Student Health Services

Student Health Services provides health care to Saint Michael’s undergraduate and international students, and referral services for graduate students. Our staff includes registered nurses and nurse practitioners. In addition to providing individualized health care, we also teach health education and wellness on a one-to-one basis and through campus-wide programming. We encourage students to take responsibility for their own health by providing health information and knowledge of care options.

All incoming first-year and transfer students are required to submit a health history and immunization form. Please download and fill out the Health History form and the Immunization form.

The Student Health Center is available during the semester on an appointment basis with same day appointments available. All appointments are confidential, and you don’t need to disclose anything over the phone.

Call us at 802.654.2234 for more information or to schedule a visit.

Services

Special Services

Women’s Health Services: We offer complete gynecological exams for both routine and problem visits. We provide comprehensive testing, counseling, treatment and referral for all issues.

Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing: Students with questions, concerns or problems are invited to come to Student Health Services for information, testing, counseling and/or treatment on a confidential basis.

Immunizations and Travel Services: Students can receive information about immunization recommendations, requirements and disease prevention for worldwide travel. Immunizations are available on site or by prescription.

Smoking Cessation: We offer individual treatment for students who wish to quit smoking or explore the option of quitting. Sessions are available by appointment with a nurse practitioner.

Psychiatric mental health services are provided by Nurse Practitioners in collaboration with the Personal Counselors. Students experiencing an emotional health problem are encouraged to first schedule an appointment with a counselor by calling the main number for the Bergeron Wellness Center. Those who might require medication to manage symptoms will be referred to the Nurse Practitioners for evaluation and management and students who are prescribed medication are encouraged to have an ongoing relationship with their counselor. Most medication needs can be managed by the Nurse Practitioners. Some students may be referred to the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for consultation and collaborative care. It is not possible to schedule an appointment directly with the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

Education

We offer one-on-one counseling on a variety of student health and wellness concerns, and provide ongoing health promotion guided by the following monthly topics:

  • Healthy Living (September)
  • Flu Prevention and Alcohol Awarenesss (October)
  • Smoke-Out (November)
  • Stress Survival (December)
  • Winter Wellness (January and February)
  • Safe Spring Break (March)
  • Nutrition Awareness (March)
  • Immunization and Travel (April)
  • Skin Cancer Prevention (May)

Student Support Network

The Student Support Network (SSN) is a training program designed to give students the skills needed to identify, support, and refer peers who may be struggling with personal issues. The SSN looks to improve student recognition of the signs and symptoms of mental health distress, as well as alcohol and other drug abuse. Alongside increased recognition skills, students become more confident in reaching out to their friends, improve their ability to support peers in the moment, and know how to refer students to appropriate resources on campus.

This training is a mandatory six-week commitment for 1 hour and 15 minutes each week. If you are interested in learning more, or would like to sign-up, please email Catherine Welch at cwelch2@smcvt.edu or call 802.654.2271.

Immunization Information

Requirements

All students are required to have the following immunizations by Vermont law:

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) – a completed series of two injections.

Tetanus (Td or TdAP) – a booster within the past 10 years, preferably Tdap.

Hepatitis B – a completed series of three injections.

Bacterial Meningitis – one to two doses with most recent one after the age of 16.

Varicella – a completed series of two injections if no history of chicken pox.

Exemptions may be granted only for medical or religious reasons.

Recommendations

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) – now recommended for women and men.

Flu – yearly vaccine available at Student Health Services (see below). For more information about flu, visit the CDC influenza website.

Insurance and Fees

Student Health Insurance

Saint Michael’s College requires all full-time students and students in residence be covered under a health insurance plan. This coverage may be provided through the Saint Michael’s College Student Health Insurance Plan or by a private health insurance policy. The Saint Michael’s College Student Health Insurance Plan is being administered by Consolidated Health Plans, CHP.

The benefits outlined merit your careful attention. This policy is not designed to cover preexisting health conditions and elective procedures. It also does not include routine vision or dental coverage. Students with chronic or recurrent health conditions should consider other health insurance options.

All students, regardless of type of health insurance coverage, are strongly encouraged to bring an up-to date health insurance card to college. Please review your health insurance and be sure you are covered for medical and pharmaceutical care in Vermont.

For questions about the plan, please contact Consolidated Health Plans at 800.633.7867.

Fees

There is no charge for visits to Student Health Services. Fees may be charged for vaccines, medications and laboratory testing sent to outside labs.

Confidentiality

All visits to Student Health Services are confidential. Information is not shared with anyone without a student’s permission. Confidentiality of visits and records is every student’s right.

Questions?

Here are some questions to consider when deciding whether to school sponsored health insurance or keep your own:

Remember there is no fee to see a provider at the College’s Bergeron Wellness center on campus.  If tests or lab work needs to be ordered, or if the student needs to see a provider off campus, then the student’s health insurance will be billed.

  • Does my health insurance cover my student hen they need care in Vermont?
  • By calling your insurance agent or the number on the back of your card, you can ask this question.
  • Note that most state or government sponsored health plans do not cover health costs outside of the students primary state (i.e. New York Medicaid)
  • Does my insurance cover providers at the University of Vermont Medical Center? Sometimes a student is referred from the college to a local specialist or provider. Most are a part of the UVMMC (University of Vermont Medical Center) network. It is the largest medical provider in our state.
  • Does my insurance pay for prescriptions at the pharmacies in Vermont? These may include, but are not limited to, CVS, Kinney Drugs, Walgreens and the Health Center Pharmacy.
  • Does my student have an ongoing, chronic or complicated medical condition for which they will most likely seek care for services in the Burlington area or at the UVMMC network?

Medical Leave of Absence

Sometimes there are either medical or mental health issues that interfere with a student’s ability to successfully finish their semester without having a negative impact on grades. Your Saint Michael’s College community wants you to care for yourself when such a need arises. The Medical Leave of Absence Policy allows you to take the time necessary to care for yourself, so you can come back healthy and ready to continue your academic career. The following policy and forms explain the process. When a student takes a medical leave, their transcript will show withdrawals from coursework but will not penalize the student with failing grades or a lowered GPA. However, you will need to repeat these courses or their equivalent in the future. You will not receive credit for the amount of coursework already started this semester. Any financial questions should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services. When on a medical leave, the student still has access to their SMC email, but is asked to take all belongings home with them and refrain from coming to campus until they are cleared to return as a student.

For more information on how to request a Medical Leave of Absence, contact Mary Masson, APRN-C, Director of the Bergeron Wellness Center, at 802.654.2234 or mmasson@smcvt.edu.

Important Forms

Medical Websites

The following list of websites is provided as a starting place for researching specific health issues or concerns. These sites are considered reliable, however we recognize that this
list is ever-changing and is by no means considered complete.

Please schedule an appointment to discuss any questions you may have related to health information
discovered online.

Call us at 802.654.2234 for more information or to schedule a visit.

Alcohol

www.niaa.nih.gov 
www.cdc.gov 
www.samhsa.gov

Body Art

https://www.cdc.gov/body_art
www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle 

Body Image

www.nationaleatingdisorders.org 
www.thebodypositive.org

Contraception

www.acog.org
www.healthfinder.gov 
www.plannedparenthood.org 

Dating/Relationships

www.plannedparenthood.org/learn
www.genderspectrum.org

Drugs

www.drugabuse.gov 
www.cdc.gov 
www.mayoclinic.org/patient-care-and-health-information
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation

Eating Disorders

www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

Exercise

www.cdc.gov 
www.healthfinder.gov
www.healthiergeneration.org 

LGBT

www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth 
www.genderspectrum.org 
www.thetaskforce.org 

Medical Topics/General Health and Wellness

www.cdc.gov/az 
www.healthfinder.gov 
www.clevelandclinic.org/health
www.hhs.gov 
www.familydoctor.org 
www.mayoclinic.org/patient-care-and-health-information
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus
www.netwellness.org 

Men’s Health

www.cdc.gov/men 
www.plannedparenthood.org/learn

Mental Health

www.nami.org
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
www.nimh.nih.gov 

Nutrition/Weight

www.cdc.gov/nutrition
www.cdc.gov/healthyweight 
www.supertracker.usda.gov 
www.healthiergeneration.org

Orthopedics

www.aaos.org
www.orthoinfo.org 

Sexuality

www.plannedparenthood.org/learn
www.genderspectrum.org

Skin

www.cdc.gov/az 
www.skincancer.org

STDs

www.ashastd.org 
www.cdc.gov/az 
www.vtcares.org 

Tobacco

www.cdc.gov/tobacco
www.802quits.org 

Travel

www.cdc.gov/travel 
www.travel.state.gov

Veterans

www.va.gov/health

Violence

www.cdc.gov/violence 
www.vtnetwork.org
www.rainn.org 

Women’s Health

www.plannedparenthood.org/learn
www.cdc.gov/women

Area Hospitals and Pharmacies

Hospitals:

Clear Choice
South Burlington – 802.448.8205

Concentra
South Burlington – 802.658.5756

UVM Medical Center – Medical Center Campus
802.847.0000
Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT

UVM Medical Center Urgent Care – Fanny Allen Campus
802.847.1170
College Parkway
Colchester, VT
(located within walking distance of the campus)

Pharmacies:

CVS
Essex – 802.879.7438

Health Center Pharmacy
Colchester – 802.847.7461
Burlington – 802.847.3784

Kinney Drugs
Essex Junction – 802.878.5351

Walgreens Pharmacy
Essex Junction – 802.872.1800
Winooski – 802.655.2444
Burlington – 802.862.1562
Essex Junction 802.878.3369

A comprehensive list of area providers including doctors, dentists, allergists, and counselors can be found in the Student Health Center.

 

Staff

Mary Masson, MSH, APRN
Director/Nurse Practioner
mmasson@smcvt.edu


Heidi Brodtman
Administrative Assistant
hbrodtman@smcvt.edu


Jane Luria, MSN, APRN
Nurse Practitioner
jluria@smcvt.edu


Tara Abele, MSN, APRN
Nurse Practitioner
tabele2@smcvt.edu


Louise Rosales, MSN, APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practioner
lrosales@smcvt.edu


Patricia Sheridan, BSN, APRN
Nurse Practioner
psheridan@smcvt.edu

Services

Special Services

Women’s Health Services: We offer complete gynecological exams for both routine and problem visits. We provide comprehensive testing, counseling, treatment and referral for all issues.

Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing: Students with questions, concerns or problems are invited to come to Student Health Services for information, testing, counseling and/or treatment on a confidential basis.

Immunizations and Travel Services: Students can receive information about immunization recommendations, requirements and disease prevention for worldwide travel. Immunizations are available on site or by prescription.

Smoking Cessation: We offer individual treatment for students who wish to quit smoking or explore the option of quitting. Sessions are available by appointment with a nurse practitioner.

Psychiatric mental health services are provided by Nurse Practitioners in collaboration with the Personal Counselors. Students experiencing an emotional health problem are encouraged to first schedule an appointment with a counselor by calling the main number for the Bergeron Wellness Center. Those who might require medication to manage symptoms will be referred to the Nurse Practitioners for evaluation and management and students who are prescribed medication are encouraged to have an ongoing relationship with their counselor. Most medication needs can be managed by the Nurse Practitioners. Some students may be referred to the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for consultation and collaborative care. It is not possible to schedule an appointment directly with the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

Education

We offer one-on-one counseling on a variety of student health and wellness concerns, and provide ongoing health promotion guided by the following monthly topics:

  • Healthy Living (September)
  • Flu Prevention and Alcohol Awarenesss (October)
  • Smoke-Out (November)
  • Stress Survival (December)
  • Winter Wellness (January and February)
  • Safe Spring Break (March)
  • Nutrition Awareness (March)
  • Immunization and Travel (April)
  • Skin Cancer Prevention (May)

Student Support Network

The Student Support Network (SSN) is a training program designed to give students the skills needed to identify, support, and refer peers who may be struggling with personal issues. The SSN looks to improve student recognition of the signs and symptoms of mental health distress, as well as alcohol and other drug abuse. Alongside increased recognition skills, students become more confident in reaching out to their friends, improve their ability to support peers in the moment, and know how to refer students to appropriate resources on campus.

This training is a mandatory six-week commitment for 1 hour and 15 minutes each week. If you are interested in learning more, or would like to sign-up, please email Catherine Welch at cwelch2@smcvt.edu or call 802.654.2271.

Immunization Information

Requirements

All students are required to have the following immunizations by Vermont law:

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) – a completed series of two injections.

Tetanus (Td or TdAP) – a booster within the past 10 years, preferably Tdap.

Hepatitis B – a completed series of three injections.

Bacterial Meningitis – one to two doses with most recent one after the age of 16.

Varicella – a completed series of two injections if no history of chicken pox.

Exemptions may be granted only for medical or religious reasons.

Recommendations

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) – now recommended for women and men.

Flu – yearly vaccine available at Student Health Services (see below). For more information about flu, visit the CDC influenza website.

Insurance and Fees

Student Health Insurance

Saint Michael’s College requires all full-time students and students in residence be covered under a health insurance plan. This coverage may be provided through the Saint Michael’s College Student Health Insurance Plan or by a private health insurance policy. The Saint Michael’s College Student Health Insurance Plan is being administered by Consolidated Health Plans, CHP.

The benefits outlined merit your careful attention. This policy is not designed to cover preexisting health conditions and elective procedures. It also does not include routine vision or dental coverage. Students with chronic or recurrent health conditions should consider other health insurance options.

All students, regardless of type of health insurance coverage, are strongly encouraged to bring an up-to date health insurance card to college. Please review your health insurance and be sure you are covered for medical and pharmaceutical care in Vermont.

For questions about the plan, please contact Consolidated Health Plans at 800.633.7867.

Fees

There is no charge for visits to Student Health Services. Fees may be charged for vaccines, medications and laboratory testing sent to outside labs.

Confidentiality

All visits to Student Health Services are confidential. Information is not shared with anyone without a student’s permission. Confidentiality of visits and records is every student’s right.

Questions?

Here are some questions to consider when deciding whether to school sponsored health insurance or keep your own:

Remember there is no fee to see a provider at the College’s Bergeron Wellness center on campus.  If tests or lab work needs to be ordered, or if the student needs to see a provider off campus, then the student’s health insurance will be billed.

  • Does my health insurance cover my student hen they need care in Vermont?
  • By calling your insurance agent or the number on the back of your card, you can ask this question.
  • Note that most state or government sponsored health plans do not cover health costs outside of the students primary state (i.e. New York Medicaid)
  • Does my insurance cover providers at the University of Vermont Medical Center? Sometimes a student is referred from the college to a local specialist or provider. Most are a part of the UVMMC (University of Vermont Medical Center) network. It is the largest medical provider in our state.
  • Does my insurance pay for prescriptions at the pharmacies in Vermont? These may include, but are not limited to, CVS, Kinney Drugs, Walgreens and the Health Center Pharmacy.
  • Does my student have an ongoing, chronic or complicated medical condition for which they will most likely seek care for services in the Burlington area or at the UVMMC network?

Medical Leave of Absence

Sometimes there are either medical or mental health issues that interfere with a student’s ability to successfully finish their semester without having a negative impact on grades. Your Saint Michael’s College community wants you to care for yourself when such a need arises. The Medical Leave of Absence Policy allows you to take the time necessary to care for yourself, so you can come back healthy and ready to continue your academic career. The following policy and forms explain the process. When a student takes a medical leave, their transcript will show withdrawals from coursework but will not penalize the student with failing grades or a lowered GPA. However, you will need to repeat these courses or their equivalent in the future. You will not receive credit for the amount of coursework already started this semester. Any financial questions should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services. When on a medical leave, the student still has access to their SMC email, but is asked to take all belongings home with them and refrain from coming to campus until they are cleared to return as a student.

For more information on how to request a Medical Leave of Absence, contact Mary Masson, APRN-C, Director of the Bergeron Wellness Center, at 802.654.2234 or mmasson@smcvt.edu.

Important Forms

Medical Websites

The following list of websites is provided as a starting place for researching specific health issues or concerns. These sites are considered reliable, however we recognize that this
list is ever-changing and is by no means considered complete.

Please schedule an appointment to discuss any questions you may have related to health information
discovered online.

Call us at 802.654.2234 for more information or to schedule a visit.

Alcohol

www.niaa.nih.gov 
www.cdc.gov 
www.samhsa.gov

Body Art

https://www.cdc.gov/body_art
www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle 

Body Image

www.nationaleatingdisorders.org 
www.thebodypositive.org

Contraception

www.acog.org
www.healthfinder.gov 
www.plannedparenthood.org 

Dating/Relationships

www.plannedparenthood.org/learn
www.genderspectrum.org

Drugs

www.drugabuse.gov 
www.cdc.gov 
www.mayoclinic.org/patient-care-and-health-information
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation

Eating Disorders

www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

Exercise

www.cdc.gov 
www.healthfinder.gov
www.healthiergeneration.org 

LGBT

www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth 
www.genderspectrum.org 
www.thetaskforce.org 

Medical Topics/General Health and Wellness

www.cdc.gov/az 
www.healthfinder.gov 
www.clevelandclinic.org/health
www.hhs.gov 
www.familydoctor.org 
www.mayoclinic.org/patient-care-and-health-information
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus
www.netwellness.org 

Men’s Health

www.cdc.gov/men 
www.plannedparenthood.org/learn

Mental Health

www.nami.org
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
www.nimh.nih.gov 

Nutrition/Weight

www.cdc.gov/nutrition
www.cdc.gov/healthyweight 
www.supertracker.usda.gov 
www.healthiergeneration.org

Orthopedics

www.aaos.org
www.orthoinfo.org 

Sexuality

www.plannedparenthood.org/learn
www.genderspectrum.org

Skin

www.cdc.gov/az 
www.skincancer.org

STDs

www.ashastd.org 
www.cdc.gov/az 
www.vtcares.org 

Tobacco

www.cdc.gov/tobacco
www.802quits.org 

Travel

www.cdc.gov/travel 
www.travel.state.gov

Veterans

www.va.gov/health

Violence

www.cdc.gov/violence 
www.vtnetwork.org
www.rainn.org 

Women’s Health

www.plannedparenthood.org/learn
www.cdc.gov/women

Area Hospitals and Pharmacies

Hospitals:

Clear Choice
South Burlington – 802.448.8205

Concentra
South Burlington – 802.658.5756

UVM Medical Center – Medical Center Campus
802.847.0000
Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT

UVM Medical Center Urgent Care – Fanny Allen Campus
802.847.1170
College Parkway
Colchester, VT
(located within walking distance of the campus)

Pharmacies:

CVS
Essex – 802.879.7438

Health Center Pharmacy
Colchester – 802.847.7461
Burlington – 802.847.3784

Kinney Drugs
Essex Junction – 802.878.5351

Walgreens Pharmacy
Essex Junction – 802.872.1800
Winooski – 802.655.2444
Burlington – 802.862.1562
Essex Junction 802.878.3369

A comprehensive list of area providers including doctors, dentists, allergists, and counselors can be found in the Student Health Center.

 

Staff

Mary Masson, MSH, APRN
Director/Nurse Practioner
mmasson@smcvt.edu


Heidi Brodtman
Administrative Assistant
hbrodtman@smcvt.edu


Jane Luria, MSN, APRN
Nurse Practitioner
jluria@smcvt.edu


Tara Abele, MSN, APRN
Nurse Practitioner
tabele2@smcvt.edu


Louise Rosales, MSN, APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practioner
lrosales@smcvt.edu


Patricia Sheridan, BSN, APRN
Nurse Practioner
psheridan@smcvt.edu