Student Health Center

Student Health Center (SHC)


Caring… Professional… Convenient

Bloomsburg University's Student Health Center (SHC) provides high quality, basic health care to students with a strong emphasis on health promotion and preventative health education designed to ensure students reach their educational goals. SHC adheres to the general principles and standards of ethical conduct endorsed by the American College Health Association; To do no harm, provide service in a caring manner, respect autonomy, protect privacy, maintain competence, promote justice and respect diversity.

The Student Health Center hours now through winter session are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are closed over lunch. We are not open on weekends or when the University is not in session. Please be aware there is an urgent care center and emergency services within walking distance from the University at the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.

When the Student Health Center is open, the Student Health Center professional team remain available for consultation and education on COVID needs and other student health issues and concerns. As appropriate, telehealth appointments will also be available.

We recognize there have been a lot of changes and questions, especially this year. We remain committed to respond to the many and changing needs of our students. We will all benefit from patience, good communication and everyone participating in safe practices! As we all know, this virus is very challenging. Protecting yourself and Protecting the Husky Pack will take us all!

Reminder about current services:

  • ALL appointments MUST be scheduled in advance. We cannot accept any WALK-In appointments. This change is important for the safety of everyone. Please continue to call early morning to make an appointment. Call 570-389-4451. We're working hard to provide same day services so it's critical you call early in the day.
  • When calling for an appointment you will be asked brief screening questions to help determine the kind of appointment that's needed and to guide your next steps.
  • You may also be told you will receive a call back from our nursing team. Please make sure you respond to the call back request asap.
  • It's very important you call the SHC and inform them if you have been tested for COVID-19. It's critical we have this information asap. Call before you get your result and then when you get your result.

Testing for COVID-19

Testing for students with symptoms

If you have symptoms related to COVID-19 or if you flagged on your Husky Health Checker due to symptoms, please self-quarantine until you talk with a health care provider. For students in the Bloomsburg community you can contact Geisinger COVID-19 hotline (570-284-3657). The Geisinger COVID Hotline is also available on weekends. Please be advised, the Geisinger's COVID-19 hotline which supports the testing site at Geisinger Bloomsburg, only provides tests for individuals with symptoms. If you are a BU student living in another community and you have questions or symptoms of COVID, our clinical team will provide information and education and direct you to resources in your community. Contacting your local medical services, like you Primary Care Physician’s office or local Department of Health should be your first step as they have more specific and updated information about resources in your area.

Voluntary COVID-19 Testing

Please be aware the Geisinger Bloomsburg testing tent does NOT test students unless they have symptoms. There's information about local resources for NON symptomatic (or asymptomatic) and NO close contact type of testing here. This information is subject to change and test availability. We do encourage students to check with their primary insurance about resources and coverage of the test cost.

For more information about the University plan for return to campus please refer to updates portion of the university website, which reflects the most updated information.

Lead The Pack!

Appointments are required – no walk in’s accepted

 

Student Health Center

324 Kehr Union Building
(near the Husky Lounge)
Appointments:
570-389-4451
Fax: 570-389-3417

Weekend Resources

The SHC is not open on the weekends. We reopen on Monday at 8 a.m. If you have a medical emergency, as always, call 911 or get to your nearest emergency room.

If you have symptoms related to COVID-19 or if you flagged on your Husky Health Checker due to symptoms, please self-quarantine until you talk with a health care provider. Given it's the weekend and the SHC is not open please contact your primary care provider or call the Geisinger COVID-19 hotline (570-284-3657) for more directions. Geisinger's COVID-19 hotline and tent at Geisinger Bloomsburg only tests individuals with symptoms, typically not individuals who have been exposed to the virus. If you have been exposed you should self quarantine until you talk with a health care provider.

If you're tested in another location, please call SHC asap to tell us you were tested. Timely information is very important to containing this virus.

If you flagged on your Husky Health Checker or had an exposure to COVID-19 virus over the weekend, please self-quarantine until you discuss your status with a health care provider. You can contact the SHC about this flag on Monday. Until you contact a medical provider it's critical that you self-quarantine.

Flu Season

As we approach the fall flu season it's especially important for students to obtain a flu vaccine.

The SHC can assist you in locating flu vaccine at a local pharmacy.

Medical Services

Emergencies — Call 911!

Appointments — Call early for appointments 570-389-4451

Most medical services are covered by the Health and Wellness fee, however, there are limited services that are a cost to the student.

  • No show fees are charged for missed appointments: $5 for general appointments and $10 for long appointments.
  • Avoid no show fees by calling to cancel your appointment two hours in advance.
  • If this fee is not paid, a HOLD will be placed on your student record.

SHC Web Portal

All new students are required to complete online health forms, which are accessed through the web portal. These include Consent for Treatment, Health History, TB Screening Questionnaire, Immunization Dates, Medical Insurance Information, and the Notice of Privacy Practices. The portal is used for completing required medical information forms, viewing and printing a copy of your SHC account and immunization record and messaging the health center.

Having difficulty accessing the Web Portal?

Especially MAC users, try using Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. Also, please wait 7 to 10 days after you pay your deposit of acceptance before accessing the portal.

Contagious diseases

Measles

Bloomsburg University's Student Health Center currently does not have a confirmed case of measles, however, with the recent confirmed cases of measles in the media, the Student Health Center encourages the BU campus community to continue to take precautions to reduce the chances of contracting the disease. The Student Health Center’s medical staff continues to monitor for current measles information from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to ensure appropriate measures are in place.

Students need to recognize the signs and symptoms of measles and seek healthcare from a medical professional if they start to experience symptoms of measles such as a high fever of 101 or over with a rash for three or more days in conjunction with a cough, runny nose, and/or red watery eyes. Measles is highly contagious. It spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov. It's very important students keep their immunization records up to date in their electronic health record via the portal.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing.

Mumps

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus that spreads from person to person. Typical symptoms of mumps include swollen salivary glands and a fever.

Meningitis B

Meningitis B is a concern on college campuses. Most students have received the Meningitis vaccine for A, C, Y, W, as a state requirement prior to starting college; however until recently there was no vaccine to prevent Meningitis B. Students ages 17 - 23 are at the highest risk for Meningitis B with a 9 percent greater risk for college students vs. non-college students.

For more information on the Meningitis B vaccine, please call the Student Health Center.