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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dr. Bob Smith Health Center

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The mission of the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center is to provide quality, caring, cost-effective and convenient ambulatory healthcare services. Students also have access to healthcare education services that promote healthy lifestyles and enhance academic productivity. The healthcare services and university-wide education initiatives help students achieve a satisfying and rewarding college experience.

Beginning in fall 2013, a new fee for health services was charged to the student tuition account. The fee is mandatory for all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the Dallas and Plano campuses and is separate from any mandatory insurance costs.

For each term (fall and spring) the fee is:

  • $100 per term for full-time undergraduates
  • $50 per term for part-time undergraduates
  • $50 for all graduate students

This fee is assessed only to students who do not reside in a residence hall. Otherwise, this fee is incorporated in the student’s rent.

The fee allows the University to enhance healthcare facilities and services for students, including increased access to specialists and mental health counselors. It is important to note that students also are required to maintain health insurance to cover the costs of specialty care, prescriptions, emergency care, inpatient care and other off-campus health services. This requirement can be met either by purchasing the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) or an alternative insurance plan that has comparable benefits.

All SMU students paying tuition and fees, including the Health Center Fee, are eligible for the following services at no additional cost. These services are independent from those covered by SHIP or a student’s private health insurance. Students who are in programs that do not charge fees, including the General Student Fee and the Health Center Fee, can pay at time of service.

Primary care medical services at the Health Center at no additional cost, including:

  • Medical appointments during weekday hours
  • Access to a convenient pharmacy on premises
  • Influenza vaccinations

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), including:

  • Psychological evaluation and short-term therapy
  • Initial psychiatric medication evaluation
  • 24-hour crisis on-call services

Health Education programs, including:

  • Alcohol and other drug evaluation and education
  • Nutrition counseling and education
  • Sexual health and relationships consultation and education


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