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West Chester University

West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
610-436-1000



Student Health Services

Location: Commonwealth Hall
Hours:
Fall and spring semesters: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Summer and School Breaks: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone: Health Center: 610-436-2509
Wellness Center: 610-436-3276

Student Heal Services comprises two areas:

Health Center: Medical Services include routine care; allergy clinic; HIV testing; tuberculosis (TB) testing; immunizations; contraceptive counseling and prescriptions; STD screening, treatment, and counseling; pregnancy testing; and annual gynecological exams. The Health Center is staffed by physicians, nurses, and nurse practitioners.

Wellness Promotion: Wellness Promotion programs are provided for students by professional staff members and peer educators. Additional services include:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs: Confidential one-on-one conversations and group programs about alcohol and drug use.
  • Nutrition Services: Individual and group support is available for students with a variety of nutritional needs including weight management, diabetes support, nutrition skill building for eating disorders, and healthy eating.

All students are required to pay a health service fee at the beginning of each semester. Some medications and supplies are available at a nominal fee. You can request a prescription if you would like to get your medication at an outside pharmacy. In addition, a separate fee is charged for each office visit.

The Health Center will provide free plastic sharps containers for the disposal of needles and syringes for any student taking medication by injection.

The Health Center does not provide absence notes due to federal confidentiality guidelines. Students are encouraged to speak directly to faculty concerning absences due to illness.

Insurance Programs:

It is important to remember that the student health fee does not provide for the cost of referrals to off-campus specialists or to local hospitals for surgery or serious illness. Because of the unpredictable nature of such medical and surgical emergencies, all students are encouraged to be protected by a health insurance program.

Insurance requirements are mandated for intercollegiate athletic participation and some specific departments. Refer to the appropriate section in the Undergraduate Catalog for further information on these requirements.

For liability insurance requirements for students majoring in nursing, please see the Department of Nursing.

Student Health Forms:

Health information is requested from all entering new and transfer students. The Student Health and Wellness Center reserves the right to request an annual physical examination by the family physician for any student suffering from a chronic illness. Specific majors or athletic programs may also require a student physical exam.

A current negative tuberculin test and/or chest X-ray showing no active tuberculosis is mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for all student teachers and all students participating in field experiences in the public schools. The TB test is given at the Student Health and Wellness Center for a nominal fee.

All immunizations are recommended for students. The Meningitis vaccine or waiver is required by Pennsylvania State Law for student who reside in University housing.