Acute Care Visits

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Acute Care Visits

UMD WellCare visits are conducted by a Registered Nurse (RN) working under a scope of practice which includes the ability to triage, assess and treat only minor, acute medical concerns.  Examples of conditions that may be addressed are listed below. If your medical concern falls outside this scope of practice, you will be referred to your own medical provider or another medical facility such as an Urgent Care or Emergency Department. 

Please note:  If you were seen by a medical provider within the last few weeks, and your condition is not better, or if you have a chronic (ongoing) condition that needs medical attention, please make an appointment with your primary healthcare provider.

For medical emergencies, call 911.


Acute care visits are available to UMD faculty and staff, their spouses, and dependent children aged 12 and older, covered by UPlan insurance.  Faculty and staff who are not UPlan participants can be seen for an acute care visit in UMD WellCare, but will need to pay the full cost of care, and then submit the bill to their own insurance company.  Please bring your U Card, insurance card, and potential $15.00 co-pay (cash or check only) to acute care visits.  See cost information below to learn more.

Hours for Acute Care Visits

Making an appointment for a nurse visit to address minor, acute illnesses is highly encouraged to ensure that adequate time is available to address your concern and to limit wait times; open Monday through Thursday (typically closed on Fridays).  Walk-in hours will continue to be available at this time; please see below.  Visits are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; those with appointments will be given priority.  Appointments may be available outside of the walk-in hours.  Call (218) 726-8666 to make an appointment or to check on services.  

Walk-in Hours for Nurse Visits, 13 to 17 August, 2018:

Examples of Health Concerns Appropriate for Acute Care Visits:

  • Eye, ears, nose, and throat:  cough or cold, ear discomfort, pink eye (no contact lens wearers), stye, seasonal allergies, sinus discomfort, sore throat, canker sores
  • Suspected skin conditions: athlete's foot, ringworm, minor burns, minor skin infections, minor abrasions
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms (acute episodes only): short term nausea/vomiting, constipation, diarrhea
  • Blood pressure checks - no charge 

Available Tests:*

  • Rapid strep test, if deemed appropriate after assessment.  If the rapid strep test is negative, a throat culture will be done.
  • Mantoux testing for TB (see Screening & Immunization tab)

*Note:  UMD WellCare has very limited laboratory capabilities and no radiology services.

Cost for Acute Care Visits:

UMD WellCare is an in-network provider for all UPlan insurance options.  A referral is not needed. If you are a UPlan member, your co-payment is based on your insurance plan, but is typically $15 (must be paid in cash or check).  Employees that are not UPlan members will be billed for the cost of the visit. 

Note:  There is no co-payment for immunizations or biometric screenings and no charge for a quick blood pressure check.