Home Life at Bridgewater Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

Caring for your body and mind

Bridgewater’s Student Health Center, Counseling Center, and Wellness Programming take a holistic approach to student wellbeing. We strive to empower students to become more responsible and proactive in their own physical, emotional, and social health.

Our medical practitioners provide initial consultation, evaluation, treatment, and follow up for illnesses and injuries. All services and supplies provided at Health Services are free of charge to any student, whether they are full time or part time, resident or non-resident. There are times when the provider may determine that a student’s specific injury or illness should be treated by a specialist, may require additional procedures (x-ray, lab work, etc.) or treatment at a more advanced facility. When that occurs, it is recommended that the student collaborate with their health insurance provider to determine what additional costs may be incurred by the referral as any off-campus service and all prescription medications are the student’s financial responsibility.

The following diagnostic tests are available at no charge to the student, upon the order of our provider:

Before you can begin classes, you’ll need to provide documentation to show that you’ve received vaccinations, which is a requirement of Virginia state law. To do so, please visit MyBC for instructions about how to download, complete, and electronically submit the appropriate forms as part of the incoming student “My To Do List”

At institutions of higher education, the confidentiality of medical records is governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Information contained in the medical and mental health record of each student is confidential and may not be released to anyone outside of the College, including parents, without written permission from the student, except under specific emergency circumstances as outlined by the Code of Virginia. If a student has any chronic condition, takes special medication, or needs specific health treatment, it is recommended that they make these needs known to the appropriate department. If the student lives with a condition (i.e. insulin dependent diabetes or a history of seizures, etc.) that may require emergency assistance at some point, it may also be helpful to notify Residence Life Professional Staff.

We encourage all students to maintain comprehensive, primary health insurance coverage while enrolled at Bridgewater. Students are responsible for all medical expenses, except for those provided by the Student Health Center. The College does not provide student health insurance.

F-1 international students: Before coming to Bridgewater, you are required to prove you have sufficient health insurance coverage from a U.S.-based provider. Contact Anne Marsh at atmarsh@bridgewater.edu to review policy details before you purchase any plan.

If a student experiences a medical or mental health emergency after our offices are closed, there are a number of resources available:

  • Call 911. The Bridgewater Rescue Squad is located less than a mile from campus and provides prompt, professional service in conjunction with the Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, approximately nine miles from campus.
  • Contact a Residence Life Professional Staff Member (Area Coordinator or Residential Advisor) who is able to consult with medical professionals after hours and assist in identifying the most appropriate response and/or resource

Augusta Health Urgent Care
1140 Keezletown Road
Weyers Cave, VA
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Walk-in, no appointment needed

343 Neff Ave., Suite C
Harrisonburg, VA
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Walk-in, no appointment needed

Cooks Creek Clinic
2323 Grace Chapel Road
Harrisonburg, VA
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Call for same day appointment

Carilion Clinic Family Medicine
100 Health Center Drive
Bridgewater, VA

Change is stressful and exciting. The Bridgewater College Counseling Center stands ready to assist students in resolving their mental health concerns. Each year, a significant number of students utilize the Counseling Center as a means to address the emotional stressors that impact their day-to-day experience on campus. The Counseling Center employs licensed mental health practitioners who provide individual and group psychotherapy to students free of charge. Treatment begins with a group therapy based approach, and the staff work closely with the Student Health Center to ensure that each student receives the best care possible.

Bridgewater College Student Wellness takes a proactive approach to health and wellness through various promotion, awareness, and prevention efforts. Professional staff and student groups provide training and programming on a variety of topics including mental health, substance abuse, and sexual violence prevention.Throughout the academic year, there are wellness events where students can engage with and learn about the facets of wellness. Some of the major wellness events include Walk for Hope, an annual event focused on suicide prevention, and Red Flag week, which raises awareness about unhealthy relationships. Other events include Welcome Week, alcohol safety and healthy relationships presentations, bi-weekly therapy dog visits, bystander intervention training, the Clothesline Project, Finals Week wellness care packages, Take Back the Night, and more!

We have several student organizations dedicated to wellness, including Active Minds and BC United. Active Minds focuses on raising awareness about, advocating for, and decreasing stigma around mental health with events throughout the year. BC United provides programs and training to student organizations and athletic teams about bystander intervention, healthy relationships, and substance abuse.

Physical fitness is an important part of your personal development. You’ll find something for every fitness level at Bridgewater.

The Funkhouser Center for Health and Wellness is just steps away from your residence hall. Try out our treadmills, elliptical cross trainers and stationary bicycles. Take a yoga or cycling class. Build strength using free weights or selectorized weight machines. You can also make use of the fitness room in the Wright/Heritage Link. Or visit the indoor pool in Nininger Hall.

Questions? Contact us!

Health Services
Monday-Friday | 8 am-4:30 pm
Phone: 540-828-5384 | Fax: 540-828-5778

Wellness Programming
Phone: 540-828-8072

Counseling Center
Monday-Friday | 8 am-4:30 pm
Phone: 540-828-5402 | Fax: 540-515-3748

Information regarding emergency situations should not be communicated via email. Please contact Campus Police and Safety at 540-578-0652.

Dr. Neal Rittenhouse

Dr. Neal Rittenhouse

Associate Dean of Students
for Health and Wellness

As the Associate Dean of Students for Health and Wellness, Neal provides support and oversight for Bridgewater’s Student Health Clinic, Counseling Center, and Student Wellness.  He holds bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degrees from James Madison University and is licensed in Virginia as a Clinical Psychologist. Outside of work, Neal likes to spend time with his family and explore the outdoors.

Becky Snead

Senior Clinician

Becky started at BC in 2018 as the Senior Clinician in Student Life. From the Shenandoah Valley, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, a Master’s degree and Educational Specialist degree in Counseling, all from JMU. She holds a license in Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and is also a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. When not working she enjoys time spent playing music and time outdoors with her dog.

Shannon Pope

Director of Student Wellness/Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Shannon received her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science from Bridgewater College in 2017. She then attended the University of Virginia for her Master of Public Health degree. Shannon began as the Director of Student Wellness and Deputy Title IX Coordinator in January 2019. At Bridgewater College, she is responsible for health promotion as well as prevention and response in different areas of wellness. When she is not at work she enjoys hiking, running, skiing, and playing with her dog.