Health Services Team
Health Services has a Nurse Practitioner, Melanie, two part-time Registered Nurses, Mary and Tonia, and an Office Manager, Tina, who are on site 9:00 to 4:30 Monday through Friday while school is in session. Melanie has a collaborating physician, Dr. Matthew Harrison, who she is able to contact if necessary.
We treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.
Students are encouraged to come to the Wellness Center for any issues. If you have questions about whether we can help you, stop by or give us a call. Most likely we will be able to help you, but if we can’t, we can direct you to a local family practice, Urgent Care or Emergency Room if necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Allergy symptoms
- Cold and sinus symptoms
- Eye symptoms
- Ear symptoms
- Sore throat
- Asthma, cough, bronchitis
- Rashes and dermatitis
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- IV replacement if needed
- Headaches and dizziness
- Urinary tract infections
- Neck pain, back pain, sprains and strains
- Insect bites and bee stings, cuts, abrasions, etc.
- Minor laceration repair (if occurred within previous 6 hours)
- Flu shots
**Please allow enough time to see us. Expect to be in the Wellness Center about an hour.
Visits to the Wellness Center are free of charge.
Laboratory tests that need to be sent out accrue a cost and are billed to the student either through self-pay, which will be charged to the student account, or through insurance.
If a student is referred outside the Wellness Center to a local family doctor, Urgent Care or Emergency Room, the student is responsible for payment of associated charges and possible co-pay. The student should bring all insurance information to the appointment/visit.
Each student must have medical insurance, either through a private insurance company plan or the insurance package offered through the College. Information regarding the school’s medical insurance with information on how to waive the insurance will be sent during the summer months from Student Financial Services.
All students are billed every year on their fall tuition bill for the school health insurance. If the student is starting in spring semester, he will be billed at a reduced rate for the spring semester.
All international students are required to keep the school-offered medical insurance.
For non-international students, in order to waive the school insurance, you will need to complete an on-line waiver each year and show evidence of coverage by a private policy that provides benefits in this area. You will be required to submit proof of insurance according to the directions from Student Financial Services.
To waive the school insurance click here.
Submitting your private insurance information on the Medical History Form DOES NOT constitute a waiver.
**Although visits to the Wellness Center are free, we do encourage the students to carry their insurance card with them in the event they need medical care outside the Wellness Center.
The student is responsible for obtaining his own transportation if he needs health services off campus. Often times a student is able to drive himself or has a friend who can take him. Other times a student may end up taking a taxi or calling Uber or in some cases, if necessary, an ambulance may need to be called.
We understand that this is a difficult issue for parents, but once a student reaches the age of 18, he or she has legal confidentiality rights to his or her medical information.
There is no form for a student to fill out for a release of his or her medical information. Instead, on a case-by-case basis, the student can give verbal permission to the nurse practitioner or nurse who can then talk to a parent or guardian regarding his or her illness or situation.
The student is encouraged to keep an open dialogue with his parents and we are happy to talk to any parent, but only with your son or daughter’s permission in each case.
Belmont Abbey College operates on the honor system, therefore the Wellness Center does not write medical excuses for students. Students must notify their professors themselves if they need to miss a class due to illness.
Showing results of a sickle cell screen is a requirement by the NCAA for all athletes and are needed for the Athletic Department.
Screening for sickle cell disease is commonly done as a newborn. The Athletic Training website lists various ways to see if you have already had testing done and how to obtain the results to upload to the Athletic Training website, otherwise, testing can be repeated if necessary, preferably when the athlete is getting his or her physical by his/her primary care physician prior to the start of school.
*All new freshmen and transfer athletes should upload their sickle cell results to the Athletic Training Department website.
The sickle cell test results should not be sent to the Wellness Center.
People with sickle cell trait are at a higher risk for heat-related illness/heat stroke. Knowledge of sickle cell trait status prior to sports participation does not disqualify the athlete from participation; it allows for simple precautions to help prevent complications.
“Sickle cell disease affects millions of people throughout the world and it is particularly common among people whose ancestors come from sub-Saharan Africa, Spanish-speaking regions in the Western Hemisphere (South America, Cuba, and Central America), Saudi Arabia, India, and Mediterranean countries such as Turkey, Greece, and Italy.”
Local Emergency Departments:
- Caromont Regional Medical Center- Gastonia
- 2525 Court Dr.
Gastonia, NC 28054
- Caromont Regional Medical Center- Mt. Holly (free-standing ER)
- 451 E. Charlotte, Ave.
Mt. Holly, NC 28210
Local Urgent Care:
- Atrium Health Urgent Care- Belmont
- 420 Park St., Suite 105
Belmont, NC 28012
- Open daily 8:00am-8:00pm
- Emergency/Ambulance/Fire: 911
- BAC Campus Safety: 704-400-6200
- Health & Counseling Services: 704-461-6877
- Poison Control of North Carolina: 1-800-848-6946
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
- Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255