When the KRC Student Health Clinic reopened this semester, students taking three or more credits who paid the student health clinic fee were eligible to be served for the first time.
In the past students were required to be part-time status, enrolled in at least six credits and they had to pay the health clinic fee.
According to Bill Howell, Student Services director, the change has allowed more students to access health services at a reasonable cost.
The expanded program will be evaluated at the end of the semester to see if the expected increase in clinic usage can be sustained.
The clinic's Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Kathy Becher, reports that there have been 127 patient visits over the first month of the semester.
Becher said she is seeing patients seen in past semesters who dropped out of eligibility when they dipped below the six credits previously required.
In an effort to make paying the health clinic fee and other college-related costs on campus more convenient, an automated student ID card reader has been installed.
Students are issued ID cards, called WOLFcards, that serve as library cards and have the capability of applying funds that are credited to student's university accounts.
The crediting process can be accomplished by inserting cash into the WOLFcard crediting station.
Students can also use credit cards to put credit on their WOLFcard by calling (907) 786-HOWL, providing their student ID number and credit card number.
Students can call toll free from telephones located throughout the campus.
Howell states that the clinic now uses the WOLFcard reader to verify students have paid the health clinic fee and are eligible for services.
Students can also now pay for antibiotics, lab, flu shots and procedure fees such as biopsy costs, at the point of care rather than going to the cashier in the bookstore.
The clinic offers urgent care and minor trauma treatment, women's health screenings, physicals, STD screenings, mental health screenings and referral and reduced rates for lab, x-ray and prescription medications.
There are no office visit fees charged for eligible students.
In addition to being a primary care site, paramedic students are using the clinic for their physical exams, blood titer testing and tuberculosis screenings necessary for admission into the program.
Nursing and education students are also utilizing the clinic for program-specific medical requirements.
The clinic is offering a combination flu vaccine that will provide protection from both the traditional, most recent strain of flu virus and the H1N1 form.
The vaccine is available to all KPC students (not dependent on having paid the student health clinic fee) and employees for $12.
The vaccine will be available throughout the flu season.
KPC team spirit is building in support of the UAA Seawolves who will play the University of Windsor Lancers at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.
Advance tickets are available for $10 at the KRC bookstore, Instant Replay and the Duck Inn.
Tickets will be available at the door for $12.
This article was provided by Suzie Kendrick, advancement programs manager at Kenai Peninsula College.
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