU Public Safety non-emergency line in the phone to be able to quickly ask for help, 206-296-6300 as well as the emergency line if the situation is more emergent, 206-296-5991.
  • First aid kit including a thermometer and medications you would commonly have on hand at home should be purchased to have on hand as a student.  This will allow for them to be able to care for themselves if/when sick.

Urgent Healthcare Options

Establishing with a provider for primary care

  • SU Student Health Center – For non-urgent health concerns, students can usually get an appointment within 1-2 weeks. Care provided by nurse practitioners with full prescriptive authority. There is not priority for urgent type visits given to students who are already established at the SHC; the same day appointments are filled by any student. 
  • SU is located in the middle of 3 major medical centers with many primary care providers within walking distance including Swedish Family Medicine and Polyclinic.
  • If your student was seeing a specialist back home, it is recommended that they establish themselves with a specialist in Seattle.  Their primary care physician and/or health care plan should be able to make recommendations.