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Health Clinic Saves Students Dollars

Student health clinic assistanceMinneapolis Community and Technical College's student health clinic provides a confidential and intimate setting for students to access preventative, primary care and mental health services while enabling students to save hundreds of dollars in healthcare costs. The clinic was a result of the College’s student body, Student Senate and College leadership working together to meet the needs of its students.

An outgrowth of the lack of access to quality and affordable healthcare for many students, the clinic provides a confidential and intimate setting for students to access preventative, primary care and mental health services. Open five days a week, the clinic responds to the individualized needs of the campus community and is located in MCTC’s new Helland Center where it’s easily accessible by all students.

When Human Services student Amy Bartholomew arrived at the clinic, she was having difficulty breathing due to severe asthma symptoms. “Despite my not having health insurance and the clinics busy schedule, they rushed me in and I was treated immediately,” said Amy. “The clinic team was caring, empathetic and generally concerned for my well-being. “ Following Amy’s visit, clinic staff contacted her to follow-up, going above and beyond traditional healthcare services. The clinic strives to be known for this type of care.

“The students we’re serving are representative of the rich diversity at the College,” said Jenny Swanson, RN, clinic manager. “We understand the comprehensive pressures students are facing, whether related to their general physical and mental health, economic or educational challenges or other pressures life can bring. Our goal is to be present with the students, establish strong relationships and meet their healthcare needs.”

Most healthcare services offered are available at no out-of-pocket cost to enrolled students. MCTC tuition includes a small health service fee, which pays for the on-campus healthcare services. Insurance is not required, but is accepted if available to help sustain the clinic. “Traditional services including routine preventative medical exams, acute care for minor injuries and common illnesses, testing, vaccines and mental health evaluation and referral are among the many services provided free at the clinic,” said Jenny. An uninsured student recently served saved nearly $2,000 by using the student health clinic when he fractured his ankle.”