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Health Services

Student Health Services is staffed by experienced, caring health care providers who have worked in college health for many years. All providers come with national certifications in their area of specialty.

Although Student Health Services provides many services to your son or daughter, health insurance is still needed to cover services beyond those offered on campus. The University requires that all students provide proof of personal health insurance on an annual basis. If a student requires insurance, the University sponsors a sickness and accident insurance plan at a reasonable cost.

Information to Know

  • Student Health Services (SHS) is open 5 days/week, 9:00am to 8:00pm.
  • SHS is staffed by nationally certified nurse practitioners, a part-time medical physician, and nurses experienced in college healthcare.
  • There is no charge for a visit with a healthcare provider in SHS.
  • SHS offers both walk-in times and scheduled appointments.
  • If your son/daughter is feeling ill or is injured while at college, they should call SHS. They will either be given an appointment or instructed to come in during walk-in time.
  • If your son/daughter has any questions about health, lifestyle, diet, or is feeling “stressed out,” our professional staff is available for them. We are ready to answer questions, examine/test, counsel, and refer them when necessary.
  • If urgent/emergency medical care is required when SHS is closed, students are instructed to call Campus Safety at ext. 4200. A campus safety officer will be dispatched and will transport the student to the hospital.
  • When refills are needed, the student can bring his/her empty prescription bottle to SHS. The healthcare providers at SHS will assist the student with the refilling of the required medication.
  • It is very important for students to understand their health insurance plan. We recommend each student have a copy of their insurance card in their wallet. Find out in advance if a referral is required for labs, x-rays, or specialist care.

Campus Safety

Centrally located on the ground level of Old Main on the Main Campus, the Campus Safety Department provides 24-hour-per-day, seven-day-a-week service and protection. The department uses highly visible officers on bicycles, vehicles, and foot patrols.

Campus Safety provides:

  • Escort service for individual protection.
  • Transportation to nearby medical facilities for emergencies.
  • Two shuttle buses that circulate the campus three times per hour from 6:00pm to 1:00am on weekdays and until 3:00am on weekends.

The shuttle also provides transportation to nearby off-campus locations. Additionally, the campus is closely monitored via surveillance cameras and emergency call stations are located throughout the campus.

All of Widener’s officers receive mandatory on-the-job and in-service training and are instructed in first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, with most officers currently certified by the American Red Cross in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).