Many schools require physical examination forms before a student can begin classes, especially gym classes. An urgent care center will offer these physical examinations to any age group, including toddlers, children, teenagers, and adults so that they can enroll in preschool, elementary school, high school, or college. It is better to schedule these examinations several months before enrollment in a school to avoid the last-minute rush that occurs right before a semester begins. Make sure to bring along the official documents that are required by a school so that we can provide the proper information.
The main focus of these physical examinations is to determine if a student has the correct immunizations for communicable conditions such as:
- Hepatitis A and B
Our urgent care center’s physicians recommend bringing along your immunization record so that we can complete your school physical form quickly. In some cases, we can also update vaccines that have been missed or that require boosters to keep you or your child healthy.
The examination at our urgent care center will include checking your child’s height, weight, and overall health. We can also check a patient’s hearing or visual acuity to determine if an additional examination is required from a hearing specialist or an optometrist. For older patients, we can also discuss the sexual history and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. We may ask questions about smoking cigarettes or the use of illegal drugs.
A physician will check a patient’s throat, nose, lungs, and heart to find any infections or abnormalities. We can collect blood or urine to check for problems such as anemia or infections that require treatment. Our physician can check a patient’s blood pressure or look at chest X-rays to determine if someone has a heart issue or tuberculosis. An important part of school physical examinations is learning more about the patient’s mental well-being to address issues such as anxiety or depression.
Throughout the physical examination, a physician will complete the school’s official forms, making notes about any problems that are noticed. The physician may make recommendations about seeing a specialist for another examination, but you may receive a completed form that states that you are in perfect health.
If you are in need of a physical examination for school we can get this done in a very timely manner. Come into WellCare Urgent Care to complete your school physical today! You can schedule an immediate appointment online at our Cascade and Leonard locations.