The Health and Wellness Center offers a broad spectrum of services to meet the needs of students. The work of the Center is based upon the concept of wellness––making a commitment to growth in the social, physical, emotional, spiritual, and occupational dimensions of life. A diversified team of health professionals work together to develop services which positively impact the students’ college experience. Charges apply for certain services and can be billed to the student’s private health insurance for medical and psychiatric services or paid by cash, check or billed to the student’s bursar account. Third party billing helps alleviate some of the financial pressures faced by students and their parents. To inquire about our fee schedule or for other information, please call 814-949-5540. Health and Wellness Center services include health services, counseling and psychological services, health education, and disability services.
On-Line Student Access
- Schedule and manage appointments
- Submit pre-visit questionnaires
- Receive lab results
- Communicate securely with the Health and Wellness Center
- View billing statements
Health Services is open Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is staffed by a full complement of health professionals. Physician assistants and nurse practitioners perform medical evaluations, treatments, and procedures under established guidelines. If your needs fall outside these guidelines, you may be referred to our campus physician. Health Services also offers specialty services, as well as an allergy and immunization clinic, and a women’s health program. This program includes gynecological exams, pap smears, pregnancy and STI testing, birth control options, and sexual health counseling. The Health Services staff assists in maintaining and promoting the health of all students.
Penn State requires all degree-seeking students to be immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella and to submit immunization information online. Students are also encouraged to complete an online health history form.
The University does not assume any liability for injuries sustained on University property and does not obligate itself for payment of medical services other than those provided by employees or personnel retained by the University and facilities owned by the University. Students are strongly urged to protect themselves against medical expenses that may result from injury or illness by arranging for personal insurance coverage. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange his or her own transportation to off-campus medical facilities when referral is suggested by Health Services. The University is not obligated to provide transportation to other medical facilities.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Students often encounter a great deal of stress during their college years (i.e. academic, social, family, work, financial). While most students cope successfully with the demands of college life, for some the pressures can become overwhelming and unmanageable. Counseling and Psychological Services provides a comprehensive array of confidential counseling options for individuals experiencing emotional and behavioral barriers interfering with effective learning and goal attainment. Individual counseling and case management is available, focusing on areas such as stress, emotional management, depression, anxiety, problem relationships, alcohol and other drug abuse, poor academic performance, eating disorders, and sexual assault/past abuse. Online behavioral health screenings on depression, alcohol abuse, and eating disorders are available on the Health and Wellness center site. All sessions are completely confidential and students work closely with their assigned counselor to decrease symptoms and promote adaptive coping. The first eight counseling sessions are free for full-time students. The counseling center is open Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Our goal is to promote health and wellness awareness, positive health behavior, and disease prevention through outreach activities and patient education. Various promotional campaigns and special events, which take place throughout the year, are carefully designed to enhance the health and wellbeing of the campus community. The health educator offers student support and information on issues such as stress management, healthy relationships, smoking cessation, exercise and weight management, nutrition, sexual assault, and other wellness areas. The Know Your Numbers program offers students a comprehensive health assessment on cardiac risk, cholesterol, nutrition, and body fat analysis. The Connect program offers students both individual and group sessions on maintaining and establishing healthy weight and nutrition. Students may participate in the program at any time throughout the academic year. Student self-assessment and health education programs are available and are scheduled by appointment Monday-Thursday at noon.
AWARE Alcohol and Other Drug Intervention Program
AWARE is a psycho-educational program designed for students facing substance related violations both on and off campus. Students with an identified need or concern with alcohol and other drug issues may be referred by Judicial Affairs, Residence Life, faculty/staff, community agencies, and by students themselves.
Penn State Altoona is strongly committed to providing equal access to its academic programs and services for all students with disabilities that are otherwise qualified. Students with special needs, including students with physical or emotional impairments or learning disabilities, are required to meet with the disability services coordinator prior to attending classes. Documentation from a licensed psychologist or physician must be submitted for review indicating the functional limitations related to the disability and suggested accommodations. Accommodations may include classroom assistance, early registration, or housing accommodations. Information on specific documentation requirements and the procedure for registration with Disability Services may be found online.