Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Parent FAQ

What should I do if my student is sick or injured?
If your student is sick or injured, please have them call the Health Care Clinic at 361-593-2904 for an appointment or log on to the student medical portal. The Health Care Clinic provides basic Family Practice care. Our facility includes Ambulatory, laboratory and Class D Pharmacy services. Those students requiring imaging studies (x-ray, ultrasound, CAT Scan, MRI) may be referred to off campus providers.

What if my student is unable to make an appointment?

Appointments are often filled days in advance. Walk-Ins are limited and seen on a first come first serve basis. Walk-ins with non-urgent issues may be asked to make an appointment or asked to return to the clinic at a later date or time. Students are encouraged to bring a current student ID to all appointments.

If the student needs medical attention today, here is a link to local providers.

Can my student be seen by a provider as a walk-in?

Walk-Ins are limited and seen on a first come first serve basis. Walk-ins with non-urgent issues may be asked to make an appointment or asked to return to the clinic at a later date or time. If your situation is an emergency, visit Christus Spohn Kleberg Hospital 1311 General Cavazos, Blvd. (361)595-1661.

Where can my student get a prescription filled?

The Health Care Clinic provides Class D Pharmacy Services.  Basic antibiotics, ear drops, eye drops, creams, pain relievers, and birth control are available for purchase.  The prescription is dispensed during your student’s visit with the provider.  Your student will be counseled about the medication when it is prescribed.  Prescription medications not available at the Health Care Clinic will be referred to pharmacy services off campus.

What if my student needs laboratory testing?

The Health Care Clinic utilizes a CLIA waived laboratory and is contracted with an outside vendor.  Cost of the testing is passed on to the student. Laboratory tests range from $3.00 to $53.00 (prices subject to change).  If the student has coverage by medical insurance, that information can be provided to the nurse at the time of the visit and submitted to CPL for billing purposes. Depending on insurance coverage and out of pocket expenses for the student, the provider may order laboratory tests at any outside or competing laboratory.

What if my student needs specialized services not provided by the Health Care Clinic?

In an emergency, we advise the student to call 911.

The Health Care Clinic works closely with specialists in Kleberg and Nueces County.  Referrals are made, by the Health Care Clinic provider, to specialists in the Preferred Provider Network (PPN).  Students must make an appointment with the provider in order to obtain a referral.

What if my student is under the age of 18?
By state law, the Health Care Clinic cannot treat students younger than 18 years of age without parental consent.

The parent must complete a Parental Medical Consent Form and return it to the Health Care Clinic.  Once you have completed this form, you do not have to accompany your student to their appointment.

The form can be obtained by visiting the Health Care Clinic or calling 361-593-2904.  Once the form is completed, it may be faxed back to our clinic at 361-593-2093.

Parent Consent Form

Do I have access to my student’s medical records at the Health Care Clinic?

If your student is 18 years of age or older, privacy laws prohibit sharing information without authorized consent from the patient.  In order for the provider to share information with parents, the student must complete and return the Release of Medical Records form to the Health Care Clinic.

The Release of Medical Records form can be obtained by visiting the Health Care Clinic or calling 361-593-2904.

In the event of an emergency, the Health Care Clinic will contact you if you are listed as an emergency contact on the student’s medical history form. 

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

Nurse Practitioners are Registered Nurses that have completed a graduate level education, either a Master’s and/or Doctoral program. Nurse Practitioners hold national certification and are licensed through state boards of nursing.

Nurse Practitioners assess, diagnosis, prescribe, treat, and order laboratory/radiological testing for physical and mental health conditions. Nurse Practitioners individualize patient care based upon their needs and the needs of their family. Disease prevention, patient education, and wellness are core philosophies of the Nurse Practitioner.

To learn more about Nurse Practitioners please visit http://www.aanp.org/

This page was last updated on: August 21, 2013