Primary care services to undergraduate students and graduate assistants are provided at the Health Center. Primary care services are those services you would typically receive at your family doctor's office. All services provided at the Health Center are FREE to students as these services are included in general fees already paid. No insurance card is necessary.
All service hours are provided as "walk in" and students are seen on a first come, first serve basis unless an urgent need is presented. The busiest hours are generally the first and last hours of the clinic day.
If you need to be seen when the Health Center is closed, please go to the Bluffton
Hospital Emergency Room and identify yourself as a Bluffton University student.
>>> Emergencies and after hour care
Nurse practitioner Cynthia Ulrich, MS, CNP; adult and pediatric specialty
Assigned to Bluffton University through contractual agreement with Blanchard Valley Health System; continuous consult is available with Bluffton Hospital Emergency Room Physicians during hours of service.
STUDENT ELIGIBILITY FOR SERVICE:
- Students enrolled in classes for the current semester when service is needed.
- Graduate assistants from any department working on campus.
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.
Emergencies: DIAL 9-1-1
An emergency is a situation that POSES AN IMMEDIATE RISK TO HEALTH, LIFE, PROPERTY OR ENVIRONMENT. Most emergencies require urgent intervention to prevent a worsening of the situation.
Examples include: someone not breathing or bleeding uncontrollably. This includes any person with immediate thoughts of harming himself or herself or someone else.
HEALTHCARE FOR STUDENTS WHEN THE STUDENT HEALTH CENTER IS NOT OPEN
Students may use the Bluffton Hospital Emergency Room for necessary health services. Normally, students will not be charged an emergency room fee if the care does not exceed what would be done at the Student Health Center. Students are financially responsible for any bill outside the Student Health Center.
Students MAY be charged a fee if emergency room services are used. Emergency room physicians are responsible to be reasonably certain that students are not encountering a serious illness. If an x-ray, special testing, labs, x-rays or even an IV is provided, then the visit likely becomes an Emergency Room visit, is no longer considered a 'primary care' visit and a fee may be charged.
Consider if you would likely go to the ER if you were at home or would you make a doctor's appointment instead.