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Health & Counseling

Caring for Your Body and Mind

Your physical and emotional health are important to your overall success in and out of the classroom.

Bridgewater offers confidential medical and counseling services to all students, delivered by compassionate professionals. We help students maintain healthy lives through education and preventative care initiatives.

HIPPA Notice of Privacy Practices

Medical Services

If you visit the Student Health Center with a medical concern, you’ll receive care from the College nurse and nurse practitioner. The Center’s services are managed by a board-certified family physician with a medical practice in Bridgewater.

Our services include:

  • Evaluation, treatment and follow up for acute illnesses
  • Over-the-counter medications and prescriptions
  • Medical supplies, such as crutches, on loan
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • First aid treatment and supplies
  • Diagnostics such as rapid strep test, mono test and routine urinalysis

Our providers offer primary care, addressing general medical problems. Some health concerns may call for a referral to a specialist—a physician who has advanced training in a specific medical discipline. You or your parents are responsible for medical services delivered by an outside provider.

Most of the Student Health Center’s services and supplies are free to all students. You’ll be responsible for paying for medical care, procedures and prescriptions obtained from off-campus facilities.

Vaccination Policy

Before you can begin classes, you’ll need to provide documentation to show that you’ve received the MMR, varicella, TDAP, hepatitis B, polio and meningitis vaccines. This is a requirement of Virginia state law.

Health Records and Confidentiality

Information contained in a student’s medical record is confidential and may not be released to anyone, including parents, faculty or staff without written permission from the student.

If you have any chronic medical history, take special medications or need special medical attention or treatment, you should make these needs known to Health Services. It may also be helpful to notify residence life staff and your roommate in the event that you need assistance (e.g., if you are an insulin dependent diabetic or have a history of seizures).

Incoming students: Information on submitting your health record can be found on the incoming students page of MyBC at Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf) for answers to the most common health record questions.

Student Health Insurance

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 to review policy details before you purchase any plan.

Health Services Hours and Location

Health Services is located inside the Funkhouser Wellness Center. The entrance is located to the right of the main double door entrance facing the parking lot off College View Drive.

Clinic Hours:

Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

After Hours Medical Emergency Information

If you need medical attention or have a question after regular hours:

  • Contact one of the resident advisors or area coordinators for your building, who will assist in getting medical attention.
  • If you have an emergency, do not hesitate to call 911.

Local Clinics

Augusta Health Urgent Care
1140 Keezletown Road
Weyers Cave, VA
Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Walk-in, no appointment needed

755 M.L.K. Jr. Way,
Harrisonburg, VA
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 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. – 5 p.m.
Call for same day appointment
$50 by cash or credit card, receipt provided for filing insurance

Carilion Family Medicine
200 High Street
Bridgewater, VA

Health Center Staff

Dr. Arlene McCain
Supervising Physician
Carilion Family Medicine–Bridgewater
200 High Street Bridgewater, VA 22812

Linda Bowers, LPN

Counseling Services

College is a time when you are making many adjustments. You’re taking more responsibility for yourself. Adapting to a new living environment. Balancing a demanding academic program with social needs. All of this may cause stress, anxiety and other emotional concerns.

Our professional counselors offer an accepting and confidential environment where you can share your thoughts and feelings. We will listen to your concerns and help you understand your feelings.

StepUP! Bystander Intervention

As part of the Choices grant, Step Up! – a bystander intervention training program has been implemented across campus. The goal of Step Up! is to make our campus a safer place to live, work and study and teach the College community how one person can make a difference to prevent dangerous situations.

Find Out More About StepUp!

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Information regarding emergency situations should not be communicated via email. Please contact Campus Police and Safety at 540-578-5609.