The university has a Director for Health Services/COVID-19 Clinical Coordinator and a 24/7 telehealth option for students - TLUCare - to provide around-the-clock access to quality medical and mental health counseling services.
TLU Health Services is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the health and general well-being of students through routine medical examinations, clinical services, and health instruction. TLU also requires all incoming students to complete an online health form and show proof of current meningitis vaccination.
How TLU Health Services Works
Health Services, located in Hahn Annex, is staffed 40 hours each week, Monday-Friday, by a Physician Assistant. There is no charge for the visit. Students can be assessed by the PA and be advised on self care and/or referral to off-campus resources. Hours of operation are posted on the MyTLU Health Services page.
Flu shots are offered during the fall semester on campus. TLU Health Services also hosts events for blood donation and HIV testing.
TLUCare - 24/7 Telehealth for Students
We know the health and wellness of our student body impacts the strength of our university and the overall student experience. Because we place great emphasis on ensuring our students stay healthy in body and mind, we offer a 24/7 telehealth service - TLUCare - for students.
TLUCare provides around-the-clock access to quality medical and mental health counseling services. The medical providers and counselors are Texas board certified and specifically trained on student health. The providers fall in these various practice categories:
- Emergency medicine
- Family practice
- Internal medicine
- General practice
- Licensed professional counseling
- Licensed clinical social worker
- Licensed marriage and family therapist
TLUCare is a convenient and cost-effective way for individuals to receive healthcare and counseling for common conditions that can be safely and accurately diagnosed and treated online. TLUCare allows you to access a doctor or counselor from your residence hall, home, or anywhere 24/7/365 via a short phone visit or secure video visit.
What conditions can be treated by TLUCare?
Licensed providers are trained to treat a wide range of conditions. The most common include: colds, sinus infections, Influenza, bladder infections, pink eye, and yeast infections. Other medical conditions treated by TLUCare include: canker or cold sores, styes, swimmers ear, burns, lower back pain, insect bites, Pertussis, quitting tobacco, allergies/hay fever, exposure to sexually transmitted diseases, acne, athlete’s foot, Chickenpox, eczema or dermatitis, ingrown toenail, jock itch, ringworm, shingles, tinea, constipation and/or diarrhea (IBS), heartburn or acid reflux, malaria prevention, motion sickness prevention, and more.
Who makes the diagnosis?
A licensed, board-certified TLUCare provider physician (MD), nurse practitioner (NP), or physician assistant (PA) will review and discuss your symptoms, make a diagnosis, and develop your treatment plan.
Can I get a prescription?
TLUCare providers are licensed and able to prescribe certain medications as part of your care plan, if clinically appropriate. Examples of medications prescribed by TLUCare providers include antibiotics, inhalers, eyedrops, and antihistamines, as well as other therapeutic medications. TLUCare providers can also refill short-term supplies of maintenance medications in the event of a patient’s transition to a new doctor or inability to get in touch with their primary care doctor due to limited hours or appointments.
TLUCare does believe in safe prescribing of medications and the need for a patient to have a relationship with their primary care doctor. As such, TLUCare providers do not supply long-term medications for chronic illness and encourage patients to see their primary care doctor at least once a year. TLUCare providers do not provide prescriptions for controlled substances, lifestyle medications, hormone replacement therapies, or other potentially dangerous or addictive drugs.
How do I get a prescription filled?
TLUCare is not an online pharmacy, and they cannot fill prescriptions. If a prescription medication is part of your treatment plan, it will be sent to the pharmacy of your choice. You are responsible for the cost of any prescriptions, over-the-counter treatments, or follow-up visits you may need related to prescriptions. TLUCare counselors cannot write prescriptions.
How does online counseling work?
After logging in, you will be asked if you would like a medical visit or counseling visit. Select ‘talk with a counselor,’ answer a few simple questions and then one of the counselors will call you. Counselors are available 24 hours a day and the goal is to respond with you within the hour — many times much sooner. TLUCare counselors can treat: men’s issues, women’s issues, stress and anxiety, addictions, depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, trauma and PTSD, panic disorders, and much more.
Is there a limit on counseling appointments?
Students may schedule up to six counseling appointments a semester. There is no limit on crisis counseling.
Meningitis Vaccination Policy
To comply with state law, TLU requires that all new students, including transfer and readmissions, be immunized against bacterial meningitis (MCV4). The vaccination must have been given during the 5 year period preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of the first semester enrolled. Students age 22 and over are exempt from this law.
Acceptable evidence of vaccination includes an official record from a state or local health authority, or school record, or physician’s office; including signature or stamp of practitioner and month/day/year of vaccination. Vaccination from a pharmacy (CVS, Walgreens, etc.) is acceptable, but documentation of the vaccination is required (not just a receipt). Documentation should be sent to TLU Office of Admissions, 1000 W. Court St., Seguin, TX, 78155 or faxed to 830-372-8050.
A student has the right to claim exemption if the student submits (1) an affidavit or certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, in which it is stated that, in the physician's opinion, the vaccination would be injurious to the health of the student; or (2) an affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be used for on campus students. This form must be notarized.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that meningococcal disease strikes up to 3,000 Americans, killing 300 people a year. Up to 15 percent of those with the disease may suffer long-term permanent disabilities including hearing loss, limb amputations and brain damage.
Comprehensive Student Health Form
New Students are required to complete the Comprehensive Student Health Form which includes the student's medical and mental health history and disability accommodation needs.
The information provided will allow TLU staff to become aware of any special needs the student may have. If an emergency occurs, this information could be used to ensure the safest care possible for the student. The form can be completed online through MyTLU (login required).
Information For Parents
Independence and Confidentiality Issues
Most freshmen are at least 18 years old. In Texas, that means that they are now able to make all their own medical decisions and sign medical consents.
Breaking confidentiality and releasing information without permission from a student is against the law. It is helpful for parents to understand that healthcare providers may not release information about the healthcare of their children to anyone without the student's signed consent.
If your student will be under 18 from move-in date on into the semester, you will need to check and “sign” the "Parent/Guardian Authorization" section of the Health Form. This gives your consent for your student to be treated by the nurse and doctor.
Pre-College Health Exam
A physical exam is required of all intercollegiate athletes before they arrive on campus. Cheerleaders and athletic trainers are included. Other students do not need to have an exam on file.
A Meningococcal Meningitis vaccination is required by state law. All students under the age of 22 who are new, transfer, or readmits are required to show proof of vaccination. Contact your admissions representative for details.
Current immunization for the following are recommended for all students:
- DTaP(Diptheria, Tetanus, and acellular Pertussis) Your student should get a booster if he or she has not had one within the past 10 years.
- Polio: The series should have been completed in childhood.
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): Students should have two vaccinations.
- Hepatitis B: A blood-borne virus, considered to be a sexually transmitted disease, can cause inflammation of the liver, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, liver cancer and failure. The vaccination is given in a three-dose series over a six-month period.
Medical Records and Prescriptions
If your student has chronic medical problems, it is an excellent idea to have your primary health care provider send the health center a summary of their care, needed interventions, any restrictions on activity and medications used. If the problem involves a disability for which they will need accommodation in the classroom, you need to contact TLU's ADA Coordinator, Dr. Marlene Moriarity, as soon as possible.
The TLU Health Services does not dispense prescription medications. There are several chain
pharmacies (Wal-Mart, HEB, CVS, Walgreens). Unlike summer camp, your student is allowed to keep all their medications in their room. If they take an injectable prescription (i.e., insulin), they will need a regulation sharps container for disposal of used needles.
Local Health Care Facilities
Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, with a 24-hour emergency room, is located on the East side of Seguin. EMS (911) is available for emergencies. Local physician referral line: 830-303-4846.
First Aid Supplies
Every student should have some basic health care supplies and equipment to deal with minor illnesses and injuries. Suggestions include:
Band-Aids, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, medications for colds/allergies, digital thermometer, chemical cold pack (to reduce swelling after a fall, for example), etc.
Proof of health insurance is required of only athletes and international students. The university does not offer an insurance plan to students.