Student Health Services

Empowering Wellness, Nurturing Success!

Student Health Services provides acute care, health and wellness programs, birth control, STD checks, and assistance with mental health issues for FMU students, staff, and faculty.

Student Health Services works to enhance the educational process by utilizing every opportunity to promote lifelong health through review of health and social history and habits, assist students to make informed health related decisions and become good consumers of healthcare.

Appointments are not required, however, you may call ahead and let the nurse practitioner know that you coming at 843-661-1844. Students are always welcome to call with routine health related questions and speak with the staff.

Health Services Provided

The Student Health Center is available for:

  • STD education, testing, and treatment
  • Pregnancy testing and options counseling
  • Birth Control
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Diagnostic tests such as the rapid strep, rapid flu, COVID and urinalysis are available as indicated
  • Acute gastrointestinal problems
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Rashes
  • Insect Bites
  • Depression, Stress, and Anxiety (Referrals made as necessary to Student Counseling)

Student Health Services works closely with the FMU Counseling Center to meet the various mental health needs of students. Please call 843-661-1844 to speak to the Nurse Practitioner.

Birth Control Options available:

  • Birth Control Pills
  • The Patch
  • Nuva Ring
  • Depo-Provera Injections
  • Condoms

Confidentiality Policy

Any information given by students when seen in the Student Health Center will be treated as confidential. Information will be shared with the administration only in situations when suicide, homicide or abuse is a possibility. Students will be encouraged to share health care problems with their parents, but Student Health Service will NOT notify parents of a student’s visit.of the Pa

Immunization Requirements

All new and transfer students are required to provide documentation of the following prior to the completion of registration:

  1. Two doses of MMR Vaccine (measles, mumps, and rubella) does 1 and 2.
  2. A Tetanus (Td or Tdap) vaccination within ten years prior to admission.
  3. Meningococcal vaccine or signed waiver.
  4. Tuberculosis risk assessment form to determine if a skin test needs to be done.

Failure to complete and return the immunization record will lead to a hold being placed on registration. Immunization forms from other agencies will be accepted if the FMU requirements are met.

Immunization Form and Tuberculosis Assessment Form Submission

Completed forms should be sent via email or mail to:

Francis Marion University
Student Health Service
PO Box 100547
Florence, SC 29502

Student Health Insurance

While FMU does not have a preferred insurance carrier, students may acquire insurance from the following vendors and services, depending upon their needs and requirements. International Students are required to maintain certain levels of insurance coverage as indicated below.

General health insurance may be purchased through the national Health Insurance Marketplace.  Students should explore their options carefully as coverage, premiums, and eligibility varies.

International Student Health Insurance

Francis Marion requires all international students to carry health insurance for the duration of their stay which meets the below minimum requirements:

Students with a J-1 Visa

  • At least $100k per person per accident/illness
  • $25k for repatriation coverage
  • $50k for medical evaluation coverage
  • Medical deductible not to exceed $500 per accident/illness.

Students with a F-1 Visa

  • $100,000 or greater major medical benefit (per accident or injury).
  • $25,000 repatriation benefit.
  • $50,000 medical evacuation benefit  (to his or her home country).
  • Medical deductible not to exceed $500 (per  accident or illness).

If an international student has insurance that meets these requirements, they must submit a copy of the policy coverage and proof of validity (in English).  Students may acquire insurance coverage from the following vendors:

Pearce and Pearce

U.S. Government Health Insurance Marketplace


US NetCare

Compass Benefits Group

The Harbour Group

HTH Worldwide

Patient Rights and Responsibilities

All students can expect the following:

  • Provision of courteous, considerate care, as well as being treated with respect.
  • Privacy and confidentiality with regard to treatment and medical records.
  • Review of your medical records in the company of a professional, but they remain the property of Student Health Services.
  • Information regarding the effectiveness of treatment, and to know of possible risks, side effects, or alternate methods of treatment.
  • Introduction/knowledge of who is treating you.
  • Option to refuse treatment, or to ask for a second opinion or an alternative course of treatment, and to be informed of the medical consequences of their actions.
  • Information regarding personal responsibilities involved in seeking medical treatment and maintaining health and well-being after treatment.

Dissatisfaction with Services

Students may bring to our attention any dissatisfaction by contacting our Student Health Services Nurse Practitioner, Amy Shockley, FNP, 843-661-1844.

Student Health Services is in Room 217 of Smith University Center. The hours of operation are 8:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday when the University is open.

Hope Health at FMU is available if you need a primary care provider to monitor and treat chronic health conditions like asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disease, etc. They are located at 121 South Evander Drive and can be reached at 843-432-2935.

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed for Lunch:  12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Please call 843-661-1844 for more information regarding Student Health Services.

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Amy M. Shockley

Student Health Nurse Practitioner

Office: Health Services UC 2nd Floor
Phone: 843-661-1844