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Health & 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.

HIPPA Notice of Privacy Practices

Medical Services

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:
RAPID STREP TEST | MONO TEST | ROUTINE URINALYSIS | PREGNANCY TEST | TB TESTS

Vaccination Policy

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”

Confidentiality Policy

Information contained in the medical and mental health record of each student is confidential and may not be released to anyone, including parents, faculty, or staff, without 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, he or she should 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.

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 atmarsh@bridgewater.edu 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: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After Hours Emergency Information

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

Local Clinics

Augusta Health Urgent Care
Website
1140 Keezletown Road
Weyers Cave, VA
540-453-0040
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Walk-in, no appointment needed

EmergiCare
Website
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.
540-432-9996
Walk-in, no appointment needed

Cooks Creek Clinic
2323 Grace Chapel Road
Harrisonburg, VA
540-433-3889
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Call for same day appointment

Carilion Clinica Family Medicine
Website
100 Health Center Drive
Bridgewater, VA
540-828-2634

Counseling Services

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. There are no session limits, and the staff work closely with the Student Health Center to ensure that each student receives the best care possible.

Wellness Programming

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.

Questions? Contact Us!

Health Services
Monday-Friday | 8am-4:30 pm
Phone: 540-828-5384 | Fax: 540-828-5778
healthservices@bridgewater.edu

Wellness Programming
Phone: 540-828-8072
spope2@bridgewater.edu

Counseling Center
Monday-Friday | 8am-4:30 pm
Phone: 540-828-5402 | Fax: 540-515-3748
counseling@bridgewater.edu

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