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Student Services

Affordable, convenient health service options for students

by Published: Jul 13, 2013

Birkam Health Center

Birkam Health Center is the med­ical out­pa­tient clinic located in the cen­ter of campus.

Compared with a com­mu­nity med­ical cen­ter, Birkam accepts walk-ins and takes appoint­ments for ill­nesses and minor injuries. Run by two fam­ily physi­cians, four reg­is­tered nurses, a reg­is­tered phar­ma­cist and an office staff, Birkam treats 15,000 patients annually.

Various ser­vices are offered. Students can receive allergy injec­tions, pur­chase over the counter med­i­cine, stay up to date on immu­niza­tions and be tested for HIV and other sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted diseases.

Women have the oppor­tu­nity at Birkam to receive con­tra­cep­tives, as well as a breast exam, pelvic exam and a PAP smear, which is rec­om­mended every other year for women over the age of 21. Confidential preg­nancy test­ing is also offered.

Basic lab­o­ra­tory test­ing includ­ing blood sugar and uri­nal­y­sis can be done on site. Otherwise, stu­dents can sub­mit sam­ples and have them sent to fam­ily physi­cians for testing.

Last, but not least, Birkam offers indi­vid­ual weight con­trol pro­grams with pro­fes­sional help and support.

Personal Counseling

Personal coun­sel­ing is offered to any stu­dent on cam­pus. Located in the Birkam Health Center are licensed, accred­ited men­tal health professionals.

Their goal is to assist stu­dents with psy­cho­log­i­cal devel­op­ment and pro­vide short-term pro­fes­sional coun­sel­ing. Therapists will help stu­dents deter­mine their prob­lems and set goals to solve them.

Any stu­dent in need of coun­sel­ing will need to fill out intake paper­work online, and then an appoint­ment with a ther­a­pist will be set.

Various rea­sons for coun­sel­ing include depres­sion, stress, anx­i­ety, fam­ily issues, sui­ci­dal thoughts, eat­ing dis­or­ders, LGBTQ issues and alco­hol and drug abuse.

There are also a lim­ited num­ber of sup­port groups and edu­ca­tional work­shops. Alcholics Anonymous (AA) meet­ings take place every Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Dental Hygiene Clinic

Ferris stu­dents have the option for den­tal care right on campus.

Students can get a clean­ing done for only $15. This includes an oral screen­ing for can­cer, peri­odon­tal prob­ing, flu­o­ride treat­ment, clean­ing, Listerine mouth rinse, floss, tooth­brush and toothpaste.

Various x-rays includ­ing bitew­ing, full mouth and panorex (needed for when wis­dom teeth are pulled) are offered at a frac­tion of the cost, and results can be sent right to a home­town dentist.

All ser­vices are per­formed by first– or second-year den­tal hygiene stu­dents under the super­vi­sion of a reg­is­tered den­tal hygien­ist or den­tist. This office is by appoint­ment only and is open dur­ing the fall and spring semesters.

University Eye Center

Students also have the option for optom­e­try care right on cam­pus at the University Eye Center.

Comprehensive eye exams can be per­formed by stu­dents in their third or fourth year of pro­fes­sional school under the super­vi­sion of fac­ulty. Faculty optometrists have the exper­tise to exam­ine, diag­nose and treat var­i­ous eye and vision problems.

A check­list of what to bring to the appoint­ment is avail­able online for stu­dents. The pri­mary care clinic rec­om­mends hav­ing some­one avail­able to drive if pupil dila­tion is nec­es­sary dur­ing the exam.  

Different types of exams are offered to all ages. Baby exam­i­na­tions, learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and devel­op­ment exams, back to school exams and binoc­u­lar vision exams are all avail­able based on a person’s needs.

Students are also able to pur­chase new frames and lenses at University Eyewear located in the Michigan College of Optometry. n