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Health Center

The Tifton campus provides students with health care services and health-related educational programs consistent with its mission and reflecting the needs of the campus community. The Health Center is located in the Health Sciences Building in Tifton. The Health Center is staffed by nurse practitioners and registered nurses who provide care for acute illnesses and minor injuries.

Health Center Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Health Center is open from the first day of classes until the final day of final examinations each semester for patient care. The Health Center is open during semester breaks for immunizations and access to records. Visit the Health Center website at https://www.abac.edu/campus-life/health-center for updated information on hours and services. Students with serious illness or injury should seek emergency health care in the community or call “911”.

Charges may apply to cover the cost of some medical supplies, laboratory tests and medications. The Health Center has a limited formulary of the most commonly used prescription and non-prescription medications used in college health. Students seeking health care in the community by referral from the Health Center are responsible for any costs incurred.

Student Health Insurance Plan

ABAC’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is a comprehensive health insurance plan available to students. This plan complies with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements. Health insurance is required of athletes, international students holding J or F visas and nursing students. All other students should strongly consider obtaining health insurance from this or another source. Parents and students may find ABAC’s SHIP is an affordable alternative for health insurance. More information can be found regarding SHIP at https://www.abac.edu/faq/student-health-insurance.

Using Health Insurance at the Health Center

The Health Center accepts all major insurances. Students are encouraged to bring their health insurance cards to the clinic when they come for services. Insurance will be filed for clinic visits. The cost of the visit is applied to the deductible, and the Health Center does not bill the patient for the unpaid balances.

Required Immunizations

Students must submit a certificate of immunization to the Admissions Office prior to admission to the College. This form is part of the admission requirements.

MMR

Students born in 1957 or later must prove immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella by taking two (2) Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

vaccinations or by providing laboratory evidence of immunity.

Tdap

Students must have taken a Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap) booster within 10 years of acceptance.

Varicella

Students must prove immunity to varicella (chicken pox). This proof may be established by giving a history of chicken pox or shingles illness to a health

care provider with the date of illness or by taking two (2) varicella vaccinations or by providing laboratory evidence of immunity.

Hepatitis B

Students under the age of 19 years must prove immunity to Hepatitis B.

This proof may be established by taking three (3) Hepatitis B vaccines or providing laboratory evidence of immunity.

Meningitis

Students planning to reside in campus housing must receive information regarding meningococcal disease. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) vaccine for first-year college students living in residence halls. If they received it before their 16th birthday, they need a booster dose for maximum protection before going to college Otherwise, students must sign a form that documents that they decline the vaccine.

Note: Students are strongly encouraged to make a copy of their immunization records and keep these records among their important papers.