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Medication Injections ordered by the Student’s Outside Physician

The nurses at the Student Health Center are available for injections ordered by their private (outside) physician. These are limited to intramuscular and subcutaneous injections only. IV infusions cannot be administered in the Student Health Center.

Prior to the first injection appointment, the student should have their doctor send the nursing staff the information about the required injections for the Medical Director to review. (Fax: 202-885-1222 – Attention: Sarah Hynes RN or Ginta Carlson RN). In some instances, it may not be feasible for the nurses to inject certain medications (e.g. Cancer medications) and we would like to be able to alert the student to this as early as possible.

Nurses can inject from single-use vials and injector pens.

Students will need a written order from their prescribing physician prior to coming in for their injection. The order should indicate the diagnosis, name of the medication, dose, route, and frequency. The student will be responsible for bringing in the sealed injection at each appointment since medication cannot be stored in the Student Health Center.

As this will be a nurse appointment, be aware that the student will not be seen by a provider (physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant). Providers are always present and will be available for any emergency.