Education and Policy
University Health Services is proud to partner with University College to offer an opportunity for pre-health professionals to explore health care. This 12-week course offers a didactic component within the classroom, where various licensed health-care professionals meet with the class each week. This is an opportunity to chat with a professional firsthand about their experiences in their field and what advice they would offer to students preparing for professional school(s). In addition, the enrolled students will have an opportunity to come to University Health Services and interact with professionals in an acute-care setting. There are numerous hands-on experiences offered like practicing injections, starting an IV, dressing a would, or suturing just to name a few!
If interested, students can enroll in UNIV 2511. For more information, please visit: https://universitycollege.okstate.edu/preprofessional/prehealth/index.html or contact Jessica Priddy-Bullock, M. Ed., Director, at 405-744-1389 or visit University College in the Student Union, room 040.
University Health recognizes that there is a prescription opioid epidemic and follows recommendations set forth by the American College Health Association (ACHA) to maximize safety and reduce the potential for abuse among Oklahoma State University students, faculty, and staff. At this time UHS providers:
- Avoid opioids whenever possible.
- Prescribe opioids for time-limited use only.
- Discuss the risks and dangers of opioid medications in detail with the patient.
- Prescribe opioids in low doses and small quantities, if at all.
- Establish treatment goals before beginning therapy of any kind.
- Recommend close follow-up dates for confirmed discontinuation.
- Screen for substance abuse, poorly-controlled depression, family history of substance abuse, concomitant use of benzodiazepines, and other major psychiatric disorders.
- Perform frequent checks of state prescription drug monitoring programs.
In addition, we also take the misuse of opiods very seriously. Precautions are taken to ensure that staff can respond to a potential opioid overdose. At this time UHS providers and/or nursing staff:
Stock no less than 2 doses of Narcan in the Trauma Cart that resides in the clinic.
- Ensure that staff is trained in the ability to manage the airway of an unconscious patient.
- Ensure that the health center clinical staff is adequately trained to provide intravenous fluid support.
- Work closely with OSU PD and LifeNet to facilitate our transport and emergency response.
We get many questions regarding students needing medication for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), or other learning disabilities in which medications may need to be prescribed. This document describes how University Health Services medical staff can provide safe and appropriate care for a student with these needs.
One option for a student to continue his or her medication for ADD/ADHD at OSU is for the student to present a valid prescription at either the UHS pharmacy or any other retail pharmacy in the area. Because the drugs used for ADD/ADHD are strictly controlled by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), there are at times difficulties that are encountered by students in getting their medication while not at home. If you choose to use a prescription from the physician who has been prescribing your medication, Oklahoma law mandates that it must be presented for filling within 30 days of being written. A prescription for these medications cannot be phoned into a pharmacy or be predated; a written, dated prescription is required. In addition, Oklahoma law dictates that these medications be written by a licensed physician and will not accept a nurse practitioner or physician assistant as a substitute.
If a student would like a UHS physician to be responsible for continuing an existing treatment plan, it is important to understand the guidelines adopted by the medical staff of UHS. These have been developed in conjunction with the Office of Student Disability Services and the OSU Counseling Services. These standards include: currency of testing, breadth of testing, and a clear definitive diagnosis consistent with testing results. A comprehensive adult diagnostic evaluation preformed within the previous four (4) years is required. This must include a clinical interview by qualified personnel as well as testing using accepted assessment devices, Without such comprehensive evaluations, the UHS staff cannot continue drug therapy. Possible examples of these tests include: BDEFS, CAARS, CPT-3, PAI, WAIS-IV, etc.
If a student is able to present to UHS with an adult evaluation, a diagnostic statement from the mental health professional who administered the testing, and a recommendation by the evaluator for a prescription as part of the treatment plan, it is likely that we will be able to continue the course of therapy recommended in the evaluation, after an appointment with a UHS provider.
If you have questions about accommodations for learning disabilities or ADD/ADHD, contact:
Student Disability Services
315 Student Union
If you have questions about being tested for ADD/ADHD contact:
Counseling & Counseling Psychology Clinic
111 PIO Building (405) 744-6980