About Primary Care
Primary care describes first‐contact healthcare that’s comprehensive rather than specialized.
Primary care providers handle disease prevention and health promotion, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries, management of chronic medical problems, and coordination of medical care with specialists. They also educate patients on gaining control of their health.
Patient-Centered Team-Based Primary Care
Student Health now has Patient-Centered Team-Based Primary Care. This means each student has a trusted care team within Student Health to provide continuous and comprehensive care.
When students enter NC State, they are automatically assigned to a care team in the Primary Care Clinic. NC State has three medical teams composed of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified medical assistants. These providers work as a team enabling each patient to return to the same providers and team for continuity of care. The teams are designated by wolf names and consist of the Arctic Wolf Team, Gray Wolf Team, and Red Wolf Team. For more information regarding the Medical Teams see our Team Page.
Students are assigned a primary care medical team by their birth month.
|Student Birth Month||Primary Care Medical Team|
|January-April||Arctic Wolf Team|
|May-August||Red Wolf Team|
|September-December||Gray Wolf Team|
To confirm your assigned Medical Team you can access the HealthyPack Portal. Your team will be displayed on the appointment tab screen.
Our providers see students for a variety of common conditions, including but not limited to:
- Colds and flu‐type illnesses
- Acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, including motor vehicle accidents (X‐rays can be taken at the Student Health)
- Rashes and other skin disorders
- Headaches and head injuries
- Ear infections
- Sore throat and other mouth or neck problems
- Asthma and other chest symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems
- Exposure to infectious diseases, such as rabies, strep, mono, and Lyme disease
- Sexually transmitted disease screening, including HIV treatment and counseling
- Pregnancy testing
- Co-management of anxiety and depressive disorders with the Counseling Center
- ADD/ADHD management
Need a physical exam? Whether it’s a routine checkup or clearance for ROTC, athletic tryouts, Peace Corps, or other travel plans, our providers can help. We also do checkups for students who want to get their routine medication prescriptions at Student Health Services.
We also order lab tests, including but not limited to:
- Cholesterol, anemia, vitamin D, and B12 testing
- Diabetes screenings
- Gluten testing
- Thyroid screenings