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Student Affairs offices are operating both in-person and remotely. Visit individual department pages for services and contact information, and the event calendar for a full list of events. Additionally, our COVID-19 Support page provides vital student information including COVID testing resources, conduct policies, quarantine and isolation guidance, and more.

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University Health Services (UHS) is your comprehensive on-campus health care resource. We specialize in outpatient student health including the treatment of medically urgent problems and ongoing health concerns. We provide preventative care, education, and resources to help students live a healthy lifestyle.

UHS remains committed to the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community both on and off-campus. Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues, below are some extra steps being taken to protect your health:

COVID-19 Testing at UHS
We are open for COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. until the holiday break. More details on the testing options can be found below. Both options require an appointment.

Please Note: UHS does not handle the surveillance or walk-up testing. Understand your testing options through the link below.
Testing Options at University Park
Getting the care you need at the time you want

We are reopening the Student Health Center to routine appointments, making many non-urgent but medically necessary appointments available once again such as procedures, immunizations, physical exams, and preventative care. Please remember our priority will always be the safety of our Penn State community. We will continue to provide our patients the care they need while following public health guidelines from the CDC and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

While our clinicians have always remained available during this pandemic for urgent care, we are now working to provide non-urgent but medically necessary care in a safe and progressive manner aimed at protecting our students, staff, and community.

Limiting visitors

To help keep our patients, staff, and community safe, we are temporarily limiting visitors in our clinic. No visitors will be permitted except under special circumstances.

Mandatory masking

Each person who enters our facility must wear a mask, including all patients and employees. Masks will be provided to you if you do not have one. All staff members will wear a mask while in the building

Enhanced check in

Checking in for your appointment is going high tech! Low to no-touch check in options will be available so that you can check in for your appointment, upload insurance information, and be notified when we are ready to see you electronically. Our goal is to eliminate the need for waiting rooms as much as possible to allow for better physical distancing and to limit the potential time of exposure

Appointment-only care

All patients will be admitted into the Student Health Center by appointment only. These appointments include patients coming in for lab or x-ray needs. Scheduling everyone an appointment helps to keep the flow and distancing of patients and staff controlled making a safer environment for everyone. Beginning August 20, 2020 online appointment scheduling through myUHS will be available for medical concerns, lab work and COVID-19 testing. Students may also call 814-863-4463 to schedule an appointment.

For concerns related to Health Information Management, call 814-863-1975, to talk with a staff member.

To reach a staff member in Student Health Insurance, call 814-865-7467 or schedule a phone or Zoom appointment by sending a message to uhs-insurance@psu.edu.

To reach a staff member in the University Health Services Billing office, call 814-865-3465.

Telemedicine virtual visit

UHS is proud to offer secure private visits through Zoom. This allows you to communicate with a health care provider without having to leave home. Visits can include, Women’s & Men’s Health, LGBTQ Health, Primary Care, and Physical Therapy. Some care may still require you to be seen in the building, but many things can be managed without having to step outside! To see if your medical needs are amenable to telemedicine, call 814-863-0774.  An experienced nurse will be able to help determine how best to use this resource and help set up an appointment. 

Enhanced COVID-19 screenings

Each person entering the Student Health Center, including staff, will be screened for symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and have their temperatures checked with no-contact infrared thermometers.

Isolating patients with COVID-19 or related symptoms

We have reconfigured our clinic to keep people with COVID-19 or related symptoms in the negative pressure suite, with 11 negative pressure rooms. 

According to the CDC, a negative pressure room is a “single-occupancy patient-care room used to isolate persons with a suspected or confirmed airborne infectious disease”.

COVID-19 Testing

We are offering two options for COVID-19 testing to all undergraduate and graduate students. Students can get tested within UHS or use the testing boxes located at the second-floor entrance on the Student Health Center building's south side, facing Millenium Science Complex. Both testing options require an appointment. We are open for COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. until the holiday break. 

Please Note: UHS does not handle the surveillance testing or walk-up testing. Determine which test you need through the COVID-19 decision tree.

Testing Boxes

The testing boxes are a fast and easy way for students who have a COVID-19 concern or have mild COVID-19 symptoms to get tested. Those with more severe symptoms will be asked to be tested in-house at the Student Health Center. Once an appointment has been made for the testing boxes, students will arrive at the second-floor entrance on the Student Health Center building's south side, facing Millenium Science Complex, and follow the signs to the testing boxes. At the box, students will be directed by a UHS provider to step up to the box and get tested. Getting tested only takes about 30 seconds.

In-house Testing

Students who may be experiencing more concerning symptoms will be tested within UHS in its newly built negative pressure suite. When available, the new Abbott test IDNow test kits and equipment allows Penn State to rapidly sample 100 symptomatic students on average per day through a nostril test. Quest Labs is used for confirmatory testing and when Abbott IDNow tests are not available. A Quest representative, Sarah Kostuk pennstatetestingsupport@questdiagnostics.com, may reach out to students if the information in the student-created Quest account is incomplete.

COVID-19 Patient Fact Sheets:

Extra cleaning measure

High touch areas will be disinfected regularly throughout the day. Exam areas will also be disinfected to appropriate standards. Multiple alcohol-based hand rub stations are accessible. Any person entering the building will be asked to clean their hands with alcohol-based hand rub.

Physical (social) distancing

Staff and patients are expected to be 6 feet apart as much as possible. Many of our waiting areas have been reconfigured or eliminated to help make physical distancing easier.

Safety guards

We have added plastic barriers at desks and disposable covers for frequently used items such as our x-ray equipment to maintain safety for staff and patients.

Pharmacy curbside pickup and delivery

The UHS Pharmacy is open and fully stocked. You can pick up a prescription without having to get out of your car. No car? No problem! You can also wait outside the building and have your prescription delivered to you outside. Prescriptions can even be mailed to your home for $3.00 monthly.

Travel to areas which require Nucleic Acid and IgM Antibody testing

Call the UHS Advice nurse at 814-863-4463 to schedule both tests. The nucleic acid testing will occur through a nasal swab collected at the UHS testing Boxes. The IgM antibody test is a blood test that will be drawn at the UHS lab.

University Health Services is an all-inclusive health care service at University Park offering medical, pharmacy, lab, imaging, physical therapy, medical records, insurance, and emergency services in one convenient on-campus location. We employ a team of knowledgeable and compassionate clinicians and support staff who are able to diagnose and treat routine illnesses and preexisting medical conditions. Our clinicians provide treatment for a wide array of health concerns that most commonly include:

  • Sore throats
  • Fever
  • Colds
  • Viral Infections
  • Flu
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Headaches
  • Routine Medical Exams
  • STIs/STDs
  • And More

We invite you to learn more about University Health Services. Please explore our departments and areas of specialization, or visit myUHS to schedule your first appointment.

Penn State Student Affairs
University Health Services

Accredited by Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.

Location

Student Health Center
University Park, PA 16802
uhs-info@psu.edu