Administrative Support and Services

Lab Testing

Health Service has a small on-site lab which can draw bloodwork and perform basic laboratory tests ordered by our clinicians. Labs not processed on site are sent to Quest Laboratory.  We cannot process orders from clinicians outside of Health Service. Check with your insurance company if you can use Quest is an "in-network" clinical laboratory, to ensure your tests are covered and paid for by the insurance company. If Quest is not an "in-network" provider with your insurance, ask your insurance company for providers in the area and call the Business Office if you need further assistance. 

The lab is open the same hours the Health Service is open.  For Health Service hours please visit our page.

If you need information about how these services are billed to the insurance company or to the patient, please refer to Billing information.

Tests Ordered by Providers outside of Health Service
Health Service has discontinued the practice of drawing and processing orders from clinicians outside of Health Service.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
We have found that official draw stations have systems and computer interfaces that allow the central laboratory to process and track the results more reliably.
If your own doctor or specialist wants to order lab tests for you, they should send the order electronically, or provide you with a lab order form that includes test names, CPT codes, diagnosis, and ICD10 diagnosis codes.  
The closest draw station is within walking distance (see below):

Monday 7am to 7pm
Tuesdays to Fridays 7am to 5pm

Drawing Stations near Tufts University Medford Campus
Clinical Laboratory Testing sent to Quest Diagnostics via Tufts University Health Service

Some tests cannot be done at the Health Services Clinical Laboratory.  We can collect the specimen and send it to Quest Diagnostics (Quest) for evaluation. 

Labs done by Quest are billed directly to the insurance company.  Check with your insurance company if you can use Quest is an "in-network" clinical laboratory, to ensure your tests are covered and paid for by the insurance company. If Quest is not an "in-network" provider with your insurance, ask your insurance company for providers in the area and call the Business Office if you need further assistance. 

Accessing your health information has never been easier. MyQuest delivers critical information directly to your computer, tablet and smart phone giving you the tools you need to view, access and securely share your health information wherever you go. Look at all the things it can do for you.
  • Pay your Quest bill
  • Check your invoice status
  • View and update insurance information
  • Review test results


Medical Illness Documentation Policy

Health Service provides "Medical Notes" in only limited circumstances. Students who are temporarily too ill or injured to take an in-class mid-term or final exam will be offered medical documentation. They must be seen prior to the exam and must notify their professor prior to the exam. These guidelines do not apply to those with documented disabilities who have been granted academic accommodations by Student Accessibility Services.  For more information you can access the Medical Illness Documentation Policy provided by the Office of Academic Advise and Support. 

All other academic responsibilities that cannot be met due to medical illness should be communicated directly between student and professor, using the "Illness Notification Form" that is available in SIS. To access the Illness Notification Form, log in to SIS, click on "Student Living" and choose "webcenter" from the drop down menu.

Illness Notification Forms should be used for the following circumstances, but do not serve as excuses for these:

  • Missed classes
  • Missed Labs
  • Missed Seminars
  • Missed Quizzes
  • Papers that Need to be Delayed
  • Oral Presentations
  • Take Home Exams

Students having any issues with implementation of this policy, or problems making up work missed due to illness, should contact their Advising Dean for assistance.

Faculty: See "When Students Get Sick"

Obtaining Medical Records

For your convenience, Health Service can provide you or a third party with copies of your protected health information. Students who would like to take advantage of this service should complete and sign our Authorization to Release Medical Records form and bring it to the front desk in Health Service (124 Professors Row), via fax to 617-627-3592 or via email to

While you are enrolled at Tufts, you can also request copies of your medical records by sending a message to "General Service" via the Patient Portal. We will send you your medical record as a .pdf via the Patient Portal.

Obtaining a Physician Referral 

If you need care from a specialist, we can refer you to a qualified professional. 

If you have the Student Health Insurance, please review Referral to outside providers

If you have Private Insurance, you can find out what the coverage is by calling the number or visiting the insurance website listed on your health insurance card. You can ask what the benefits cover, if there is a yearly deductible, and if there are limits to coverage. You can find out who the in-network providers are by going to your insurance website and following the links for specialists and typing in various parameters for a search. If you give that list to our staff we can review the names and will try to make suggestions. 

For further assistance, you can contact the business office.

  • Referrals made by Tufts University Health and Wellness should not be considered to be recommendations.
  • Tufts University does not license, endorse, or recommend any particular provider, nor does it conduct any due diligence about the quality of the care given by any provider. 
  • Tufts University is not responsible for the professional services rendered by those healthcare or counseling professionals and is not responsible for their availability.
  • Those healthcare or counseling professionals will not refer your healthcare matter back to Tufts University Health and Wellness and will not share any personal health information with Tufts University Health and Wellness unless you make a specific written request in accordance with applicable law. 
  • Tufts University urges students (i) to check with their insurance company whether the provider is covered as an “in-network provider” prior to the first appointment; and (ii) to interview the provider at the first appointment to make sure such provider is a good fit.

Preferred Name Change

Contact our Business Office in Health Services to have your preferred name updated in your electronic medical record.

Click here for more information on how to update your legal name in other electronic services across Tufts.

Click here for more information on how to update your preferred name in other electronic services across Tufts.

Outside Resources:

Prescription Medication

The clinicians at Health Service can prescribe medication if you need it. If you get a prescription through us, you will  select a pharmacy and we will transmit the order to them electronically. If you prefer, we can give you a hard-copy prescription to take to your pharmacy in person.

  • Your co-pay, the percent of the overall cost of the drug you are responsible for, depends on your insurance.
  • The co-pay for any given medication will be the same at every pharmacy.
  • When the pharmacy fills your prescription, they will submit the information electronically to your insurance company.
Inman Pharmacy Delivery Service

Many students use Inman Pharmacy for its  convenient delivery service. Inman Pharmacy is an independent pharmacy in Cambridge that fills and delivers prescriptions to Health Service on the Medford/Somerville campus. The pharmacy makes daily deliveries during Health Service hours of operation.

To process your prescription, Inman Pharmacy will need your insurance information and a credit card to which the co-pay can be charged.

Inman Pharmacy provides this delivery service as a convenience to the students. If you use this service, any communication is strictly between you and the pharmacy. Tufts University is not responsible for providing payment information or collecting payment for services or products. Once the prescription leaves the pharmacy it cannot be returned.

Deliveries of prescriptions are made to Health Service on a pre-arranged schedule. The following are approximate times:

  • During the academic year, Monday to Friday 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.
  • During breaks and holidays, 2:30 p.m.
Inman Pharmacy

Phone: 617-876-4868
Fax: 617-547-9521
Address: 1414 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA

Other Local Pharmacies

Rite Aid Pharmacy
Monday through Saturday - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Davis Square
393 Highland Avenue, Somerville
617-776-7730 (phone) / 617-776-2372 (fax)

CVS Pharmacy
7 days a week - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
1 Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
617-629-4156 (phone) / 617-629-4758 (fax)

CVS Pharmacy
7 days a week - 24 hours a day
Wellington Circle, at the intersection of Routes 28 and 16 East
590 Middlesex Fells Parkway, Medford
781-391-2668 (phone) / 781-396-4113 (fax)

Walgreens Pharmacy
7 days a week - 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
337 Broadway, Somerville
617-776-5104 (phone) / 617-776-7591 (fax)

CVS Pharmacy
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Magoun Square
532 Medford Street, Somerville
617-628-1401 (phone) / 617-623-8227 (fax)

How to Transfer a Prescription from Another Pharmacy?

Transferring a prescription from one pharmacy to another is easy. The pharmacy receiving the prescription handles most of the work. You should contact the pharmacy receiving the prescription and ask them how they handle a prescription transfer.

In general, here's how it works: 
  • Simply call, stop by the pharmacy receiving the prescription (Receiving Pharmacy). In some cases, you can request the transfer online.
  • Provide the name of the medication along with the name and phone number of the pharmacy sending the prescription (Transferring Pharmacy).
  • The Receiving Pharmacy will contact the Transferring Pharmacy where your prescription is currently on file to get the information needed to fill your prescription. If the prescription has no remaining refills, the Receiving Pharmacy will contact the prescribing physician.
  • Contact the Receiving Pharmacy for instructions on how to request the transfer online.

Translation and Interpreter Services

As part of our Office's mission to help you enhance and maintain your health we understand that also means being able to communicate with your parents, families and guardians. In order to better support the needs of both students and families we offer translation and interpreter services in over 200 languages through Protranslating for those who have questions, concerns or simply want to connect with our office. To request translation or interpreter services please contact our Business Office at 617-627-3350.

翻译服务 (Chinese)

帮助您提高和保持健康体魄是我们的使命之一,我们明白这也意味着需要和您的父母、家庭和监护人沟通。如果您有任何问题、疑虑或是想与我们联系,Protranslating 公司可为大家提供200多个语种的翻译服务,以更好地满足学生和家庭的需求。若需翻译服务,请与我们的商务部门联系,电话:617-627-3350.

Services de traduction (French)

Dans le cadre de sa mission, laquelle consiste à vous aider à améliorer et à maintenir votre santé, notre bureau est conscient de l'importance de pouvoir communiquer avec vos parents, vos familles et vos tuteurs. Afin de mieux répondre aux besoins des étudiants et de leurs familles, nous proposons donc, par l'entremise de ProTranslating, des services de traduction dans plus de 200 langues pour tous ceux qui ont des questions, des préoccupations ou tout simplement souhaitent communiquer avec notre bureau. Pour demander des services de traduction, veuillez contacter notre bureau au 617-627-3350.

Übersetzungsdienste (German)

Als Teil unseres Anliegens, Ihre Gesundheit zu verbessern und zu erhalten, verstehen wir, wie wichtig es dabei ist, mit Eltern und Familienangehörigen in Verbindung bleiben zu können. Zur besseren Unterstützung der Studierenden und ihrer Familien bieten wir durch ProTranslating Übersetzungsdienste für mehr als 200 Sprachen an, falls sie Fragen oder Sorgen haben oder einfach nur mit uns sprechen möchten. Um die Übersetzungsdienste in Anspruch zu nehmen, wenden Sie sich bitte an unser Geschäftsbüro unter der Telefonnummer 617-627-3350.

Servizi di traduzione (Italian)

Parte della missione del nostro Ufficio è far sì che tu possa migliorare e mantenere la salute. Capiamo pertanto l’importanza di poter comunicare con genitori, familiari e tutori. Al fine di soddisfare al meglio le esigenze di studenti e famiglie, offriamo servizi di traduzione in oltre 200 lingue tramite ProTranslating  per chiunque abbia domande, dubbi o voglia semplicemente rivolgersi al nostro ufficio. Per richiedere servizi di traduzione contattare il nostro Ufficio commerciale al 617-627-3350.

번역 서비스 (Korean)

모든 학생의 건강 관리 및 향상이 최우선 사항인 만큼 저희는 학부모, 가족 및 보호자와의 원할한 의사 소통 또한 아주 중요하다는 점을 잘 이해하고 있습니다. 학생 당사자와 가족의 필요를 돕기위해, 문의 또는 우려 사항이 있으신 경우, 저희는 전문 번역 업체인 ProTranslating 에 의뢰하여 200여 이상의 언어로 번역 서비스를 제공해 드리고 있습니다. 번역 의뢰를 원하시면 저희 사무실(전화: 617-627-3350)로 연락해 주시기 바랍니다.

Servicios de Traducción (Spanish)

Como parte del objetivo de nuestra Oficina para ayudarle a mejorar y mantener su salud, entendemos la importancia de la comunicación con sus padres, familiares y tutores. A fin de brindar un mejor apoyo a las necesidades tanto de los estudiantes como de sus familiares, ofrecemos servicios de traducción en más de 200 idiomas a través de ProTranslating a quienes tengan preguntas, inquietudes o simplemente deseen comunicarse con nuestra oficina. Para solicitar servicios de traducción, comuníquese con nuestra Oficina Comercial al 617-627-3350.

Tuition Insurance (Optional)

Undergraduate students who leave the University during the first six weeks of classes are eligible for a refund of a percentage of tuition in accordance with the schedule set by the Bursar. There is no reimbursement after the sixth week, unless someone has purchased optional tuition insurance. Students with questions should contact Dewar at:
Phone: (617) 774-1555
Fax: (617) 774-1715

Students who are on leave are not charged tuition and fees and are not eligible for stipends.
COVID-19 Update: The Tuition Refund Plan policy at Tufts University does not exclude Covid-19 and therefore it would be treated as any other illness under the policy. Please note that the policy does not cover insured costs due to the college sending students off-campus and changing to an online instruction format.

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