Health Center

Cynthia Ulrich, campus nurse practitioner, ms, cnp  
Ext. 3282, Old Ropp, lower level
The Health Center is located in the lower level of Old Ropp Hall. The entrance is on the Riley Creek side. Purposes of the Health Center are to provide a variety of health services, and to promote good health on campus. Health services are coordinated in the student life office.

Each new undergraduate student is required to submit a medical history form to the health service prior to enrollment in classes. This must include documentation of a TB test taken within six months prior to admission, a Tetanus/Diphtheria/ Pertussis (TDap) booster shot within the last 10 years, two MMR vaccines, two varicella vaccines and one meningitis vaccine after the age of 16 years.

Residential students must sign Hepatitis B vaccination status on the medical history form.

All athletes must submit a Bluffton University pre-participation physical exam form to the athletic office prior to participating in athletics each year. This form must be signed by a licensed medical physician (not a chiropractor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant).

The Health Center is staffed by a mid-level professional five days a week  during the school year - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1-5 p.m. and Tuesday & Thursday from 8:30 a.m. -noon. The nurse practitioner is available to treat minor illnesses and injuries, provide health education and counseling, and arrange referrals to local physicians when necessary. All services provided are free of charge.

If you need to fax your medical information to the nurse, you can send it to 419-358-3072.

The Bluffton Hospital is located minutes away from the university. Twenty-four-hour emergency care is available if needed.

Health insurance

Students are expected to have their own health insurance and will be responsible for their own medical expenses.

Class attendance in relationship to Health Center

A student is directly responsible to each of the instructors for all required work and class attendance. Excuses for medical reasons are not provided by the Health Center. Class attendance is a matter for direct discussion between the student and the instructor.

Steps to follow in an emergency:

  • If the health or safety of yourself or others is in immediate danger, dial 911.
  • In non-life threatening emergencies, contact the Health Center or a residence life staff member. The Health Center can be reached at 419-358-3282. The hall director on duty can be reached at 419-303-4635.
  • Please keep your health insurance information ready and available for use in emergency situations.


Bluffton University does not provide transportation to medical facilities. Students are encouraged to seek transportation from friends or family. Black and White taxi company (419-222-6161) is also available to transport residents to area hospitals. Resident advisors and hall directors do not provide transportation. In times of immediate emergency, the Bluffton EMS will be contacted.