Health Services

Safeguarding the Health of Our Students

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Fall Immunization


All new incoming students are required to show proof of immunization. Immunization forms will not be accepted if the form is incomplete.

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TSU COVID-19 Testing & Tracing

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  • first-aid,
  • emergencies,
  • counseling on health problems,
  • gynecology,
  • referrals,
  • and the communication of pertinent information to consulting physicians, hospitals, clinics and other agencies.

Fall/Spring Hours

Monday- Friday -8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday- Sunday- closed

Summer Hours

Monday- Friday -8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday- Sunday- closed 


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Health Services Student Health Services is maintained to safeguard the health of students. Clinics are held Monday - Friday by a physician who:

  • Examines,
  • Administers, or
  • Prescribes treatment and medication.

Students suffering from complex medical/surgical problems are hospitalized at local hospitals of their choice (at their own expense). The university accepts no responsibility for any student requiring hospitalization or specialty referrals. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan. The enrollment information is located in the Student Health Center (Room #304 in the Floyd-Payne Campus Center).


Student Health Plan

In order to avoid any lapse in your coverage, students are encouraged to inquire about any student health insurance. Please see informative link below regarding insurance plans for Domestic and International Student Health Insurance .

Student Health Insurance Exchange Update

International Student Insurance Information

Student Health Insurance Information

Health Insurance Marketplace
Health Insurance Marketplace allows you choose an insurance health plan that is right for you. It gives you different types of health plans to meet a variety of needs and budget. Please visit for more information. Open enrollment is November - January.

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Immunization Requirements 

The state of Tennessee requires students entering colleges, universities, and technical institutes with enrollment of greater than 200 students to provide proof of two (2) doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine on or after the first birthday or proof of immunity to measles. As well as proof of month and year of history of varicella (chicken pox) or two (2) doses of Varicella vaccination.

In compliance with this law, and in an attempt to maintain a safe and healthy campus environment, Tennessee State University requires that all entering students, born after
1957, furnish documented proof of having immunity to measles or having been immunized with two doses of MMR vaccine on or after the first birthday unless contraindicated because of pregnancy, allergy to a vaccine component, or other valid medical reason(s).

The law states that immunizations are not required if they conflict with the parents, or guardians, (or individuals over 18) religious tenets and practices, affirmed under the penalties of perjury. They are also not required if a qualified physician shall certify that administration of such immunization would be in any manner harmful to the child involved. (TCA Section 49-6-5001). 

The Certificate of Immunization must be completed and signed by a licensed M.D. or D.O. and returned to the TSU Student Health services.


The State of Tennessee as of July 1, 2013 requires all new incoming students to obtain an inoculation for meningococcus or sign a waiver stating that they do not want the vaccine. This is an ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, relative to vaccinations for meningococcal disease. Students with asthma, diabetes or other chronic health problems should make arrangements with their primary care provider to receive flu shots.

**As of Fall 2003 TSU will begin a Hepatitis awareness campaign.  Students are urged to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B.  They are serious, infectious diseases that affect the liver.  College lifestyle factors increase the risk for the contraction of Hepatitis as well as other diseases transmitted through blood and body fluids.  Many students share almost everything.  They may eat/drink after one another, share personal items such as earrings, razors, even toothbrushes and have unprotected sex.  Students and parents should contact their Primary Care Provider for this immunization.

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Please complete the following forms:

Send the forms to:  

Student Health Services
Tennessee State University
Kean Hall Room 304
P.O. Box 9528
Nashville, TN 37209

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Director/ Campus Physician  Dr. Ivan R. Davis, Sr. MD
Campus Physician   Dr. Edward R. Hills OB GYN
Nurse Practitioner Beatrice B. Edmundson RN FNP
Lead Nurse Walretta H. Chandler LPN
Nurse Olivia Brown RN
Administrative Assistant Bonita Collins
Pharmacist Arlesia Frelix PT

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TSU COVID-19 Testing & Tracing

For the past several months, TSU faculty and staff members have been creating and implementing plans to keep the University community as safe and healthy as possible during the world’s worst health crisis in our lifetimes. These plans include detailed instructions from the Tennessee State Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control and other agencies regarding testing, contact tracing, face-coverings, physical distancing, hygiene, facility cleaning, and other guidelines designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.During a recent call it was determined to change the previously agreed upon testing process. 

TSU has self-testing kits available for students, faculty and staff, with pre-paid express shipping.  Kits are available at the Campus Health Center located on the third floor of the Floyd-Payne Campus Center. If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, contact the Campus Health Center at (615) 963-5291, email: or contact the TSU COVID-19 non-emergency phone line and email at (615) 963-6888

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Please make sure to visit Fall Reopening website regularly for the most up-to-date information and guidance.

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Our Mission

The Tennessee State University Health Services aims to provide quality outpatient health care and education to all students and to empower students with knowledge of their personal health status and educate them on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout their lives. Student Health Services is maintained to safeguard the health of the students.  All activities are carried out with emphasis on education for the promotion of good health.

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