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The mission of Simpson College Student Health Services (SHS) supports the mission of the college by promoting integrative learning that enables students of all ages to develop intellectual and practical skill with respect to health care.  SHS also teaches values which foster personal worth and individuality by assisting students to advocate for themselves in the health care industry.  Last, SHS supports the college’s mission by graduating students who continue to grow as free, responsible and fulfilled individuals in the world of family, work, service and scholarship.  SHS supports students in their academic success and teaches them life skills learned outside a class room setting.

More specifically, Student Health Services:

  • Provides health care and preventative care to students
  • Educates students and promotes healthy lifestyles
  • Prepares young adults to navigate the health care system
  • Teaches students how to advocate for their health care needs
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Services offered:

  • Emergency first aid services
  • Assessment of illness and injury
  • Referral and appointment assistance to appropriate health care providers (physicians, specialists, dentist, immunizations, etc. at the student’s expense)
  • Over-the-counter medications and basic medical supplies at no charge. Includes: Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, cold symptom relief, throat lozenges, cough drops, antibiotic ointment, bandages, disposable thermometers, etc.
  • Medical equipment at no charge: crutches, slings, ace wraps, ice packs, etc.
  • Free testing: Strep, Mono, Urine, Blood Glucose, Pregnancy
  • Emergency Contraception offered at discounted rate of $15
  • Ongoing birth control shots such as Depo
  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Health education materials and resources
  • Wellness programming and events throughout the year
  • Student Health 101
  • No allergy shots are given at Student Health Services.  Please see list of local providers for such services.

Important Forms

Indianola Medical Clinics

Students may access medical care in Indianola at one of the following clinics. Students calling for appointments should identify themselves as a Simpson student  and present proof of insurance and photo ID.  Money may be needed for a co-pay at the time of the visit.

The Iowa Clinic
1504 N 1st St
Ph: 515-875-9000
Fax: 515-875-9521
Urgent Care/Walk-In Appointments Available: Monday-Friday 7:00am-8:00am & 4:00pm-5:30pm.

Indianola Family Medicine/Unity Point
301 E. Hillcrest Ave
Ph: 515-961-3700
Fax: 515-961-0161
Urgent Care:
Call for appointments

Mercy Indianola Clinic
307 E. Scenic Valley Ave
Ph: 515-961-8448
Fax: 515-643-9100
Urgent Care
Various hours 7 days a week
 Physical Therapy

Warren County Public Health
301 N Buxton Street
Ph: 515-961-1074
Fax: 515-961-1083

After Hours Care: Daily & Weekends
Emergency – Dial 911 or Campus Security @ 515-961-1711
Contact your Community Advisor (CA) or Area Coordinator if you become ill or injured.  They will assist you in accessing care.


Phone assessment of a medical situation/Daily & Weekends
My Nurse 877-242-8899
Mercy Nurse 515-243-2584


Indianola Pharmacies
Hy-Vee 515-961-2025, 901 N. Jefferson Way
Medicap Pharmacy 515-961-5303, 208 E. Euclid
Walgreens 515-961-4867, 1000 N. Jefferson Way
Walmart 515-961-8960, 1500 N. Jefferson Way


Sexual Transmitted Infection (STI) testing
Free STI testing available at Warren Co. Public Health Offices located at 301 N. Buxton St. Suite 203.  Testing available every 3rd Monday of the month starting Sept. 18th, 2017 from 2-5pm.  This service is provided for any Simpson Student free of charge, no insurance necessary.  Test includes: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV.  Additional STI testing can be located in Des Moines at Polk County Public Health.   


Transportation options for students in Indianola and surrounding area can be found here.


Students needing special or emergency care should utilize the hospitals in the Des Moines area.  Des Moines Hospitals include: Unity Point, Mercy Medical Center, and Broadlawns Medical Center.   All hospital services are at the student’s expense.


Medical Excuses
When an extended illness, hospitalization, or family emergency occurs, the Office of Student Development (x1592 or x1306) should be notified.  Student Development will begin the process of notifying the student’s faculty and other college personnel.  When a minor illness occurs which causes absence from class, it is the student’s responsibility to notify instructors of the reason for the absence from class.  It is also the student’s responsibility to make the up the work missed during any class absence.


Physical Exams
A yearly physical exam is recommended for all students.  All athletes are required to receive a physical and turn completed forms into SHS or the Athletic Trainers. NCAA regulations require that the athletic physical exam be dated within six months of the athlete’s first scheduled practice.


Tuberculosis (TB) Testing Policy
Simpson College has developed the following Tuberculosis Testing Policy June 2013 regarding tuberculosis testing in accordance with the American College Health Association guidelines.


Study Abroad
Simpson College highly recommends that students and college personnel traveling to high risk areas of the world complete a TB test within 8-10 weeks after leaving the area of high incidence.  Areas of high incidence and local testing resources can be found above on the “TB Screening Form.”