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Health Services

Health Services During COVID-19

The Health Services office is open by appointment only.  Please email healthservices@simpson.edu or call 515-961-1604 to make an appointment Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm.  If this is an urgent manner, call Campus Security at 515-961-1711. If this is a medical emergency, call 911 and inform the dispatcher of your symptoms.
COVID-19 is a new virus, and the information changes quickly.  Please visit our COVID-19 web page for the latest up-to-date information. 

You can also visit the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) for specific guidelines in Iowa or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for general COVID-19 information. 
We all have a responsibility in this pandemic, and we appreciate you doing your part.


Simpson College Health Services (HS) supports the College's mission by providing individual student attention. More specifically, Health Services:

  • Provides health care and preventative care to students
  • Educates students and promotes healthy lifestyles
  • Prepares young adults to navigate the health care system
  • Teaches students how to advocate for their health care needs

To make an appointment, please email healthservices@simpson.edu or call 515-961-1604.

Michelle Collette, ARNP-FNP
Medical Director & Nurse Practitioner

Katie Lee, RN, BSN
Director of Health Services & Nurse

Health Records Requirement:
All incoming students are required to complete the electronic health form and provide proof of immunizations through the electronic health records, Medicat. Login into the patient portal here by using your Simpson username and password. 

Services offered:

  • Emergency first aid services
  • Assessment of illness and injury
  • Referral and appointment assistance to appropriate health care providers (specialists, dentist, immunizations, etc. at the student’s expense)
  • Over-the-counter medications and basic medical supplies at no charge. Includes acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, cold symptom relief, throat lozenges, cough drops, antibiotic ointment, bandages, disposable thermometers, etc.
  • Some prescription medications may be ordered at HS and picked up at the local pharmacy
  • Medical equipment at no charge: crutches, slings, ace wraps, ice packs, etc.
  • Free testing: Strep, Mono, Urine, Blood Glucose, Pregnancy, COVID-19
  • Emergency Contraception offered at a discounted rate of $15
  • Ongoing birth control shots such as Depo
  • Health education materials and resources
  • Wellness programming and events throughout the year
  • No allergy shots are given at Health Services.  Please see the list of local providers for such services.

Important Forms

Indianola Medical Clinics

Students may access medical care in Indianola at one of the following clinics. Students calling for appointments should identify themselves as a Simpson student and present proof of insurance and photo ID.  Money may be needed for a co-pay at the time of the visit.

The Iowa Clinic
1504 N 1st St
Ph: 515-875-9520

Indianola Family Medicine/Unity Point
301 E. Hillcrest Ave
Ph: 515-961-3700

Mercy One Indianola Clinic
307 E. Scenic Valley Ave
Ph: 515-961-8448

Warren County Public Health
301 N Buxton Street
Ph: 515-961-1074

After Hours Care: Daily & Weekends
Emergency – Dial 911 or Campus Security @ 515-961-1711
Contact your Community Advisor (CA) or Area Coordinator if you become ill or injured.  They will assist you in accessing care.

Phone assessment of a medical situation/Daily & Weekends
My Unity Point Nurse 877-242-8899
Mercy Family Help Line 800-468-0050

Indianola Pharmacies
Hy-Vee 515-962-9444, 901 N. Jefferson Way
Medicap Pharmacy 515-961-5303, 208 E. Euclid
Walgreens 515-961-4867, 1000 N. Jefferson Way
Walmart 515-961-8960, 1500 N. Jefferson Way

Sexual Transmitted Infection (STI) testing
Free STI/HIV testing is available at Health Services every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1:00 - 3:00 starting in September through April.  This service is provided for any Simpson students free of charge, no insurance necessary.  The test includes chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV.  Additional STI testing can be located in Des Moines at Polk County Public Health.   

Transportation options for students in Indianola and the surrounding area can be found here.

Students needing special or emergency care should utilize the hospitals in the Des Moines area.  Des Moines Hospitals include Unity PointMercy One, and Broadlawns Medical Center.   All hospital services are at the student’s expense.

Medical Excuses
When an extended illness, hospitalization, or family emergency occurs, the Office of Student Development (x1592 or x1306) should be notified.  Student Development will begin the process of notifying the student’s faculty and other college personnel.  When a minor illness occurs which causes absence from class, it is the student’s responsibility to notify instructors of the reason for the absence from class.  It is also the student’s responsibility to make up the work missed during any class absence.

Physical Exams
A yearly physical exam is recommended for all students.  All athletes are required to receive a physical and turn completed forms into HS or the Athletic Trainers. NCAA regulations require that the athletic physical exam be dated within six months of the athlete’s first scheduled practice.  In addition, NCAA requires the physical exam to be performed by a M.D or D.O (not a P.A or N.P).

Tuberculosis (TB) Testing Policy
Simpson College has developed the following Tuberculosis Testing Policy June 2013 regarding tuberculosis testing in accordance with the American College Health Association guidelines.

Study Abroad
Simpson College highly recommends that students and college personnel traveling to high-risk areas of the world complete a TB test within 8-10 weeks after leaving the area of high incidence.  Areas of high incidence and local testing resources can be found above on the “TB Screening Form.”