Health and Counseling Resources
Students at University Park campus may receive health care services from University Health Services and psychological services from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), both located in the Student Health Center Building.
University Health Services - http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health
When you are sick or need health care advice, University Health Services (UHS) is your resource on the University Park campus. UHS provides high-quality and nationally accredited health services to all Penn State students. Experienced and caring professionals provide a wide range of confidential services including acute care, preventive health care, and health education. UHS staff members are specialists in student health. They have an accepting, non-judgmental approach and they understand your unique needs as students in an academic setting.
Acute care services
All serious medical problems are seen immediately during regular office hours, and UHS offers same-day appointments for other pressing medical needs. Clinical services include urgent care clinic, primary health care, and women's health services, and an immunization clinic for allergy shots. For convenient, one-stop service, you have on-site access to a pharmacy, clinical laboratory, X-ray, and physical therapy services.
Preventive health services
UHS stresses preventive health care and offers contraception counseling and gynecological services, men's preventive health visits, and routine immunizations and injections required for overseas travel through the UHS Allergy Immunization Clinic.
Health Promotion and Wellness
Health promotion staff provide alcohol and marijuana intervention programs, HIV testing, nutrition counseling and tobacco cessation programs.
Where and When
UHS is located in the Student Health Center on Bigler Road, adjacent to Career Services.
UHS is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Urgent care is available on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
There is a basic clinic visit fee for students of $25 on weekdays and $30 on Saturdays. This fee covers clinician services and many of the supplies and procedures performed at UHS. There are additional charges for laboratory tests, X-rays, physical therapy treatment, pharmacy, nutrition counseling, and ambulance services. You must pay at the time of services by either having the charge billed to your Penn State student account or paying by check, cash, VISA, or MasterCard.
Except for our pharmacy, UHS does not have contracts with any health insurance companies and it does not direct bill insurance companies. This means that you are responsible for paying any bills you incur at UHS for clinic visits, lab, X-ray, physical therapy, and ambulance services. However, you can then submit the receipt for these services to your insurance company for possible reimbursement (which, of course, depends on your insurance coverage). UHS recommends that you find out ahead of time what services your insurance policy will cover.
The UHS pharmacy does have contracts with some health insurance providers. Please check our Web site at http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/services/pharmacy/insuranceContracts.shtml to see if your insurance provider is listed.
The Student Health Insurance Office in 302 Student Health Center can answer your questions about purchasing student health insurance. Health insurance is required for international students, their spouses and children, and all graduate assistants/fellows. Health insurance is also strongly recommended for all students.
Most Important Phone Numbers
Appointments: 863-0774 or online at http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/myUHS/login.shtml
Telephone Advice Nurse: 863-4463
Information Desk: 865-6556
Additional services and phone numbers
Business Office: 865-3465
Health Promotion and Education: 863-0461
HealthWorks Peer Education Office: 863-0461
Nutrition Clinic: 863-0461
Office of Emergency Medical Services (non-emergency calls): 865-1772
Physical Therapy: 863-0774
Student Health Insurance Office: 865-7467
For more information on services available, please visit UHS on the Web at
http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health. Check out the helpful videos on the UHS Welcome page for additional information about our services!
Center for Counseling and Psychological Services - studentaffairs.psu.edu/counseling
501 Student Health Center, 863-0395
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
CAPS provides group, individual, and couples counseling, crisis intervention, psychological/psychiatric evaluations and referrals to private practice for full-time students. Part-time students are eligible for initial consultation, groups and referrals. The center helps students resolve personal concerns that may interfere with their academic progress, social development, and satisfaction at Penn State. Some of the more common concerns include difficulty with friends or family members, depression and anxiety, sexual concerns, lack of motivation, eating disorders and substance abuse recovery, and adjusting to the stress of college life. In addition, CAPS offers workshops in the HUB/Robeson Center on campus on various topics throughout the academic year.
CAPS records are strictly confidential, and (with rare exceptions), can be released only upon written consent of the student.