Health Clinic

Summary

The Health Clinic is located inside the Wellness Center and offers a variety of health care services, programs and information resources to help students maintain optimal emotional and physical health. We provide general medical services for acute conditions, minor illnesses and injuries, over-the-counter medications, first aid and CPR.

The Florida Poly Health Clinic provides students with the highest quality care for physical, psychological and developmental concerns. We acknowledge the integral importance of background and culture in shaping all of us, and we value the individual diversity that each student brings to campus.

If You Need Help

IF YOU NEED HELP RIGHT NOW (for crisis situations only)

If you are in need of urgent medical or mental health care, please dial 9-1-1 at any time of the day or night or visit Lakeland Regional Medical Center’s emergency room or your nearest hospital.

If you are experiencing a psychological crisis and it is during normal business hours, please visit the Health Clinic immediately. (In the event that crisis counseling is not instantly available for some reason, such as when the counselor has stepped away to teach classes or workshops, simply contact an after-hours provider listed below.)

If you are experiencing a psychological crisis and it is after normal business hours (or other help is not currently available), please dial:

  • Lakeland Regional’s 24-hour Crisis Hotline: (863) 687-1112
  • Peace River Center’s 24-hour Mobile Crisis Response Team in Lakeland: (863) 519-3744
  • National Suicide Prevention Life-Line: 800-273-8255
  • 9-1-1 at any time to have help sent directly to your current location

For general (non-clinical) questions about health services, email us at: HealthServices@FLPoly.org

Mission and Vision

Mission

The Florida Poly Health Clinic is a department in the Division of Student Affairs with the goal to become a healthcare leader among university counseling and health centers in Florida and beyond. It is the mission of the Florida Poly Health Clinic to provide students with the highest quality care for physical, psychological and developmental concerns. We acknowledge the integral importance of background and culture in shaping all of us, and we value the individual diversity that each student brings to campus.

We aim to support students as they navigate the challenges of earning a college education and growing into high-achieving graduates. The Florida Poly Health Clinic subscribes to a holistic health model that recognizes the connection between mind, body, and spirit and the importance of self-care for the promotion of personal well being. As part of our mission, we strive to implement a primary prevention approach through teaching healthier lifestyle choices and identifying the early warning signs of potential problems before they intensify into major obstacles.

Philosophy & Vision

The Florida Poly Health Clinic is the hub of all campus health and wellness services. We encourage students to pursue their highest potential for well being, so they may fulfill their academic, professional, and personal aspirations through a state of growth and self-empowerment. We believe that wellness is a way of life and involves achieving a balanced mind, body and spirit. College can be a stressful time for students, and this is especially true for STEM students given the rigor of their academic programs. On occasion, students may face personal issues that include anxiety, depression, homesickness, difficulty adjusting to college, relationship break-ups, low self-confidence, test anxiety, time management concerns, eating disorders, sleeping problems and other issues.

To keep major obstacles from interfering with students’ lives and academic performance, we take a proactive stance toward wellness that involves raising overall health awareness around campus, teaching how to identify early warning signs of potential problems, implementing stress management and other effective coping strategies, and reducing the stigmas associated with seeking professional help. This equips students with the tools necessary for feeling and functioning better, as well as achieving overall self-enhancement.

We strongly support student diversity, social justice and inclusion of persons of different and/or disadvantaged backgrounds. We recognize the importance of multicultural awareness in creating a campus climate of acceptance and belonging. As such, we are committed to advocating for students who identify as persons of color, LGBTQIA students, persons with disabilities, low-income and first-generation college students, international students, persons with diverse religious faiths or practices, military veterans, and non-traditional aged college students, among others.

About the Health Clinic

About the Health Clinic

The Health Clinic is located inside the Wellness Center and offers a variety of health care services, programs and information resources to help students maintain optimal emotional and physical health. Services include mental health counseling, crisis intervention, professional consultation, regular educational programs, and interactive workshops. In addition, we provide general medical services for acute conditions, minor illnesses and injuries, over-the-counter medications, first-aid, and CPR. We also provide community resources and referrals to local health care providers and specialists as needed. There are three different offices located within the Florida Poly Health Clinic.

The Office of Health Services provides a registered nurse who is on-duty for routine nursing treatments of acute and minor conditions. The campus nurse is available during business hours when school is in session, and the cost of basic services is free for all students. Anyone who has a health concern, becomes sick, or suffers a non-serious injury should swing by the Office of Health Services for evaluation and/or treatment. Please remember that any chronic or major medical conditions should be treated by a student’s regular doctor. If a serious and urgent health problem arises, a student should dial 9-1-1 or visit the Lakeland Regional Medical Center Emergency Room or nearest hospital.

The Office of Counseling Services provides mental health counseling for students who need help working through and overcoming personal problems. Counseling sessions are free to the student and are held private and confidential. Sessions are tailored to accommodate each person’s needs. Students are encouraged to ask the counselor any questions they may have about treatment. We do not prescribe psychiatric medications, but we do have a referral network of local providers who conduct medication evaluations and write prescriptions if needed. Please call the Office of Counseling Services during business hours to schedule a personal counseling appointment. See below for more information about the counseling process and to know what to expect during sessions.

The Office of Disability Services coordinates academic accommodations for students with mental, physical and developmental disabilities. This office requires certain documentation from a medical or mental health professional to be able to offer various accommodations to students. Such academic accommodations may include extra time on tests and quizzes, an isolated testing room for a quieter and less distracting environment, preferential seating in the front row of the classroom, and note-taking assistance, among other modifications. Please visit this office to get the application forms, or download them from this website, in order to be considered for disability services. If and when a student’s application is approved, the Office of Disability Services will provide the student with a letter to present to instructors, and a letter will also be sent to faculty notifying them of the accommodations. While it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to ensure they have received the adjustments they need in the classroom, this office is the first point of contact for all students with disabilities and will try to ensure that every qualified person who needs reasonable accommodations on campus can get them.

Hours of Operation

  • Medical and nursing services are available at Florida Poly:
    • Monday – Friday: 1:00pm-5:00pm.
    • Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary.
  • Counseling and disability services are available Monday through Friday from 8 am-5 pm. Students are seen by appointment only, so please call ahead of time. If there is a mental health crisis situation, please find instructions at the bottom of this page.

Contact Information

  • For general (non-clinical) questions about health services, email us at: HealthServices@FLPoly.org.
  • To speak with a nurse during regular business hours, please call (863) 874-8769.
  • To schedule a counseling appointment or to seek disability services, please contact:
    • Casey Fox
      Wellness Counselor
      863.874.8652
      crfox@flpoly.org
  • If you are emailing, please remember that email is not a secure form of communication and, therefore, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. It is recommended that you do not use email to discuss medical or mental health concerns of an urgent nature. The above email addresses may not be checked on a daily basis; if there is an emergency and you need help, please dial 9-1-1 or visit your nearest hospital.