Thomas Jefferson University

Office of Student Affairs & Career Counseling
Student Health & Health Insurance


Student Health

Occupational Health Network (OHN) is open to all students enrolled at Thomas Jefferson University. Visits to OHN are free of charge, however, any charges incurred by such visits, i.e. radiology or laboratory tests,  will be billed to the student’s insurance.

OHN is located at 833 Chestnut Street, Suite 205.  

Hours

OHN hours of operation are:

Monday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

During evenings and weekends, students should report to the Emergency Department if an urgent medical problem arises.

Staff

The OHN medical staff consists of two nurse practitioners, a physician and three nurses. The secretarial staff is available to assist with immunization records and health information. OHN coordinates psychiatric care through the Student Personal Counseling Center.

Immunization Requirements

OHNis required to comply with the infection control policies of the Hospital Infection Control Committee and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

It is required that all students complete a student health form prior to attending the university. This consists of a physical exam performed by the student’s physician no greater than one year prior to enrollment, a medical history and up-to-date immunizations for:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Pertussis
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis B

We also require an influenza vaccination. Learn more about immunization and other requirements for matriculation.

Services & Costs

Episodic Care

General medical problems may be addressed at OHN on a walk-in basis. Walk-in hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Psychiatric Services

The Student Personal Counseling Center (SPCC), directed by Deanna Nobleza, is actively involved in planning and implementing programs to foster student emotional and mental health. Consultations and three initial evaluations with a staff psychiatrist/psychologist are provided free of charge to SKMC students.

For ongoing therapy, a reduced fee will be charged. Insurance is accepted whenever possible.

Consultations, evaluations and counseling sessions require appointments. Students may call the SPCC directly at 215-503-2817 to arrange an appointment.

Evaluation of Potentially Infectious Illnesses

Students with potentially infectious illnesses should report to UHS for an evaluation prior to reporting to their clinical rotations. Questions regarding any exposures to illnesses, i.e. varicella (chicken pox or shingles), influenza, tuberculosis, viral conjunctivitis, may be addressed by calling 215-955-6835 or visiting UHS. 

Whether you are able to resume clinical activities will be determined with the guidance of the Hospital Infection Control Policy.

Annual Tuberculosis Screening

All students are required under the Hospital Infection Control Policy to undergo annual tuberculosis screening. Testing for second-year students takes place in the Microbiology lab section, and results of this testing are forwarded to UHS for inclusion in the student’s chart.

The student is responsible for completing the test in the third and fourth years. The PPD may be done in OHN or at an outside physician’s office as long as the results are forwarded to UHS. All students with a history of a positive PPD must complete the annual questionnaire regarding the signs and symptoms of tuberculosis. Interferon Gamma Release Assays (IGRAs) may be provided in lieu of the annual tuberculosis skin test or for those with a positive history and a history of BCG.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

The complete three-dose series, followed by an antibody titer to document immunity is required as part of our pre-matriculation requirements. OHN will assist with the completion of the series for those students who are unable to complete the series before matriculation. Vaccines may be administered through UHS for a nominal fee.

Flu Vaccination

Each fall, UHS offers the flu vaccination free of charge to all Thomas Jefferson University students. The annual influenza vaccination is mandatory for all students. Those who wish to present a medical or religious exemption must contact Occupational Health Network directly.

Occupational Exposure to Blood and Body Fluids

Students who are exposed to patients’ blood or body fluids during the course of their clinical rotations should report to UHS as soon as possible after the exposure. If the exposure occurs after normal working hours, the student should report to Jefferson’s Emergency Department.

OHN follows the Public Health Service’s Guidelines for Exposure to HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B. If a student is on a rotation outside of Jefferson, he/she is advised to contact OHN for direction. Students unable to return to OHN or to Jefferson’s Emergency Department should be seen in the closest emergency department. Care for this visit is charged to the student’s insurance. 

Learn more about our exposure protocol

Confidentiality of Medical Records

All health services records, including psychiatric visits, are strictly confidential. They are not available to any person other than the UHS healthcare provider without the student’s written permission. 

For questions or appointments, call 215-955-6835.

Health Insurance

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Health insurance is required for all students attending Thomas Jefferson University. We offer a comprehensive health plan through United Healthcare, designed specifically for students. Please familiarize yourself with the plan benefits.

Specifics to note:

  • This plan is a PPO, which provides flexibility in accessing care, including both when you are on clinical rotations and when you are home on break.
  • This plan is accepted throughout the United Healthcare network. Please visit the First Student site to view the brochure.
  • Your tuition bill will be charged directly for the coverage, divided among the two semesters (but you will only need to enroll once).

Rates for 2020-2021

  • Student: $4,970.00
  • Spouse:    $4,855.00
  • One Child:    $4,818.00
  • Two or More Children:    $9,710.00
  • Spouse + Two or More Children:    $14,565.00

Insurance Waiver

Please note that the online waiver/enrollment site typically becomes available according to the schedule below:

Fall Start Students / Returning Students for the coming academic year - July 1st
Spring Start Students - December 1st

Dental Insurance

Optional dental insurance is available for matriculated students at Thomas Jefferson University, Center City Campus and Abington Campus. The insurance is offered through Delta Dental, with two coverage levels available - Base or Enhanced.

Rates for 2020-2021

Basic Plan

  • Single: $180.49
  • Plus Dependents: $626.29

Enhanced plan

  • Single: $375.24
  • Plus Dependents: $1,302.09

Disability Insurance

Sidney Kimmel Medical College provides you with a disability plan that will pay a monthly benefit in the event that you become disabled due to a sickness or injury, and the option to continue coverage upon graduation. Contact us for more information regarding this plan.