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Frequent Questions Parents Ask

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Here are some questions frequently asked by parents.

When should the Health History Form be submitted?

The Health History Form, immunization compliance, and other required forms must be uploaded to the medical system by August 1, 2016. Please go to the following website: pepperdine.medicatconnect.com, for access and upload. The deadline date is August 1, 2016.

Is Meningitis a required vaccination?


What is most frequently overlooked on the Health History form?

Many students do not answer the 5 questions at the top of page two on the health form, and many do not enter the immunization dates into their medical system immunization section.

What are the hours of the SHC?

We are open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

What happens if my child is sick in the evening or on the weekend?

A 24/7 Nursing Hot Line – PEP RN at (800) 413-0848 – is provided for all enrolled students. This program is designed to confidentially answer health-related questions, triage symptoms, and advise a student in our absence. Malibu Urgent Care is located about one mile off campus and offers expanded and weekend hours. There are two emergency rooms in Santa Monica approximately one half-hour off campus: St John's ER and Santa Monica/UCLA ER. Kaiser Permanente is located in Woodland Hills. Pepperdine's Public Safety Department is available 24 hours a day for all medical escorts and emergency response calls.

What is the scope of practice at the Student Health Center?

We have a full-time Physician Assistant who is also the Director; one part-time Physician Assistant; two part-time Board Certified MDs, with specialties in Sports Medicine, Internal Medicine and Endocrinology; one Registered Nurse; and several Medical Assistants. Think of our Student Health Center as similar to your own private doctor's office. We offer in-house testing for things such as strep throat and mono, and have a full-service laboratory where we send out labs. Most send-out labs are available the next day. We do most all immunizations, travel medicine and immunizations, sports medicine, inhalation treatments, suturing, and much more.

What is the cost to use the Student Health Center?

When a student accesses care for the first time in a semester, there is an initial $70 fee that is charged to the student's account. The cost of subsequent visits depend on the services rendered, but we keep our fees at a low cost. Your child will be provided with a receipt/super-bill, which can be submitted to their insurance company for possible reimbursement or application toward the deductible.

Can my child continue with previously established medical care while attending Pepperdine?

Most medical care can be continued while your child is attending school. A summary of the medical problems with recommendations from the private MD or specialist is necessary for continuity of care. Sometimes it may be necessary to refer to a specialist in our area depending on the medical issues. We keep an updated referral system for specialists in our area. Our nursing staff can provide services for your private doctor such as administering allergy shots and drawing blood as requested. What is needed for this service is the health records and a written request. Lab results can be faxed directly to the private doctor from our lab.

What if my child needs a prescription?

We have a small dispensary in our Center, and there are two pharmacies in the local community for students with a prescription co-pay:
CVS Pharmacy, (310) 456-9645
Super Care Pharmacy, (310) 456-9059