Jan 30, 2023  
School of Allied Health Handbook 2022-2023 
School of Allied Health Handbook 2022-2023

Student Services

Academic & Student Affairs Office
Registrar’s Office
Financial Aid Office
Bursar’s Office
Student Health Services
Student Counseling Center
Institutional Wellness
SAHP Student Lounge & Computer Lab


Academic and Student Affairs

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs serves the School of Allied Health Professions as the primary contacts for prospective, incoming, and current Allied Health students and alumni. 

  • Maintains Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation for the School of Allied Health Professions. 
  • Develops academic policies and provides student learning resources.
  • Assists students in being well-informed as to their rights and School regulations.
  • Supports students with disabilities to provide reasonable academic accommodations. 
  • Aids each department in recruiting qualified students committed to professional education.
  • Assists students in the successful admission, progression, and graduation from the School.
  • Provides orientation and on-going assistance regarding procurement of financial aid, medical, and academic/counseling services.
  • Advises the Student Government Association which embodies equal representation from each program.
  • Serves as a liaison among our administration, faculty, staff, and the student body.
  • Connects with alumni to strengthen connections and encourage involvement with the School.

Diana Merendino, DPT, RRT, PT, RRT-NPS, RPFT, FAARC
Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Affairs for School of Allied Health Profession

Madeline Fechter, MPH
Director of Admissions and Records

Valorie Lurry
Director of Student Life and Alumni Affairs

Registrar’s Office

The Office of the Registrar is located on the fourth floor of the Administrative Building room 4-403. Regular office hours are from 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. 


Mailing address: Office of the Registrar, 1501 Kings Hwy., Shreveport, LA  71103.
Phone: (318)-675-5205 
Fax: (318)-675-4758 
Email: registrar@lsuhs.edu

Transcript Requests

Official LSU Health Shreveport transcripts of an academic record may be ordered online through the National Student Clearinghouse website at www.getmytranscript.org  We are listed as LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport.

For currently enrolled students, unofficial transcripts may be accessed by logging onto the PeopleSoft Academic Self Service portal using your LSUHSC network id and password. 

Enrollment Verification

Enrollment Verification certificates are available to currently enrolled students.  Students must log onto the LSU Health Shreveport VPN or the campus network to connect to the NSC Self Service portal.  Outside agencies requiring a verification of enrollment should contact the Clearinghouse online at www.studentclearinghouse.org or by phone at (703) 742-4200.

Degree Verification

LSU Health Shreveport has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to act as our agent for verification of student degrees.  Outside agencies requiring a verification of degree should be directed to contact the Clearinghouse online at www.degreeverify.org or by phone at (703) 742-4200.  Our institutional school code is 008067.  

Student Health Insurance

LSU Health Shreveport has a registration requirement that all currently enrolled students must either enroll in the policy endorsed by the school or complete a waiver and provide proof of acceptable insurance coverage by the waiver deadline to the Registrar’s office.  For newly accepted students, you will receive email notification from the Registrar’s office regarding procedures for complying with this requirement.  Since the current student health insurance plan is compliant with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), students should have comparable coverage to the plan that is offered by the University (e.g., aggregate maximum benefit per covered person per policy year should be unlimited).  Thus, all waivers submitted must meet the PPACA guidelines in order to be acceptable.  Coverage must be maintained throughout the duration of enrollment.  Non-compliance at any time during a student’s enrollment may result in suspension and/or dismissal.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. coordinates the Student Health Insurance plan offered through United Healthcare.   Currently enrolled students are eligible to enroll in the plan by the enrollment deadline by visiting www.gallagherstudent.com/LSU-HSCShreveport. Currently enrolled students with proof of acceptable alternate health insurance coverage who wish to waive coverage are required to visit www.gallagherstudent.com/LSU-HSCShreveport and complete the waiver process by the applicable waiver deadline.

Premiums are outlined in the FAQ on the Gallagher website and are payable through their website.   Premiums are not included in the tuition and fees bill. It is the responsibility of the student to make certain that the premium is received by the company.  Detailed information on the plan and coverage is found at www.gallagherstudent.com/LSU-HSCShreveport.

Students who initially waived the student insurance plan can petition to add coverage if they experience a qualifying event.  Please visit the Gallagher website and click on Petition to Add on the left hand menu for further details and pricing. 

Financial Aid Office

The LSU Health Shreveport, Office of Student Financial Aid, is committed to our mission of providing the best possible service to students who need help meeting the costs of higher education. The mission of the Financial Aid Office is to ensure that higher education is financially accessible to all of its students. The primary sources of aid are funded by Federal and State programs. The Financial Aid Office is located on the fourth floor of the Administration Building in room 4-405. Regular office hours are from 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. 

Students are encouraged to visit their website and review the Student Rights and Responsibilities, Application and Awarding Process, Fee Payment and Disbursement of Aid, Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress as well as other important topics outlined.

TITLE IV SCHOOL CODE (For FAFSA and Loan Application Use): 00806700


Mailing address: Financial Aid Office, 1501 Kings Hwy., Shreveport, LA  71103.
Phone: (318)-675-5561
Fax: (318)-675-7893
Email: shvfinaid@lsuhs.edu

Bursar’s Office

The Office of the Bursar administers electronic tuition and fee statements, receives university fees and charges, and processes excess financial aid. The Cashier, which is part of the Office of the Bursar, collects and accounts for departmental deposits. The Bursar’s Office is located on the first floor of the Medical School Building room 1-218. Regular office hours are from 8:00am to 3:15pm Monday through Friday. 

Students should visit their webpage in regard to tuition and fees and payment options. 


Mailing address: Bursar’s Office (Cashier’s Window), 1501 Kings Hwy., Shreveport, LA  71103.
Phone: (318)-675-5224
Fax: (318)-675-5419
Email: shvbursar@lsuhs.edu  

Student Health Services

The following immunizations are available for matriculating LSU Health Shreveport students at the OLHS Employee Health Clinic at no out-of-pocket cost for students who have paid tuition and fees.

1. Hepatitis B Vaccine Dose #3 and Titer: Students repeating the Hepatitis B (Hep B) series for immunization requirements due to a negative titer are responsible for doses #1 and #2 prior to entry in the academic program. On or after the first day of class, the Hep B dose #3 and quantitative Hepatitis B Surface Antibody (titer) are available at the Employee Health Clinic. If titer is negative, students will complete a second Hep B Series followed by a repeat titer available at the Employee Health Clinic.

2. PPD Skin Test (Tuberculosis Test): PPD (purified protein derivative) skin tests are available at the Employee Health Clinic.

  • Visit 1, Day 1: PPD antigen is applied under the skin
  • Visit 2, Day 2-3: PPD test is read (within 48-72 hrs of placement). If positive, it indicates possible TB infection referral to the Shreveport Chest Clinic will be made to obtain an IGRA (TB blood) test and possible Chest X-Ray.

3. Influenza Vaccine: One dose of seasonal influenza vaccine is available each fall semester at the Employee Health Clinic.

4. Other Immunizations: Tetanus Diphtheria (TD) or Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine is available to students with expired vaccinations at the Employee Health Clinic.

Medical Illness: Students can see a provider in one of Ochsner’s Urgent Care clinics, or choose a provider of choice. One of the urgent care clinics is located on the 3rd floor of the comp care building (same floor as the Employee Health Clinic). Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. This is a billable service, students must bring ID and insurance card for this service.

Required Documentation: Students admitted during or after 2019 must print out immunization records from their MyRecordTracker at www.myrecordtracker.com and bring to first appointment at the Employee Health Clinic.


Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Employee Health Clinic
Location: Comp Care Building, Third Floor
Phone: 318-626-0661
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 4:00pm
Appointments: Walk-in or call ahead appointments

Student Counseling Center

The Student Counseling Center serves LSU Health Shreveport students and engages our entire academic community as we work to build a culture of support and connection with student well-being. Center staff accomplish mental health and personal development by collaborating directly with students to overcome challenges and difficulties that may interfere with academic, emotional, and personal success. The Student Counseling Center helps remove barriers to learning by providing accessible psychological and psychiatric assessment, short-term psychotherapy, medication management, consultation and crisis intervention, community referrals, workshops and psychoeducational programming to currently enrolled students.

Clinical professionals provide a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment for students to discuss concerns. The staff provides and individualized approach to care, and strives to provide students with ample opportunities to:

  • develop greater insight and self-understanding
  • identify and solve problems
  • reduce emotional distress
  • improve cognitive, emotional, academic, and social functioning
  • explore and understand cultural and other identities


  • Information/Referral
  • Individual Counseling/Psychotherapy
  • Medication Management
  • Screening/Assessment/Evaluation


There is no out-of-pocket expense to students who have paid tuition and fees. Students’ insurance may be billed for medication management.


1801 Fairfield, Suite 401
Shreveport, LA 71101
(318) 813-6100

Phone: (318) 813-6100

Director: Mark Cogburn, DNP, PhD, APRN, LMFT, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Email: Mark.Cogburn@lsuhs.edu

Scheduling an Appointment: To make an appointment, call (319) 813-6100. Same day phone or in-person consulations available. 


Institutional Wellness

Our Mission is to promote the health and wellness of LSU Health Shreveport through education and efforts that encourage habits of wellness, inspire and empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health, and support a sense of community in which health and overall well-being is recognized as an essential element of success.

Emotional, social, workplace and physical well-being are critical to the development and maintenance of competent, caring students, faculty and healthcare providers. In the current health care environment, students, residents, fellows, faculty members and staff are at increased risk for burnout and depression. Self-care is an important component that impacts qualify of life and work. It is also a skill that must be cultivated and developed.

Wellness includes the following dimensions:
  • Physical: The physical dimension recognizes the need for regular physical activity and encourages learning about nutrition while discouraging the use of tobacco, drugs and excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Emotional: The ability to find support in time of need, express a wide range of emotions and deal with daily stressors.
  • Social: Community building premised on shared values of respect and dignity, volunteerism and caring valued as part of the workplace.
  • Financial: The ability to plan for the future, be prepared for emergencies, and have access to the information and tools necessary to make good financial decisions.
  • Workplace: The ability to pursue interests, values, and purpose in order to gain meaning, happiness and enrichment professionally.

Marie Vazquez Morgan, PT, PhD, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Wellness
Phone: (318) 813-2944
Email: mav001@lsuhs.edu 


The LSU Health Shreveport Bookstore, located on the ground floor of the Medical School, is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The bookstore sells textbooks, computer software, and materials required as necessary tools for your education. Also available is a selection of cards and items bearing the LSU logo. The bookstore also handles orders for Graduation cap and gown rental, which should be arranged two full months prior to Graduation. 


LSU Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library currently occupies over 39,000 square feet on three floors, with seating for 312 users at tables, at carrels, and in study rooms. It also houses five small-group teaching rooms, teleconferencing facilities (with seating for 23), and two computer labs. The computer lab in 1-417 has 29 Windows 10 workstations, and the computer lab in 1-419 has 20 Windows 10 workstations. Both labs have a projection system for teaching classes. Five scanners are provided throughout the Library for incorporation of graphic images into PowerPoint presentations. A book scanner is available in the copy room. Black-and-white printing and copying, and color printing, are available. Network connectivity for laptop computers is provided both through wired Ethernet jacks located in public areas on all three floors, and through wireless networking.

The Library provides access to 152 databases, 1,764 electronic books, and 4,809 current electronic journals. In addition, the Library collection includes print volumes (books and older bound journal volumes). The Library manages selected archival materials about the heritage and founding of the health sciences center.

The Library is open 102.5 hours per week. Remote access to the online catalog, databases, and electronic resources is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through the institution’s virtual private network (VPN) for LSU Health Shreveport students, faculty and staff.

In summary, the LSU Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library provides LSU Health Shreveport affiliates with ready access to critically important information required for research, patient care, and teaching.




SAHP Student Lounge & Computer Lab

The Student Lounge is located in the School of Allied Health Building in room 1-129. There are microwaves, refrigerators, freezers, ice maker, and vending machines available to Allied Health students.  

The Student Computer Lab is located in the School of Allied Health Building in room 1-132. There are computers available for Allied Health students as well as printing and copying services.