Health Services

http://www.towson.edu/healthcenter

Health Center at Ward & West, 410-704-2466

The Towson University Health Center at Ward & West offers primary care services to all registered students. All currently enrolled students are eligible to use our services. Students who have graduated may use our services for one academic term after they graduate (e.g. summer term for May graduates, January term for December graduates, etc.). The Health Center is open Monday–Friday throughout the year with the exception of university holidays. Clinic hours are 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Health Center has an experienced staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and health educators. Services include treatment of common illness and injuries, a full range of sexual health services (including women’s health, birth control, STD and HIV testing), immunization and allergy shot administration, office lab tests, and a limited formulary of prescription and some over-the-counter medication. We also provide acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and health education programs and services.

New students must log in to use our secure student web portal at http://Tigerhealth.towson.edu to download  the mandatory Pre-Entrance Immunization form and complete other required forms. Students can also use the web portal to schedule appointments, communicate with their medical provider and request prescription refills. They can obtain copies of their bills and check their compliance with immunization requirements  from the web portal.

If a student becomes ill or injured after hours or on a weekend, we have an After Hours Nurse Advice Line: 410-704-2466. If you need urgent care after hours, there are several free-standing urgent care centers in the Towson area. See our website for more information about our services, resources in the community and special events: www.towson.edu/healthcenter.

Although health insurance is not required to use the Health Center, we strongly recommend for all students have health insurance to avoid large, unexpected medical bills. Towson sponsors an excellent student insurance plan at reasonable cost that covers most Health Center services as well as prescription medications, diagnostic X-rays, lab tests, specialty referrals and hospitalization. For more information about this plan see our website and click on Student Health Insurance.

If you have private insurance, we can bill your insurance directly for office visits and other medical services provided in the Health Center. We are currently participating (“preferred providers”) with several large commercial insurance plans and medicaid managed care plans. If you wish to use your insurance please be sure to bring your insurance card each time you come to the Health Center. More information about using your insurance in our facility and an updated list of plans we are contracted with as preferred providers, go to our webpage and click on Using Your Private Insurance.

For students who choose not to use their insurance or who are uninsured, we will bill you directly for services. All charges may be paid by check, TU OneCard (retail points) or billed to your TU tuition account through the bursar’s office.

Immunization Requirements

The Health Center’s priority is to keep our students and campus community healthy. All students taking classes on the main TU campus or at any of our affiliated campus locations (Northeastern, Shady Grove, Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, HEAT and Hagerstown) are required to meet the university’s  Immunization and Tuberculosis screening requirements. 

Please follow the instructions:

  1. Go to the secure patient web portal - http://TigerHealth.towson.edu
  2.  Log in with your Towson NetID and password.
  3. Click on the Forms link on the left hand side to learn about the required online forms that you must complete.
  4. You must download the printable immunization form and take it to your health care provider to complete and sign. Bring any childhood or school immunization records you have to your healthcare provider to help her/him complete our immunization form. The form MUST be signed by your provider. If you have NOT gotten any of the required immunizations or are unable to obtain the records, make an appointment at the Health Center to obtain the immunizations here. Appointments can be scheduled online or by calling 410-704-2466.

  5. U.S. citizen students and permanent resident students must also complete the online tuberculosis risk screening questionnaire. Follow the instructions on that form. If you are required to obtain TB testing, download the TB test form and take that form to your health care provider to complete.

  6. International students must be tested for tuberculosis at the  Health Center upon arrival on campus. Contact us at 410-704-2466 to make an appointment, or book the appointment online via the secure patient web portal: http://Tigerhealth.towson.edu.

PLEASE NOTE: Failure to meet the university’s mandatory immunization and tuberculosis screening requirements in a timely manner will prevent your access to class scheduling.

Keep a copy of both the immunization record and, if applicable, the tuberculosis testing form, and return the originals by mail, fax or email to:

Towson University Health Center
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001
Fax: 410-704-3715
immunizations@towson.edu

Required Immunizations

Students may obtain all required vaccines (MMR, Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis, Meningitis vaccine), blood titers, and tuberculosis testing by appointment at the Health Center, 410-704-2466. Charges will be billed to your tuition account or your private insurance.

Students moving into campus housing must be immunized against meningococcal meningitis or sign a waiver that is part of the housing contract. The vaccine is strongly recommended for all students living in group housing whether you live on or off campus. If you received your initial dose before age 16, a booster is recommended as immunity wanes. The vaccine is available at the Health Center. 

Towson University Medical Excuse Policy

The Health Center does not give medical excuses for short-term absence (less than five days) due to illness or injury. Verification of care will be given for people treated at the Health Center which does not constitute a medical excuse. For students whose medical condition results in longer-term absence, the Health Center notifies the vice president of Student Affairs, who then notifies the student’s professors. However, this notification does not excuse the absence. Students must also contact their professors and make arrangements for makeup work. Letters of support for students requesting a medical withdrawal from all classes or a selective medical withdrawal from a single class are given at the discretion of the treating provider, and only if the student was treated at the Health Center for the condition. No medical information will be given to any professor or administrative office without written consent of the student.

Treatment of athletic injuries is provided to intercollegiate athletes at the Towson Center Training Room by a staff of athletic trainers under the supervision of a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and a sports medicine physician.