Dartmouth College Health Service
5-7 Rope Ferry Road, HB 6143
Hanover, NH 03755
Please call ahead to make an appointment before visiting us. This will allow us to better serve your needs.
Please note: We are closed between Christmas and New Years and on College Holidays.
College Community Medicine provides accessible primary health care to college students. We offer personalized care by medical providers who consider physical, psychological, social, cultural, and preventive aspects of health issues.
These offer timely visits for those having a current or acute care need involving common illness and injury within the scope of practice of college health medicine. Students needing care beyond the scope of our practice are referred to specialists.
We offer appointments for those having a medical concern that is not an acute illness or injury. Routine follow ups for chronic problems, laboratory test needs, prescription refills, physicals, immunizations and allergy injections. STI (sexually transmitted infection,) screening and treatment, HIV screening, and men’s health concerns are examples of elective care needs.
Most illness and injury can be best cared for through a timely scheduled appointment. We do offer add-on access for those with problems that need attention quicker than an appointment can offer. We are not, however, an emergency room. Patients who need emergency medical care are transported to the DHMC emergency room by Safety and Security or ambulance as circumstances warrant.
In addition to caring for illness and injury we offer various services to support health promotion, healthy travel, disease prevention, and healthy employment.
Health Promotion services include general immunization, allergy injections, sexually transmitted disease screening, physical exams, health clearances, and men's health. We also provide assistance with smoking cessation.
Travel health consultations and vaccines are available for College sponsored travel. Travel health needs may require weeks or months of time to complete: please consider this when planning your travel needs.
Most of these services have to do with preventive care such as driving and respirator equipment physicals, and immunizations. We also provide first aide care for employees who are injured while performing their jobs: if emergency care is needed they are referred to the DHMC ED.
Our medical Staff hold national and State credentials, meet continuing medical education requirements, and hold faculty appointments in Family and Community Medicine at the Dartmouth Medical School.
Health Service doctors have received the Doctor of Medicine degree ( M. D.) or Doctor of Osteopathy Degree ( D. O.). Physicians are licensed by State Medical Boards and meet continuing education requirements. Our Staff Physicians oversee the medical care of the campus community, maintain clinical practices in our medical clinics, serve as admitting physicians in our inpatient Nursing Department, and consult with and oversee the medical providers in the Health Service.
ARNP's are advanced academic and clinically experienced registered nurses. NP’s are educated through programs that grant either a certificate or a Master’s degree. In addition, Nurse Practitioners must be licensed by their state of practice, as well as be nationally certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) allowing them to provide general medical care including diagnosis and treatment, and have the authority to prescribe medications through a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) license. NP’s focus largely on health maintenance, disease prevention, counseling and patient education in a wide variety of settings, including Primary Care, Women’s Health, College Health, Family Health, and other branches of medicine.
PA's are trained in programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Most PA’s practice general medicine including taking histories and performing physical examinations, ordering and interpreting lab tests, diagnosing and treating illnesses, prescribing medication, and counseling patients in health promotion and disease prevention. PA’s must pass a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of PA’s in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners. To maintain their national certification and State Board of Medicine licensure PA’s must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and pass a re-certification every six years. PA’s also hold prescription writing privileges by maintaining a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) license.
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Last Updated: 4/6/10