Staffed by a physician and registered nurses daily, Student Health treats non-life threatening injuries and illnesses that do not require emergency room treatment at a hospital.

Below is a list of some of the common conditions treated in Student Health:

  • Flu
  • Cough
  • Sinus infections
  • Sore throats
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Stomach Aches
  • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea
  • Mono
  • Minor burns
  • Nose bleeds
  • Skin infections
  • Back pain
  • Muscle strains and sprains
  • Rashes
  • Cuts/bites/insect stings

Below is a list of some of the services provided in Student Health:

  • Nebulizer treatments
  • On-site lab testing such as strep throat, influenza, urine testing, mono testing and glucose screening
  • Loan crutches
  • Write prescriptions
  • Free over-the-counter medications 
  • Health education 
  • Referrals to specialists
Allergy Shots

The Student Health Center does not administer allergy shots. A list of providers in Western New York who provide allergy shots to Canisius students can be found at myCanisiusHealth.

Emergency Contact Information

In the event of a medical emergency, Student Health or a college official will make every effort to contact your emergency contact.  It is essential that you provide the college with the name, phone number and address of your emergency contact before you arrive on campus. Please update that information as needed. To submit or update your emergency contact information, please visit the registrar’s office.

Health Record Request

Physical Examination Form, Immunization Records, and Other Medical Records

Complete and submit the Authorization for Disclosure of Health Information Form to Student Health. Be sure the form indicates exact information you are requesting, correct dates  of service, full name and any other previous name, college ID, date of birth or social security number,complete address including zip code and the name and address of the individual who is to receive the information.

Student Health can not release information if the disclosure request is not clear or complete.

Student Health charges $0.75 per page to copy health records. Requests for record releases take about one week to process. Student Health does not fax records.

Student Health maintains your health record for a period of ten years after you have graduated or leave the college.

Lab and Diagnostic Testing

Student Health is registered with the New York State Department of Health as a  limited service laboratory and performs CLIA-Waived point of care diagnostic tests. These include rapid antigen testing for strep throat, COVID 19 and influenza, urine tests, rapid mono testing  and glucose testing. However, some conditions require more specialized laboratory testing. Some laboratory samples are collected on site for processing at Quest Laboratories.

Diagnostic testing such as x-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, etc. are done off campus. Our nursing staff, in consultation with the college physician, will make referrals for these tests. Payment for laboratory and diagnostic testing done off-campus are your responsibility.

Medical Clinics, Dental Services & Reproductive Health Services

A list of medical clinics, dentists and reproductive health providers is available at your MyCanisiusHealth portal. Click here to access the student portal.

Medical Note Policy

The Student Health Center understands that illness and injury may impact a student's ability to attend class or to carry out regular campus activities.  It is the intent of this policy to articulate how the Student Health Center will assist students during these stressful times.  Our primary response in each student encounter will be to advise students of their responsibility to notify professors and to make arrangements for missed classes or assignments directly with each professor, preferably before missing a class.  This approach encourages students, as emerging adults to advocate for themselves and to take responsibility for their health.

If however, a student is in need of additional assistance with faculty notification, the Student Health Center will follow the policy and procedures listed below.

The Student Health Center will provide a medical note when current clinical findings indicate the student is too ill or the injury too severe to safely recommend that individual to continue attending class or carrying out regular campus activities.  The medical and nursing staff will assess this based on the severity of signs and symptoms and make this recommendation as part of the treatment plan.

A student who comes to the Student Health Center stating that they were sick or injured and missed class because of illness or injury but were not seen for that illness or injury in the Student Health Center will not be given a note for missed classes prior to evaluation in Student Health. If current clinical findings support a recommendation to limit activities as part of the treatment plan, a medical note will be given from the day seen in clinic.

It is not the intent of the Student Health Center to use this policy to exempt students from class responsibilities or to interfere with individual professor's requirements for class attendance or coursework assignments.  It is ultimately the responsibility of the student to comply with each professor's course requirements and policy for missed classes.

A student must first notify professors directly of an illness/injury that prevents them from attending class. This notification can be done by e-mail or phone and should be done before missing the class.

The student must schedule an appointment by calling Student Health.   

The student must meet the Policy criteria listed above and the medical record must indicate that a recommendation was made by the Health Center physician or nursing staff to limit class as part of the treatment plan.  

Upon discharge from Student Health, students will receive an e-mail verification of their visit to Student Health. This verification is sent to the student at their college email address. Students should print and show this verification e-mail to their faculty as evidence of illness or injury.

If the professor does not accept the e-mail verification and requests a formal written note, the student must make an appointment for a nurse visit in Student Health to obtain the note.

The student must sign the Authorization for Release of Health Information form indicating who will receive the notification and what information is to be released by Student Health. 

If all of these steps are met, the Student Health Center will issue one note per illness for the student to share with professors. 

Emergency Situations
In the event a student is admitted to the hospital, in the emergency room or experiencing other medical emergency circumstances, and unable to notify professors, the student should contact the associate dean for their department. The dean will in turn notify the student's faculty. The student should obtain a medical note from the health care provider they are seeing at the time of the emergency and present that note to faculty if needed.

Medicines and Prescriptions

The Student Health Center provides some over the counter medications to relieve the physical discomfort associated with fever, cold and flu symptoms, sore throat, nausea and minor injuries. These medications are free.

Student Health Center physician may prescribe a prescription medication after you are seen in Student Health.  Student Health uses an e-prescribe services that sends prescriptions directly to your pharmacy.

Student Health does not write for medication refills prescribed by another physician.  If you take medication regularly, bring enough medication to campus with you to cover you until you go home.  Be sure to check that current medication will not expire while you are at school.

Off Campus Physician Services

In order to provide you with the best medical care, Student Health  may refer you to an off campus physician or specialist. A list of specialists and primary care providers is kept in the clinic for fast and efficient referrals. 

You must notify your health insurance carrier about the referral and obtain any authorization needed as you are responsible for payment for all off campus medical care. 

Student Health follows up with all students we send to an off campus provider. This ensures that we can provide you with any additional support you need at school as well as update your medical records. 

Sexual Assault

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, learn detailed information on how to get help.

The following individuals are campus resources for students who have been a victim of sexual assault or who have concerns about a possible sexual assault:

Title IX Coordinator
Terri L. Mangione, PhD
Old Main 102

Sexual Assault Liaison 
Eileen Niland, MS, LMHC, NCC
Counseling Center, Bosch 105

Special Health Needs

Our goal in assisting you with special health needs, not available in Student Health or on campus, is to link you to service providers in Western New York who provide the care and treatment needed to be a successful student at Canisius.

Students with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, seizure disorder, cancer, heart problems, etc., that require regular evaluation and management will be referred by Student Health to an off-campus physician. Students should have copies of their medical records sent from their treating physician to the specialist in Western New York.

The Student Health Center will refer students needing special nursing services such as dressing changes, intravenous therapy, respiratory therapy, injections, assistance with activities of daily living or other specialized nursing services to a local home care agency.   

The Griff Center for Academic Engagement is also available to assist student with special health needs. The office can be reach at 716.888.2170.

TB Testing

Students frequently need TB testing for internships, employment or travel. Testing can be done by blood test or by skin test. Student Health tests for TB using a blood test which is sent to Quest Diagnostics for processing. TB tests are billed to the student's insurance.

TB skin testing is not done in Student Health. A list of providers in Western New York who perform TB testing can be found at myCanisiusHealth.


Student Health does not loan wheelchairs. Anyone needing a wheelchair while on campus should contact a medical supply company to arrange to rent one. The American Red Cross may also be able to loan wheelchairs for a short period of time.