Wright State campus after first snowfall of the season | Photograph by Soham Parikh | The Wright State Guardian
As cold and flu season continues with the spread of coronaviruses, here are some resources Wright State University students can use to stay well this semester.
Wright State Physicians
Wright State Physicians assumed the role of provider for WSU student health in January 2020. Full-time students who take 12 or more credit hours at Wright State are automatically enrolled into health insurance on personal student accounts, according to the WSU division of student affairs website. Students have the option to waive the coverage if insured elsewhere.
Mariah Jansing is a nurse practitioner who started with WSP in August 2021. Jansing explained the types of services WSP provides.
“A lot of students use us as more of, like, an urgent care service, so you know, upper respiratory, flu, joint pain. We also do chronic management for a number of things,” Jansing said.
According to the WSP website, the office does not take walk-ins due to COVID-19, but Jansing clarified how students can receive care.
“Now, students can either call the main number and schedule an appointment, and usually we’re pretty good at getting students seen within that week,” Jansing said.
The phone number for WSP is 937-245-7200. The physician’s office is located at 725 University Boulevard on campus with hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m.) Monday through Friday.
Using healthcare after graduation
Dr. Chris Taylor, dean of students at WSU, talked about the benefits students can receive by utilizing WSP even after graduation.
“If you go there, and you stay in the Dayton area because you graduate, and this is where your job is, you can stay with Wright State Physicians if you want, so you can sort of transport your healthcare into their bigger system,” Taylor said.
Mental health services
Jansing mentioned that sometimes incoming freshmen can have trouble adjusting to college life, which can lead to mental health issues.
“Sometimes, you’ll get some of the incoming freshmen who have never lived on their own before, and they are just trying to adapt, and that can cause a lot of mental stress,” Jansing said.
Taylor agreed with Jansing when talking about struggles among students who are experiencing college for the first time.
“Beginning of the semester, I think we’re going to see a lot of things that involve homesickness, particularly in our new students who are just adjusting to college,” Taylor said.
WSP can provide prescriptions for students dealing with depression and anxiety, but the physicians refer students with counseling needs to Counseling and Wellness, located at 053 in the Student Union.
A one-time $20 fee at the beginning of the semester is optional for students to receive services for free during the semester; this fee covers the cost for eight counseling sessions per semester. If students waive the fee, the cost of services is $20 per session.
Taylor explained the benefits of utilizing the services of Counseling and Wellness at Wright State.
“The counselors in there have similar degrees to what folks are doing in the outside world,” Taylor said.
The CWS office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. CWS accepts walk-ins, and students can also register for appointments at the CWS portal. Students can also access WSU’s Raider Cares, a 24-hour crisis phone service, at 937-775-4567.