If you have already paid your tuition to Salt Lake Community College, you should know that you have also paid for a number of programs and services, including health care.
Often underutilized by students, the Center for Health and Counseling provides medical care, mental health counseling, health education and massage therapy for enrolled students.
“Student success and retention is based on their health and wellness. If you aren’t feeling well, you aren’t going to go to class,” says Jessica Pettersson, the center’s health promotion manager. “We want students to see us as a one-stop shop.”
The Center for Health and Counseling is an incredibly affordable alternative for students needing to make a quick visit to the doctor’s office.
“Anything your general practitioner does, you can get here,” says Petterson.
For a $15 copay, students have access to services including blood work, immunizations, nutrition assessment, birth control, hormone testing, family planning, and wellness exams. If there is a lab test or other service not provided internally, the staff will help you find the cheapest option.
Possibly their best-known service is massage therapy. Until recently, the center offered a $10 promotional rate for first-time massage clients. This promotion ended July 1, when the standard $30 rate for a 60-minute massage was applied to first-time appointments as well.
As the name suggests, the Center for Health and Counseling is also an asset to any student looking to better manage personal stress or improve skills for lifelong learning.
“Students don’t use counseling as much as they could,” says TaSheea Swanenberg, a medical assistant at the South City Campus facility.
Another benefit for students is their low cost. For a one-hour session with a licensed clinical social worker — not students or interns — the cost is $15. Off campus, this type of service can be upwards of $100 and insurance typically doesn’t cover counseling services.
“I feel like a lot of people use their friends and family members for counseling,” says Pettersson. “The good thing about us is we are objective.”
To get started, call the Taylorsville Redwood Campus office at 801-957-4268 and make an appointment. You’ll be asked what you’re looking for and if you have a male or female preference, the front desk agent will then check for availability.
Insurance is not billed, but when you arrive, be sure to bring your student ID card.