The Student Health & Wellness Center (SHWC) is a health facility at the Illinois Institute of Technology located In the IITRI Tower on 35th and State Street.
They make up the on campus health services and counseling center. Services are available for all students regardless of insurance coverage. The office is staffed by a registered nurse and a master's prepared nurse practitioner who functions as an advanced practice clinician in collaboration with a physician. Diagnosis and management of common illnesses and injuries as well as prescriptive authority is within the scope of advance practice nurses. Preventative medicine such as women's health care, immunizations, nutrition and diet information, and laboratory testing are available. SHWC also provides educational programs throughout the academic year and is available to assist students with wellness or other informational workshops.
The nurse and nurse practitioner are available Monday through Friday by appointment and on a walk-in basis in emergency situations. The physician is on site approximately two hours per week. Some services may require a fee. Appointments may be scheduled online or by calling (312) 567-7550.
The Student Health & Wellness Center also offers student counseling services, which provide psychological services to IIT students. It includes evaluation, brief psychotherapy, referral, and medication management. SHWC assists students with many issues including loneliness, relationship concerns, family issues, depression, anxiety, concentration problems, sleeping difficulties, eating problems, addiction, career concerns, grieving, sexual concerns, anger management, cultural adjustment, and other personal issues.
Sessions typically begin by assessing a student's needs and then offering recommendations which may include meeting with a counseling services therapist on a regular basis, meeting our psychiatrist for a medication evaluation, and/or a referral to a nearby mental health professional. A treatment plan is made in collaboration with each student to best meet his or her needs.
Clinical services are CONFIDENTIAL. Information communicated to IIT counselors will not be disclosed to anyone outside SHWC without written consent from the student. There are rare exceptions to this policy, such as when there is a concern for the individual's risk of seriously hurting him/herself or someone else.
There is no charge for therapy services, although there is a fee (usually covered by health insurance) for appointments with our psychiatrist and for medication. SHWC follows the ethical and professional standards of the American Psychological Association.
In addition to individual appointments, the SHWC also offers outreach programs to IIT students. Outreach includes workshops on topics such as stress management, time management, and overcoming test anxiety, as well as other topics.
SHWC provides consultation to staff, faculty and parents of IIT students who may be concerned about a student's welfare. Finally, they also collaborate with other university departments to improve student well-being at IIT.
For students who have been receiving continuous mental health treatment prior to attending college, continuation of treatment is usually a good idea. Our staff is happy to speak with parents about this or other issues. While Illinois mental health confidentiality laws may prevent us from telling you if we are providing treatment to your student, we can always listen and help you come up with a plan to address any concerns you may have about his or her mental health. To learn more call the SHWC at (312) 567-7550 or visit us on the web.
All students registered for at least 12 credit hours are automatically enrolled in and billed for student health insurance.
Domestic students may waive health insurance coverage if the student presents evidence of other health insurance coverage that provides benefits equal to or greater than the Student Health Insurance Plan. Students must present evidence of coverage and complete a waiver form by the waiver deadline. All full-time and part-time J-1 and F-1 international students are automatically enrolled in student health insurance and required to keep the IIT health insurance plan.
Waiver forms are available at www.iit.edu/student_health/insurance. The deadlines for waiving insurance coverage are September 1, 2013 for the fall semester and January 26, 2014 for the spring semester.
If you have not already received confirmation from Aetna Student Health, you can check to see if you are enrolled by confirming that your student account has been charged for insurance. Students can check their account online through Web for Students or call the Student Health and Wellness Center at (312) 567-7550. For more information regarding immunization requirements and other health services at IIT please visit the Student Health Website.