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Health and Counseling

The Student Health Service and Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services are located in the Robert E. Tranquada Student Services Center, which is in front of Honnold Library. Both services are open each semester when classes are in session.

Student Health Service

The Student Health Service stresses preventative medicine and health awareness. Consultation and outpatient treatment by the physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses are available to students by appointment at no charge. There are minimal charges for walk-in visits, medications, x-rays, laboratory tests, special procedures and supplies. These charges do not have to be paid for at the time of service. Referral for subspecialty consultation, hospitalization and surgery can be arranged by the Student Health Service but will not be financed by the College—payment is the student’s responsibility.

All students must have a health history and entrance physical on file to use the services. These forms are required for initial admission to Pomona College as a first year or transfer student. Forms completed by a family member/relative who is an M.D./nurse practitioner will not be accepted. All students’ records are confidential. Medical records are not made available to anyone without the student’s permission. The Student Health Service maintains a Website where more information about medical services can be accessed at www.cuc.claremont.edu/shs.

Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services

Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services helps students with personal and emotional problems. The Center provides brief individual therapy, medication evaluation, group therapy and referrals to other mental health resources. Workshops and groups are offered on topics such as sexual abuse, eating disorders, relationship issues, stress management, grief and self-esteem issues. Students who have personal concerns, psychological or emotional distress or who simply wish to talk with someone are welcome. There is no charge for the services of psychologists or a consulting psychiatrist at the center. It is understood that a relationship formed with the center is confidential.

The College does not assume responsibility for medical or psychological care of its students beyond the capacity of its health and counseling facilities. A student accident and sickness medical-expense insurance plan is available to students for purchase through the Claremont University Consortium (CUC). Effective fall 2008, all incoming students are automatically enrolled in the CUC Student Health Insurance Plan. Students may waive out of the plan by submitting proof of comparable insurance. International students are required to purchase the CUC plan. Designed to supplement the care provided by the health and counseling services, the CUC Student Health Insurance Plan includes benefits for psychological services, accidental injuries, hospitalization, surgery, doctor visits in the hospital, emergency care and ambulance services. Premiums for coverage are listed in an insurance-plan brochure mailed to each student. Information is also available from the Student Health Service.

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