- Are students required to have a PHYSICAL EXAM every year?
No. A physical exam is only required for newly admitted freshmen and transfer students. Please note: nNew requirement for 2013 - All varsity athletes (returning and new) are required to have a physical exam dated within 6 months prior to the first day of practice. Physical exam forms and other required health forms may be downloaded from the Wheaton Health & Wellness website.
- What IMMUNIZATIONS are REQUIRED for admission to Wheaton?
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires that all students attending a post-secondary institution must present documentation of the following immunizations:
- Tdap (Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis) - 1 dose within the last 10 years
- Hepatitis B - 3 dose series or positive titer proving immunity
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) - 2 doses or positive titer proving immunity
- Varicella (Chicken pox) - 2 doses or positive titer proving immunity or physician confirmation of history of disease
- Meningococcal (Meningitis) - optional but strongly recommended. If vaccinated with Menomune (MPSV) more than 5 years ago, the CDC recommends re-vaccination. For those who received Menactra (MCV), a booster is not required.
The vaccine administration record and other required health forms may be downloaded from the Health & Wellness website.
- What should I do if my son/daughter has not been vaccinated because IMMUNIZATIONS are medically CONTRAINDICATED or immunizations are contraindicated based on our religious beliefs?
Please complete either a Medical Exemption form or Religious Exemption form available online or by contacting Cynthia Maricle, RN, Student Health Services Coordinator, at 508-286-8210.
- Are MEDICAL INFORMATION RELEASE FORMS available for my daughter/son to sign which would allow me to access his/her medical records at Norton Medical Center/student health center?
Yes. Please contact Cynthia Maricle, RN, Student Health Services Coordinator, at 508-286-8210 to request a release for your son/daughter to sign and return. Please note: This release is only in effect for medical information generated from visits to Norton Medical Center, the on-campus health center. Remember, if your son or daughter is over age 18, privacy laws prevent Norton Medical Center healthcare providers from sharing medical information with you unless your son/daughter has signed a release.
- Where is NORTON MEDICAL CENTER, the student health center, located and how does my son/daughter go about seeing a health care provider?
Norton Medical Center (NMC), located next to the Wheaton bookstore, is Wheaton's designated on-campus health center and provides routine medical care to all Wheaton students regardless of health insurance plan. NMC is not a walk-in clinic; students must call 508-286-5400 to schedule a same day appointment. Hours of operation are M - F from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. All Wheaton students, regardless of their health insurance plan (Wheaton's or personal), are seen free of charge at NMC; there is no cost and no co-pay for an office visit. Any associated labwork, procedures, treatments, and/or prescriptions will be billed to your son/daughter's health insurance and your daughter/son will be responsible for any deductibles or co-pays incurred.
- If my son/daughter is unable to be seen at NMC, are there OTHER HEALTH CLINICS nearby?
Yes, there are several walk-in health clinics neaby
CVS MINUTE CLINIC
West Main Street
Bring insurance card, picture ID, and copayment. Currently not providers for MA Blue Cross Blue Shield; call to confirm accepted insurance plans.
MANSFIELD WALK-IN HEALTH CENTER
200 Copeland Drive
Bring picture ID, insurance card, co-payment, and, if you belong to an HMO, a referral.
ROUTE 44 MEDICAL WALK-IN (True-Med Walk-In)
106 Route 44
Bring insurance card, picture ID, and copayment. Insurance not accepted for physical exams.
ARMISTICE URGENT CARE
209 Armistice Blvd.
Physical exams available. Bring insurance card, picture ID, and copayment.
COMPASS MEDICAL URGENT CARE
21 Bristol Drive
Bring insurance card, picture ID, and copayment.
- What if my daughter/son needs health care when NMC is CLOSED or needs emergency care?
If your son/daughter becomes ill after NMC has closed for the day, he/she may call 508-286-5400/5401, leave a message with the answering service, and the doctor-on-call will promptly return the call to recommend the best next step. For emergency situations any time of day, students should contact Wheaton Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or dial 911.
- Is there an INFIMARY on campus?
No, there is no traditional overnight infirmary.
- What if my son/daughter needs TRANSPORTATION to the Emergency Room or to an off-campus medical appointment?
For emergency room visits, Wheaton Public Safety (508-286-5051) provides transportation to and from Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, 12 minutes from campus. If required, Norton EMS will be contacted.
For transportation to off-campus medical appointments, taxi vouchers in lieu of cash in the cab are available using the Taunton Checker Cab, Co. (508-8822-7313). If your student chooses to use a voucher, the full cost of the fare will be charged to his/her Wheaton account. If no voucher is used, your student will pay cash directly to the driver.
To reserve a taxi using a voucher:
- Schedule the off-campus medical appointment.
- Call Taunton Checker Cab Company at 508-824-5831 at least 48 hours prior to the medical appointment. Identify yourself as a Wheaton student.
- Indicate a pick-up spot: the Bookstore or the Slype (archway) on Howard Street. In the unlikely event that the taxi is delayed, consider adding approximately 15 minutes to the reservation time.
- Obtain 2 signed taxi vouchers (one for each leg of your trip) from Public Safety (24/7) or Cynthia Maricle, Student Health Services Coordinator, at Norton Medical Center (9 AM to 4:30 PM, M - F).
- Present the signed taxi voucher and your Wheaton ID to the taxi driver at the time of pick-up.
- After your appointment, call Taunton Checker Cab to schedule a return trip to campus.
- If your student chooses to use a voucher, the total cost of the fare will be charged to her/his student account.
- PLEASE NOTE: Approximate one-way charges:
Sturdy Hospital - $20
Marathon Physical Therapy - $20
Dentists on Rt. 123 - $20
N. Taunton (Bay Street, Northwoods) - $20
Mansfield Health Center - $30
N. Attleboro - $30
Brockton (West side) - $50
MGH Foxboro - $50
If you have questions or are unable to pay the cost of a taxi for transportation to a medical appointment, you may request an exception by contacting Cynthia Maricle, Student Health Services Coordinator, at 508-286-8210.
- What if my daughter/son's primary care physician would like to order BLOOD WORK?
Walk-in laboratory facilities are available at Norton Medical Center Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Before your son/daughter arrives to have blood work drawn, please fax the physician's orders and documentation to Cynthia Maricle, RN, Student Health Services Coordinator, at 508-286-5409.
- Are ALLERGY SHOTS available at the health center on campus?
No, Norton Medical Center does not administer allergy shots but the following allergists are located nearby:
1. ALLERGY & ASTHMA SPECIALISTS
550 N Main Street
2. DONALD ACCETTA, MD
2007 Bay Street, Suite 101
3. AAP ASTHMA & ALLERGY PHYSICIANS
35 Summer Street
Contact each office to confirm whether serum from your daughter/son's present/previous allergist is acceptable. Check with your insurance company regarding coverage for specialists and whether there are any charges or deductibles which are not covered by your health plan. At the time of each office visit, your son/daughter will be asked for insurance information and a co-payment. She/he will also be required to remain in the allergist's office for 30 minutes after receiving your allergy injection.
- My daughter/son is covered under my personal HEALTH INSURANCE plan. Do I need to enroll in the health insurance plan offered by Wheaton?
Massachusetts law requires that your son/daughter's health insurance be equivalent to or better than the state's minimum standards. If your daughter/son currently has coverage, it is his/her responsibility to determine that it meets or exceeds the coverage available through the health insurance plan available through Wheaton. Please refer to the Health & Wellness website for more information regarding waiving or enrolling in the plans offered by Wheaton and important information regarding the Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan (major medical) or Accident Only Insurance Plan (secondary plan especially designed for varsity athletes).
- Whom should I contact with QUESTIONS regarding Norton Medical Center, health insurance, or available health care options?
Call the Office of Health & Wellness at 508-286-8210 to speak with Cynthia Maricle, Student Health Services Coordinator, at Norton Medical Center (NMC). She is available to answer specific questions regarding NMC, as well as concerns you may have regarding your health insurance coverage, on- and off-campus options for health care, and other health related issues.