Clinical Services

Clinical services are available for both routine and urgent care. Appointments are encouraged, but more urgent patients are triaged and seen in a timely fashion. Students benefit by establishing a primary care provider (physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) of their choice early in their academic careers.

Support services are an integral part of the Student Health Services that provides additional health care and services to the campus community.

We invite faculty and staff to take advantage of our annual influenza vaccination clinics, massage therapy, and Travel Clinic services, including administration of pre-travel immunizations. Additionally, SHS makes its professional staff available to faculty and staff who have concerns about individual students. Within the boundaries of confidentiality policies, our staff is eager to help faculty or staff address the needs of students.

To find out more about the services we provide, please make your selection from the links on the right side of this page.

If you require medical attention during non-clinic hours:

Emergency room services are provided at:
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
3600 NW Samaritan Drive
Corvallis, OR 97330
Phone: 541-768-5111

For non-life threatening injuries or illnesses when Student Health Services is closed, there are two immediate care clinics in Corvallis:

Corvallis Clinic Immediate Care Center
Asbury Building
3680 NW Samaritan Drive
Corvallis, OR 97330
Phone: 541-754-1282
Weekdays from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Weekends and holidays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Samaritan Urgent Care Center
5234 SW Philomath Blvd. (in Sunset Plaza next to Safeway)
Corvallis, OR 97333
Phone: 541-768-4970
Weekdays from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sundays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tobacco Cessation

It's never too late to quit. We're here whenever you're ready.

OSU is a smoke-free campus. Student Health Services offers one-on-one tobacco cessation services to students, faculty and staff who are thinking about or have decided to quit using tobacco. These services focus on cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, cigars, hookahs, and other types of tobacco. The American Cancer Society states that pairing Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) with a cessation program can double your chances of success.

SHS Tobacco Cessation Program

The program includes:

  • Visits with a Tobacco Cessation Coach
  • Students can receive free nicotine gum or patches

During your visits you will discuss:

  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) options and dosage
  • Quit date preparation
  • Post-quit date strategies
  • And more!

We Make It Easy

  • Appointments available at Student Health Services.
  • Services are confidential.
  • For more information or to make an appointment, call 541-737-WELL (9355).


  • Services are FREE to OSU students.
  • Faculty and staff services are $20 for initial visit, $10 for additional visits.

If you are not ready to meet with a health educator, the Wellness team at SHS also has a vast array of brochures and health education materials available for students, staff and faculty to assist with tobacco cessation. Please come to Room 337 at SHS for more information. 

Are You Living in a Fantasy?

Are you living in a fantasy?

Q: What is a nondaily smoker? 

A: A nondaily smoker is someone who smokes less than 30 days in a 30-day period of time. You may think of it as your friend who only smokes on the weekends or at parties, or during high periods of stress.

Smoking factWhile Benton County has one of the lowest rates of smoking in Oregon (10.8 percent), students at Oregon State exceed county rates at 14 percent1 for daily and nondaily smoking.

Approximately 10 percent of OSU students report nondaily cigarette smoking, and 12 percent report nondaily hookah use.1

While college students may view nondaily smoking as low or no-risk for becoming addicted to nicotine, 68 percent of first-time smokers become nicotine dependent.2

Smoking factUse of substances like marijuana or alcohol increases your chances of smoking.

College-age students can experience negative health effects from smoking even at a young age. The lungs do not reach their full size until late teens for females and after the age of 20 years for males. Smoking hampers the development of your lungs, and therefore young smokers experience poor lung function and decreased development of their lungs.3 Consequently, even young smokers are less physically fit and more susceptible to respiratory diseases than nonsmokers.Smoking fact

Respiratory symptoms of young smokers include: wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and increased phlegm production.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, people who smoke die an average of 13 years sooner than nonsmokers and also experience early heart disease and DNA damage that can cause cancer anywhere in the body. Fortunately people who smoke but quit before the age of 30 years will reverse much of the damage caused by tobacco use.4 And the sooner the better!

        1. Spring 2012 ACHA-NCHA II Survey
        2. Lopez-Quintero, et. al., 2011
        3. CASA Columbia, 2007
        4. Centers for Disease Control, 2012

            Types of Tobacco

            Several different forms of tobacco are widely used in the United States. Cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and cigars are the most common types of tobacco. Hookah, a less common form of tobacco, has recently become increasingly popular. Check out the following links to find out more about these different forms of tobacco and the harmful effects associated with each type.


            Health Risks

            Smoking is the single greatest avoidable cause of disease and death. Every year about 438,000 Americans die as a result of smoking or inhaling second hand smoke. About 40 percent of these deaths are from cancer, 35 percent from heart disease and stroke, and 25 percent from lung disease. New studies have shown that about half of all regular cigarette smokers die of a smoking-related illness. Smoking not only harms your lungs, it negatively affects nearly every organ in the body.

            Smoking is the leading cause of cancer, and leads to the most deaths from cancer. These cancers include lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach and cervix. Smoking has been shown to cause heart disease, stroke, lung disease, hip fractures and cataracts.

            At least 250 of the 4,000 chemicals found in cigarette smoke are known to be harmful. Some of the most toxic chemicals include hydrogen cyanide (used in chemical weapons), carbon monoxide (found in car exhaust), formaldehyde (used in embalming fluid), ammonia (found in household cleaners), and toluene (found in paint thinners).

            Regardless of age and duration of smoking, quitting can significantly reduce risk of cancer and greatly improve overall health.

            Although smoking rates have declined over the years, more than one in five Americans smoke. In 2004, this included about 21 percent of adults and more than 22 percent of high school students. Among young people ages 18-24 almost 28 percent are smokers. Approximately 26 percent of white, 22 percent of Hispanic and 13 percent of African American high school students currently smoke cigarettes. Of America’s middle school students, about 8 percent are current cigarette smokers.

            Benefits of Quitting

            • You will feel better: Your heart rate and blood pressure will drop, you will produce less phlegm, circulation will improve and you will breathe easier.
            • Your energy will improve: More oxygen will reach your heart, lungs and muscles. This will make you feel stronger and more energetic.
            • You will reduce the risk of illness: Your body will be able to fight illnesses such as colds much better.
            • Food will taste better: Your sense of smell and taste will return and your appetite will improve.
            • You will save money: Figure out how much you spend each week on tobacco products, and then multiply that by 52 weeks to find out how much you spend per year. Many people find they are spending about $1,000 per year on tobacco products! Think of something nice to buy with the extra cash you will save.
            • You’ll look better: Your teeth will be whiter and your clothes and breath will smell better.
            • Your self esteem will improve: Quitting will help you feel more control over your life. Depression that is caused by nicotine will lessen. Also, you will feel good because you are doing something to help yourself!
            • You will protect those around you: Quitting will help protect your friends and family from the dangers of second hand smoke.

            Better Physical Health: Within…

            • 20 Minutes: Blood pressure decreases, and pulse slows to its normal rate. Temperature in hands and feet increase to normal.
            • 8 Hours: Carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal, and oxygen level increases.
            • 24 Hours: Breath, hair, and body stop smelling like smoke. The chance of having a heart attack begins to decrease.
            • 48 Hours: Damaged nerve endings begin to recover. As a result, senses of taste and smell begin to improve.
            • 72 Hours: The body is virtually free of nicotine. The bronchial tubes relax, making it easier to breathe.
            • 2 Weeks to 3 Months: The lungs can hold more air. Exercise becomes easier and circulation improves.
            • 1 Month to 9 Months: Coughing, congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease. Cilia are more effective in cleaning the lungs to prevent infection. Overall energy increases.
            • 1 Year: The risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half.
            • 5 years: The risk of having a stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker.
            • 10 years: The risk of developing lung cancer is cut in half.
            • 15 years: The risk of coronary heart disease drops, usually to the level of non-smoker.

            Students can receive free one-on-one tobacco cessation counseling through Student Health Services. Call 541-737-WELL or stop by the SHS to sign up for an appointment.


            Smokeless Tobacco

            Chewing Tobacco and Snuff

            The two main types of smokeless tobacco in the United States are chewing tobacco and snuff. Chewing tobacco comes in three forms; loose leaf, plug and twist. Snuff is finely ground tobacco that can be dry, moist, or in sachets (tea bag-like pouches). Smokeless tobacco is placed in the cheek or between the gum and cheek. Users then suck on the tobacco and spit out the tobacco juices, which is why smokeless tobacco is often referred to as "spit tobacco" or "spitting tobacco."

            Smokeless tobacco is a significant health risk and is not a safe substitute for smoking cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco contains 28 known carcinogens. Users increase their risk of heart disease and stroke. The damage to the delicate lining of the mouth and throat can lead to cancer and/or other health problems. For example, oral health problems strongly associated with smokeless tobacco use are leukoplakia (a lesion of the soft tissue that consists of a white patch or plaque that cannot be scraped off) and recession of the gums.

            Smokeless tobacco products contain nicotine and are addictive. Quitting smokeless tobacco products is much like quitting smoking. People trying to quit using smokeless tobacco products often have a stronger need for oral substitutes (having something in their mouth) instead of chew or snuff. Quitting will make mouth sores disappear, improve breath and revive taste and smell. Quitting will also drastically decrease your risk of heart disease and cancer.

            In the United States, approximately 9 percent of American Indian/Alaska Natives, 4 percent of whites, 2 percent of African Americans, 1 percent of Hispanics and 0.6 percent of Asian-American adults are current users of smokeless tobacco products. Smokeless tobacco use is higher among young white males, American Indians/Alaska Natives and people living in southern and north central states. Usage is also higher in people who are employed in blue collar occupations, service/laborer jobs, or are unemployed. An estimated 10 percent of male high school students and 4 percent of male middle school students are current smokeless tobacco users.

            Student Health Services offers free tobacco cessation services for OSU students. All you have to do is call 541-737-WELL or stop by SHS to make an appointment.


            Cigars differ from cigarettes in both their size and the type of tobacco used. Cigars vary in size and shape and can be up to 7 inches long. Large cigars contain 5-17 grams of tobacco and can take 1-2 hours to smoke, while the average cigarette contains about 1 gram and take about 10 minutes to smoke. Cigars contain about 100-200 milligrams of nicotine, while cigarettes average about 8.4 milligrams. Premium cigars can each contain the tobacco equivalent of an entire pack of cigarettes. Because of their size, smoking a cigar is like smoking 3-8 cigarettes.

            Cigar smoke contains many toxic and carcinogenic compounds that are harmful. Cigars do not have filters to reduce tar and nicotine. Many people smoke cigars only occasionally and most do not inhale the smoke. Smoke enters the mouth, throat and lungs even if you don’t mean to inhale. Smoking a cigar directly exposes the lips, mouth, throat and larynx to harmful compounds. Even holding an unlit cigar between your lips exposes them to carcinogens. When you swallow saliva that contains smoke constituents the esophagus in exposed to carcinogens.

            Because of the composition of cigar smoke and the tendency of cigar smokers not to inhale, the nicotine is absorbed predominantly through the lining of the mouth rather than through the lungs. It is important to note that nicotine absorbed through the lining of the mouth is capable of forming a powerful addiction, as demonstrated by the large number of people addicted to smokeless tobacco. Both inhaled and non-inhaled nicotine can be addictive.

            An estimated 6.9 percent of African American, 6 percent of white, 4.6 percent of Hispanic, 10.9 percent of American Indian/Alaska Native and 1.8 percent of Asian American adults are current cigar smokers. Fourteen percent of high school students and 5 percent of middle school students are current cigar smokers. In both age groups males report smoking cigars more than females. Cigar smoking occurs primarily among males between ages 35-64 who have higher educational backgrounds and incomes. Today most new cigar users are young adult males ages 18-24. In 2005, cigar sales in the United States rose 15.3 percent and generated more than $2.9 billion in retail sales.

            Students can get free one-on-one tobacco cessation help through Student Health Services by calling 541-737-WELL or making an appointment at SHS.


            Hookah or water pipe smoking has been practiced for over 400 years, and is often a social activity. There are a variety of names for hookahs, including narghile, argileh, shisha, hubble-bubble, and goza. Hookah tobacco is available is many flavors such as apple, grape, mint and cappuccino.

            Using a hookah to smoke tobacco poses a serious potential health hazard to smokers and others exposed to the smoke emitted. Hookah tobacco and smoke contain many toxicants that are known to cause lung cancer, heart disease and other health complications. Even after it has passed through water, the smoke contains high levels of toxic compounds, including carbon monoxide, heavy metals, and cancer-causing chemicals, that are masked by the sweet flavors of hookah tobacco. Although many hookah smokers believe that this habit is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, hookah smoke still contains nicotine and has at least as many toxins as cigarette smoke.

            Hookah smokers face the same health risks as cigarette smokers, including decreased lung functioning, heart disease and lung cancer. In addition to these health risks, irritation from exposure to tobacco juices increases the risk of developing oral cancers. The charcoal used to heat the tobacco also increases risks by producing high levels of carbon monoxide, metals and cancer-causing chemicals. Because hookah smoking is often a social activity, sharing a hookah can increase the risk of transmission of tuberculosis, viruses such as herpes or hepatitis and many other illnesses.

            Due to the frequency of puffing, depth of inhalation and length of smoking session, hookah smokers may absorb a higher concentration of toxins. The typical hookah smoking session lasts about one hour and therefore involves inhaling as much as 100-200 times the volume of smoke than you would if you smoked one cigarette.

            Students can receive free one-on-one tobacco cessation counseling through Student Health Services. Call 541-737-WELL or stop by the SHS to sign up for an appointment.

            Hot Topics in Tobacco

            Smoking While Pregnant

            Using tobacco products while pregnant can negatively affect your unborn babies’ health. Many toxins found in cigarette smoke are passed to the baby through the placenta. This can deprive the baby of the food and oxygen it needs to develop properly. As a result, babies of mothers who smoke are often underweight. These babies are more likely to need special care and therefore may have to stay longer in the hospital. Some may die at birth or within the first year. Other health risks involved with smoking while pregnant include miscarriage, still births and premature births. According to the American Lung Association, "smoking during pregnancy is estimated to account for 20-30 percent of low-birth weight babies, up to 14 percent of pre-term deliveries and some 10 percent percent of all infant deaths."

            Some of the effects of smoking while pregnant may not show up at birth, but may begin as the baby develops. Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) is more common among babies of mothers who smoked while pregnant. Smoking during and after pregnancy may lead to asthma in children. Children of mothers who smoked while pregnant may also have learning difficulties and/or behavioral problems.

            If you are pregnant, quitting will greatly improve your health AND your chances of having a healthy baby.

            Secondhand Smoke

            Secondhand smoke contains many of the same chemicals inhaled by the smoker themselves. About 500 chemicals in secondhand smoke are known to be toxic or carcinogenic. There is no safe amount of secondhand smoke; even the smallest amounts can be harmful to your health. Non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25-30 percent and increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20-30 percent.

            Secondhand smoke kills approximately 65 Oregonians each month. Ninety-one percent of Oregonians favor a smoke-free workplace. (Information provided by the Benton County Health Department.)

            Children are especially vulnerable to secondhand smoke. Smoking around children is responsible for many hospitalizations, new cases of asthma, lung infections and is responsible for 40 percent of all SIDS cases.

            Light Cigarettes

            Light cigarettes are generally low-tar cigarettes. The use of light cigarettes greatly increases as age, education level and income level increases. Because of the light cigarette target market, it is not surprising that women use them much more than men.

            Many smokers belive that smoking low-yield or menthol cigarettes is safer than smoking regular cigarettes. Marketing tactics imply that low-yield cigarettes are less harmful. Because many smokers actually block the vents or take bigger puffs when smoking light cigarettes, they may be getting just as much tar and nicotine as from regular cigarettes.

            There is no evidence that switching to light cigarettes can help a smoker quit, or improve their health. Smoking light cigarettes is dangerous and poses the same health risks as smoking regular cigarettes.

            Students can get free one-on-one tobacco cessation help through Student Health Services by calling 541-737-WELL or making an appointment at SHS.

            How to Help Someone Quit

            • Express your own concern about the smoker’s health
            • Acknowledge that the smoker may find it difficult to quit.
            • Be aware that nicotine withdrawals may make them grouchy and irritable; try to be understanding and forgive them.
            • Be encouraging and express your faith that the smoker can quit for good.
            • Give lots of praise and offer rewards for getting through a day, week, or a month without using tobacco products.
            • Offer to do things together that do not involve smoking.
            • Help them out in tough situations like social events and stressful times.
            • Suggest a specific action, such as calling a smoking quit line for help in quitting smoking.
            • Ask the smoker for ways you can provide support.
            • Don’t send quitting materials to tobacco users unless they ask for them.
            • Don’t criticize, nag, or remind the person about past failures.
            • Don’t tell them how easy it was for you or someone else you know who has quit.
            • Don’t use tobacco products around your friend.

            Students can get free one-on-one tobacco cessation help through Student Health Services by calling 541-737-WELL or making an appointment at SHS. 

            Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

            Individuals who are thinking about quitting should look into Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Nicotine Replacement Therapy can help you with the uncomfortable physical symptoms of withdrawal while allowing you to concentrate on the habit itself. Individuals who use Nicotine Replacement Therapy in combination with support services are likely to be 70 percent more successful in a quit attempt.

            There are several NRT options. Costs range from $50-$200 for a one-month prescription, or $15-$55 a month for over-the-counter NRT.

            NRT Options 

            • Nicotine Patch: Sold over the counter as an 8-week quit program with decreasing amounts of nicotine as the program progresses. Patches are applied directly to the skin, and are changed daily.
            • Nicotine Gum and Nicotine Lozenge: Both are available over the counter in 2 and 4 mg strengths. They help to substitute oral activity as well as decrease nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Nicotine is released into the body through the inner lining of the mouth.
            • Nicotine Nasal Spray: Available by prescription only. The spray is similar to nasal decongestant spray, and delivers nicotine through the nasal membranes. Nicotine is delivered into the body more quickly than the gum and lozenges.
            • Nicotine Inhaler: Available by prescription only. The inhaler is designed similarly to fast acting asthma inhalers/puffers. Nicotine is delivered through the lining of the mouth.
            • Prescription Drugs: Varenicline and Bupropion are both prescription drugs approved by the FDA to treat nicotine addiction. Bupropion is an antidepressant marketed as Zyban®, and can be used safely with other nicotine replacement therapy such as nicotine gum. Varenicline, also know as Chantix®, was FDA approved in 2006 to treat nicotine addiction. Ask a doctor for more information about these prescriptions.

            All forms of NRT have side effects; most are fairly easy to tolerate. Nicotine Replacement Therapy is not designed to be used while still smoking (or using other tobacco products). It becomes a health concern if you are using NRT as well as using your normal amount of tobacco product. Withdrawal from NRT products is uncommon and most people find it easy to gradually stop using them after they have completely stopped using tobacco products.

            Learn more about NRT at the American Heart Association Web site.

            **Students can purchase gum and/or patches in the SHS Pharmacy at a reduced cost.

            Students can get free one-on-one tobacco cessation help through Student Health Services by calling 541-737-WELL or making an appointment at SHS.   

            Self Help

            Questions to Ask Yourself

            • Why do you want to quit today?
            • How motivated are you to quit using tobacco today?
            • Are there supportive people in your life to help you?
            • What are your major concerns about this attempt to quit? (failure, withdrawal, increased stress, etc.)

            Challenges When Trying to Quit

            • Feeling sad or anxious
            • Weight gain: quitting will likely increase your appetite and you may gain weight. It has been shown that people who do gain weight while quitting gain less than 10 pounds. If this is a concern, make sure you get plenty of exercise and try to eat a well-balanced diet.
            • Depression and anxiety
            • Irritability

            Many people find it very difficult to quit using tobacco products. People commonly quit and then find themselves using the product again, especially in the first few weeks or months after quitting. People who use tobacco products after quitting should try to quit again. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip, just remind yourself of the reasons you are quitting, and try again. It may take four or more attempts before you are able to quit for good. Each time you try, you get closer to quitting for good by finding out what works for you and what doesn’t. People who stop smoking for three months or longer have an excellent chance of remaining tobacco free for the rest of their lives.

            Tools, Tests and Exercises

            It is helpful to complete all of the tests, tools and exercises found in this section of the website. That way you can get a better sense of your personal usage and develop your own strategies to help yourself quit.

            Tools to Help You Quit

            QUIT LINES

            • Oregon Tobacco Quit Line offers free quitting information and one-on-one telephone counseling.
            • Call toll-free: 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669)
            • Spanish language line: 1-877-2NO-FUME (1-877-266-3863)


            Students can get free one-on-one tobacco cessation help at the Student Health Center. Stop by or set up an appointment by calling 541-737-WELL (9355).

            Tobacco and Culture

            Advertising Tobacco Products

            • Many tobacco companies have heavily targeted women in their marketing efforts, and several companies have produced cigarettes specifically for women.
            • Some tobacco companies disproportionately advertise to certain racial/minority groups. For example, tobacco brands with names such as Rio, Dorado and American Spirit target American Indians/Alaska Natives much more than any other racial groups.
            • Producing flavored cigarettes is just one tactic tobacco companies have come up with to legally advertise towards youth.
            • Athletes are the largest marketing source for spit tobacco, and are often seen on TV using it during a game.
            • Marketing efforts have portrayed cigars as symbols of a luxuriant and successful lifestyle. Celebrity endorsements, images of attractive women smoking cigars, and product placement in movies have increased the visibility of cigar smoking in American society.

            Articles about Tobacco Advertising


            Acupuncture is a system of medical diagnosis and treatment which originated in ancient China. Acupuncture is defined by Oregon law as a part of the practice of medicine and includes the following techniques:

            • Acupuncture is the use of thin wire needles to stimulate points on the body.
            • Acupressure uses massage techniques including Tui Na and Shiatsu.
            • Cupping is the application of suction cups.
            • Coining is a strong friction technique which produces local redness.
            • Dietary and herbal advice is based on traditional Oriental medical uses of foods and herbs and also includes the use of vitamin and mineral supplements.
            • Electroacupuncture is the use of mild pulsating current to stimulate acupuncture points and meridians.
            • Moxibustion is the application of heat to acupuncture points and meridians.
            • Acupuncture is safe, natural and drug-free.

            Eligibility and Cost

            Acupuncture is available at Student Health Services @ Dixon (Dixon Recreation Center) to students only. Check the Most Common Fees section of this website for current charges. Students do not require a medical referral and can make an appointment by calling 541-737-7556 or 541-737-9355.

            Please download, print, and fill out the Acupuncture Health History Form (PDF) before your first visit, and bring the completed form with you to your appointment.


            In China, acupuncture is used in a very broad range of disorders. In the USA, it is used in a more limited way, often in conjunction with the other medical resources available here. Conditions that are commonly treated are the following:

            Chronic and Acute Pain

            • Low Back Pain
            • Neck Pain
            • Arthritic & Rheumatic Pain
            • Sciatica
            • Muscular Spasm
            • Headache
            • Tendonitis

            Neurologic Rehabilitation

            • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
            • Trigeminal Neuralgia
            • Facial Paralysis/Bell's Palsy
            • Peripheral Neuropathies
            • Stroke Rehabilitation

            Abdominal Conditions

            • Gastro-Intestinal Disorders
            • PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome)

            Respiratory Diseases

            • Sinusitis
            • Bronchitis

            Psycho-physical Conditions

            • Stress
            • Moderate Depression

            Drug Withdrawal

            • Nicotine
            • Alcohol
            • Cocaine

            Contraindications and Side Effects

            Acupuncture is contraindicated in people with severe bleeding disorders. In case of severe trauma or life threatening medical disorders, treatment by biomedical providers is most appropriate. Side effects from acupuncture are very rare, potentially including the following:

            • minor pain or bruising
            • fainting
            • needle breakage
            • lung puncture

            Here at SHS we have never had a serious injury result from acupuncture treatment.

            Patients with bleeding disorders, pacemakers, or pregnancy should inform the acupuncturist prior to treatment.

            How Many Treatments are Necessary?

            This depends on your individual condition and how well you respond to acupuncture treatment. Generally, chronic conditions require more treatment than acute; younger patients tend to heal faster than the elderly. The acupuncturist can usually estimate the number of treatments required for similar cases.

            How Does Acupuncture Work?

            Acupuncture draws on the body's own ability to heal itself, apparently stimulating that function in several ways. According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture balances the energy flow of the body. Each acupuncture point has well-defined functions for the restoration of health and harmony. While the mechanisms of action remain only partially understood, there is a significant body of research demonstrating the effects of acupuncture.

            Acupuncture Needles

            Only pre-sterilized disposable acupuncture needles are used during the procedure. Needles are used only one time and then disposed of safely.

            About Acupuncturists

            Oregon has had licensed acupuncturists as independent practitioners for more than 20 years. The State requires three years of training in an approved program. Course work includes relevant Western biomedical sciences as well as acupuncture. A board examination is also required to be licensed as an L.Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist).

            Allergy and Asthma

            SHS hopes to assist you in any way possible with the management of your allergy and asthma symptoms while you are an OSU student.

            Many people suffer from allergies, especially seasonal allergies. The Willamette Valley, which includes Corvallis, is notorious for causing increased symptoms for allergy and asthma sufferers. Many people with asthma also suffer from allergies, which can trigger their asthma symptoms. However, asthma can occur without allergic symptoms, such as exercise-induced asthma. To meet your educational needs as efficiently and effectively as possible, this page has been divided into two main links:

            What is the Allergy and Asthma Clinic?

            The Allergy and Asthma Clinic provides primary treatment and education about allergy and asthma with the goal of optimizing control of your symptoms and, in so doing, improving your quality of life. If you need treatment for symptoms, medication refills, or a medical evaluation you should make an appointment with a clinician. The nurses in the department see patients who are referred by a clinician for pulmonary function testing, education, or information on available resources. Nurses also work with outside providers to give immunotherapy (allergy shots).

            Why see us?

            As college health care providers, we are not only able to provide allergy and asthma care, but we do so with the ultimate goal of keeping you fit and healthy so you can be academically successful. We can also refer you to other campus resources that can assist you with a variety of problems.

            How do I make an appointment?

            If you are experiencing severe asthma or allergy symptoms (difficulty breathing), seek medical attention immediately at Student Health Services if the clinic is open, or at an alternate clinic or Emergency Room. If symptoms are life threatening call 9-1-1.

            Call the main Student Health Services number: 541-737-WELL (9355) to schedule an appointment with a clinician for allergies and/or asthma. If you have questions please call: 541-737-7565 to speak with an asthma/allergy nurse.

            What should I bring with me?

            Bring a list of all medications with you to your appointment. Also, bring any other relevant information you may have.

            Allergies and Treatment

            Desensitization Injections (Allergy Shots)

            Administering antigens outside of a medical facility equipped to handle allergic reactions is unwise. We therefore advise against patients injecting themselves or having others do it at home. Allergy patients who are pregnant or taking beta adrenergic blocking medication will be referred back to their own allergist (or to a local allergist) for their injections.

            The following is some important information and procedures of which you need to be aware before initiating allergy treatment at SHS. Please take a few minutes to review this page; the Allergy and Asthma Clinic nurse is pleased to answer any questions or concerns you might have about your allergies or allergy treatment at SHS.

            Important Information About Allergy Injections

            Students who require allergy injections may store their allergen solution at Student Health Services. A nurse will assist in following the injection schedule and will provide follow-up care. You may be able to receive an injection without an appointment if you are willing to wait for any students who may have scheduled appointments prior to your arrival. Scheduled appointments eliminate the inconvenience of such waits; ask the Allergy and Asthma Clinic nurse about scheduling appointments.

            Serum ordered by an outside physician is stored at SHS for your convenience. The allergy nurse will insure that the vial is clearly labeled with the following information before storage: your name, contents, concentration, manufacturer and expiration date. Please supply the Allergy and Asthma Clinic nurse with a schedule of injections, dosage prescribed, and comments about any reactions you might have had.

            If your vials have been mailed to us, please check with the Allergy and Asthma Clinic nurse to be sure it has arrived before you are due for an injection. All antigen left in the Allergy and Asthma Clinic will be discarded when it becomes outdated, or one year from the date of manufacture noted on the label.

            During Appointments for Allergy Injections

            It's important that you communicate the following information to the Allergy and Asthma Clinic nurse before receiving an injection so that proper dosage can be determined:

            • Signs or symptoms of illness, extreme fatigue or a flare up of allergy symptoms
            • Delayed reactions to the previous injection that occurred after leaving the clinic
            • Changes in amounts, frequency or types of medications

            It is unsafe to receive allergy injections within a short period before or after donating blood or receiving certain immunizations. If you plan to donate blood or if you need an immunization, you may need to schedule your allergy injection at least 48 hours before or after either experience. Some immunizations can be given at the same time as allergy injections, including vaccinations for flu and tetanus.

            Serious systemic reactions to antigen are rare but unpredictable. When they do occur, it is usually within 30 minutes of an injection. For your protection, we require that you remain at Student Health Services for 30 minutes following your injection. Students who do not comply with the full waiting period will be referred to an outside provider for allergy injections. Before leaving, allow the nurse to check the injection site for local reaction.

            Initial visits are done for all desensitization patients during the first appointment of the school year. Health information is updated and consents are signed.

            Between Allergy Injections

            Strenuous activities should be avoided following an injection of antigen. Please avoid activities that increase the heart rate for at least two hours after you receive an injection: running, jogging, team sports, racket sports, skiing, skating, tennis, taking saunas, sunbathing or using a hot tub.

            The source of your allergy symptoms (dust mites, pollens, animal dander, mold, etc.) should be avoided as much as possible during the 24 hour periods before and after your injection. It is advisable to have an antihistamine on hand. If you have none, please consult a clinician at SHS. There is no office visit fee for allergy appointments.


            A fee is assessed for each injection you receive. The Allergy and Asthma Clinic nurse can tell you what the fee is currently.

            Allergy and Asthma Clinic Hours

            Allergy services are scheduled daily Monday through Friday during clinic hours until 4:00 p m.

            Asthma and Treatment

            Your health is the foundation of your ultimate success as a student at Oregon State University. As someone with asthma, your overall health depends on good control of your asthma symptoms. The goal of the Allergy and Asthma Clinic is to provide primary education to allergy and asthma patients to optimize control of symptoms. As you learn to control your asthma symptoms, you also improve your quality of life.

            Management of Asthma in Adults and Children (PDF)

            This document, though somewhat technical, should be understandable to the educated asthma patient. It outlines treatment and education recommendations for asthma symptom management at four stages of severity/intensity. Ask your provider if you have questions about these asthma guidelines.

            Asthma Action Plan (PDF)

            This Asthma Action Plan, provided by the American Lung Association, lists symptoms and treatments according to asthma severity. If you have asthma, ask your health care provider to complete an Asthma Action Plan for you.

            Asthma Symptom Control

            This brief quiz will assist you in knowing whether your asthma symptoms are being adequately controlled. If the quiz informs you that your symptoms are not adequately controlled on your current asthma treatment plan, please see your health care provider.

            Asthma Symptom Control

            Frequent or premature refills on asthma rescue inhalers (Albuteral, Proventil, Ventolin, Maxair), raise concern that your asthma is not under adequate control. If you can answer "yes" to any of the following questions, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with your provider to have your asthma care plan re-evaluated.

            1. Have you experienced chest tightness or shortness of breath more than twice each week?
            2. Have you been awakened by these symptoms more than twice in the last month?
            3. Did the quick relief medication incompletely control the symptoms?
            4. Has your asthma kept you from doing anything you wanted to do in the last two weeks?
            5. Have you missed work or school because of your asthma in the last two months?
            6. Have you needed to go to an emergency room for your asthma in the last two months?


            Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (or ADHD) is characterized by a number of symptoms that begin in childhood. Problems with attention, concentration and organization, impulsive behaviors, fidgeting and distractibility are a few of the common symptoms. Some people will have these symptoms minus the hyperactive fidgeting, sometimes referred to as ADD. There is no single test for ADHD/ADD, which is a complex condition and is sometimes difficult to diagnose. It is important to have a thorough evaluation since these symptoms could be the result of other conditions or factors not related to ADHD.

            Other Conditions Can Cause Poor Focus and/or Distractibility

            It is important to know that ADHD/ADD is not the only cause of poor focus and/or distractibility. Other causes might include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance misuse, sleep disorders or sleep deprivation.

            Diagnosing ADHD/ADD

            The best way to determine if you have ADHD/ADD is to have a thorough diagnostic evaluation involving testing, clinical interviews, and a review of corroborating evidence (such as school records). While there are many options for treatment of ADHD/ADD on campus, there are no resources on campus to actually diagnose ADHD/ADD.

            If you suffer from poor focus and/or distractibility, you can schedule an appointment with a clinician at Student Health Services (SHS) or at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to help you better understand the root cause of your problem. Whatever the cause of these symptoms, CAPS and SHS will assist you with treatment options and with getting a diagnostic evaluation if ADHD/ADD is suspected.

            If your clinician feels that ADHD/ADD might be an issue, staff will provide you with information about off-campus agencies and providers who can do a thorough diagnostic evaluation. You may be eligible for financial assistance through Disability Access Services (DAS) to pay for such an evaluation if you receive federal financial aid.

            • If you choose an agency or provider to do your diagnostic evaluation with the intention that their assessment would enable SHS to prescribe your medications, please keep in mind that SHS will need your provider to give us information as outlined in Required Elements for Diagnostic Evaluations.
            • Receiving accommodations as a student with a disability (ADHD) is different than receiving medical care through SHS. Please be aware that documentation or a diagnostic assessment with the goal of receiving accommodations for a disability may be different than documentation requirements for SHS. Refer to Disability Access Services (DAS) for more information about how DAS may be able to help.

            Treatment and Support

            With or without a specific diagnosis of ADHD/ADD, Counseling and Psychological Services, Disability Access Services, and the Academic Success Center offer services to help students succeed in their academic and social goals. In addition, Student Health can offer medical treatment options to students who provide the necessary documentation that strongly supports a diagnosis of ADHD/ADD and meets Student Health’s criteria for prescribing medications. Our clinicians can also medically treat a number of other conditions that may be interfering with a student’s academic and social function.

            Counseling and Psychological Services

            • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides individual services that can help you develop effective habits to compensate for poor focus, distractibility, disorganization, and/or difficulty completing tasks, whether caused by ADHD/ADD or by other conditions. They can also help with issues of poor self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, anxiety and/or depression that can accompany ADHD/ADD.
            • CAPS also offers an ADHD support group that teaches specific skills for coping with ADHD, both in and out of the classroom. The group provides an environment for students to learn from each other and receive social support for the struggles that come with having ADHD.
            • For more information about CAPS services, call 541-737-2131 or visit their website at

            Disability Access Services

            • Disability Access Services (DAS) facilitates access to university programs and services for students with disabilities through accommodations, education, consultation, and advocacy. Specifically, DAS provides accommodations to students with diagnosed disabilities, including ADHD.
            • Accommodations vary, based on the individual needs of the student making the accommodation request. Information regarding documentation requirements to receive accommodations and how to get started with DAS can be found at or call 541-737-4098.
            • PLEASE NOTE: Documentation that allows for academic accommodations through DAS does not necessarily meet the criteria for medication treatment at SHS. Refer to Documentation Necessary to Receive Medication for those requirements.

            Academic Success Center

            • The Academic Success Center (ASC) offers Academic Coaching. Students can get support in time management, test preparation, test taking and more.
            • Check out the Learning Corner on the ASC website. In particular, students may want to check out the sections on concentration and active learning.

            Student Health Services

            • Student Health Services (SHS) can manage students’ medications for ADHD if they provide documentation that meets our criteria for prescribing. If you would like SHS to manage your medications, carefully read Documentation Necessary to Receive Medication.
            • PLEASE NOTE: Because this process takes some time, you should make arrangements to continue ADHD-related care with your current provider for at least three months. Of course, SHS will see you for any other health issues or concerns during this time.

            Required Elements for Diagnostic Evaluations

            Whether you were diagnosed long ago, or whether you are seeking a diagnostic evaluation now, Student Health Services (SHS) must receive and review documentation of your ADHD/ADD diagnostic evaluation, as well as your treatment records if previously treated. Our ADHD Assessment Team meets periodically to review complete records, in the order in which they are received, to determine if we can safely prescribe your medicines.

            Diagnostic Evaluations Should Include These Elements

            1. Clinical records from medical and mental health providers, parental interviews, school report cards or assessments. Clinical records might contain:
              • History from you that includes screening tools for inattention (e.g. Brown, Connors), depression and anxiety (e.g. Beck Inventories).
              • History from parents, ideally with primary school reports/report cards, or from some other corroborating source.
            2. Testing from a clinical psychologist, which might include:
              • IQ testing (e.g. WAIS-IV, WASI II)
              • Achievement tests (i.e. Kaufman, Woodcock Johnson III)
              • Performance measures (i.e. CPT, TOVA)

            PLEASE NOTE:

            • While the evaluations containing the above referenced elements will allow the ADHD Assessment Team to make a complete determination, submitting these records does not guarantee that SHS will prescribe medication. Such determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.
            • If you are looking into a diagnostic evaluation by a clinical psychologist of your choosing, you should show them a list of the elements above to ensure you receive the testing we will need to benefit you in the academic setting.

            Documentation Necessary to Receive Medication

            In order to be prescribed medication for ADHD/ADD, Student Health Services (SHS) must receive and review documentation of prior ADHD/ADD diagnosis and treatment. Our ADHD Assessment Team meets periodically to review complete records, in the order they are received, to determine if we can safely prescribe your medicines.

            How to Get Your Records to SHS

            SHS will likely need two sets of records:

            1. A copy of the testing and evaluation that was done to diagnose ADHD/ADD
            2. A copy record of the treatment that you received (e.g. medications, counseling, etc.)

            In order to receive all records relevant to your previous ADHD/ADD evaluation and treatment, you will need to sign one Release of Information (ROI) form for each of the different providers involved in your care. Please visit or call the reception desk at Student Health (541-737-9355) to discuss what forms you will need to sign.

            Please understand that, by law, your prescribing clinician may not re-release the records sent to him or her by the providers who may have originally tested and diagnosed you. In such an instance, you would need to sign two release forms; more may be necessary.

            If Records Do Not Meet SHS Criteria

            If the ADHD Assessment Team determines that your records do not meet our criteria to prescribe your medications, we will schedule an appointment to let you know what information is lacking, and we will discuss methods for getting the necessary details. At this point, you will have several options:

            • You may continue with your current provider to maintain your prescriptions.
            • You may establish with a local community provider, who will decide if they are able to prescribe for you based on the information that you provide them.
            • You may request a list of providers who can complete a diagnostic evaluation that we know will contain the elements that meet our criteria to prescribe for you.

            If Records Do Meet SHS Criteria

            If the ADHD Assessment Team determines that your records do meet our criteria to prescribe medications, we will contact you to make an appointment with a clinician to discuss prescriptions.

            Offices That Perform ADHD Testing

            The following are local resources that perform testing for ADHD/ADD and learning disabilities.

            Kim Golletz, PhD
            Peak Psychological Services

            1300 NW Harrison Blvd, Suite 100    
            Corvallis, OR 97330

            Corvallis Clinic Behavioral Health
            444 NE Elks Drive
            Corvallis, OR 97330

            Samaritan Neuropsychology Clinic - Albany
            400 NW Hickory, Suite 300-A
            Albany, OR  97321

            OSU Disability Access Services
            A200 Kerr Administration Building
            1500 SW Jefferson Ave.
            (DAS staff refer eligible students to Western Oregon University)
            You may be eligible for financial assistance through Disability Access Services (DAS) to pay for such an evaluation if you receive federal financial aid.


            Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuro-musculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

            Why Choose Chiropractic?

            Chiropractic is effective in the treatment of lower back ailments and neck injuries and may be effective in the treatment of some headaches and other pains. Other benefits of chiropractic care include:

            • Improved muscle flexibility and joint mobility.
            • Greater feelings of relaxation and comfort.

            What is Chiropractic and Who Provides It?

            The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

            At Student Health Services, your chiropractor is a highly qualified, well-trained and experienced licensed professional. The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training. In total, the chiropractic curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience.

            Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

            How Should I Prepare and What Should I Expect from Chiropractic?

            Chiropractic patients should wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, preferably clothing that allows the patient to stretch. The initial visit will require approximately one hour. Follow-up visits will take about 30 minutes.

            How Do I Make a Chiropractic Appointment?

            Chiropractic care at OSU is available to students only, and is located at Student Health Services @ Dixon (Dixon Recreation Center). Appointments can be made by calling 541-737-7556 or by visiting the reception desk for SHS @ Dixon, just inside the west entrance. You can also schedule through the main SHS number, 541-737-9355. Appointments are made for half-hour or one-hour intervals.

            There is a charge for this service. Check the Most Common Fees section of this site for current charges. Charges for chiropractic can be billed to your OSU student account. A medical referral is not necessary. However, check with your health care insurance provider for coverage requirements. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call in advance. All missed appointments will be charged.


            Source: American Chiropractic Association


            What is Diabetes?

            Diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin that facilitates the transportation of glucose from the blood stream into organs and muscles where it serves as the main energy source.

            There are two main types of diabetes. In Type 1 diabetes, also known as insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. In Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, either the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body’s cells develop a resistance to insulin.

            Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes

            Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes
            • Frequent urination
            • Unusual thirst
            • Extreme hunger
            • Unusual weight loss
            • Extreme fatigue and irritability
            • Blurred vision
            • Any of the symptoms for Type 1
            • Recurring skin, gum, bladder infections
            • Minor injuries slow to heal
            • Tingling/numbness in hands and feet

            NOTE: Not all signs and symptoms may be present, and for Type 2 diabetes, persons can appear to be asymptomatic.

            Risk Factors

            Certain factors can put you at an increased risk for developing diabetes such as the following:

            • Family history: Having a parent or sibling with diabetes
            • Being overweight or obese: BMI >30
            • Certain racial and ethnic groups: African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
            • Metabolic syndrome: A combination of hypertension, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, and high triglycerides
            • Obstructive sleep apnea
            • Injury or diseases of the liver
            • Sedentary lifestyle
            • Women who have had gestational diabetes, who have given birth to a baby that weighed 9 pounds or more, or who have been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome


            In Type 1 diabetes, there is no specific known prevention. To help prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following:

            • Losing a small amount of weight (5-7 percent of total weight)
            • 30 minutes of physical activity five days per week
            • Healthy eating habits (limiting intake of saturated and trans fats and granulated sugars)


            Treatment depends on the type of diabetes mellitus and varies for each individual. The main goal with diabetes treatment is to restore normal blood glucose levels with insulin for Type 1 diabetes, and with a combination of physical activity, dieting and oral medications with or without insulin for Type 2 diabetes.


            There are both short-term and long-term complications that can arise. Short-term complications, associated mostly with Type 1 diabetes, include the following:

            • Hypoglycemia: A condition when blood glucose levels drop dangerously low, and if left untreated, could result in seizures, coma or even death.
            • Ketoacidosis: A condition when blood glucose levels are too high and the body uses stored body fat instead of insulin as an alternative source of fuel. This toxic state can lead to coma and possibly death.

            Long-term effects of unmanaged diabetes in both Type 1 and Type 2 can cause serious health issues including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. According to the CDC reports in 2011, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

            Working together, people with diabetes, their support network, and their health care providers can reduce the occurrence of these and other diabetes complications by controlling the levels of blood glucose, blood pressure, and blood lipids, and by receiving other preventive care practices in a timely manner.

            Diabetes Assistance at Student Health

            Student Health provides various services to help you better manage and control your diabetes. The following is a list of services available to OSU students, most of which are available at no charge or at minimal cost. Be sure to ask your clinician if there will be additional charges associated with your office visit.

            Clinic Services

            • Primary clinician care with the Diabetes Team comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, nutritionist, and pharmacist
            • Referrals for specialized care
            • Foot care/neuropathy testing
            • Glucose meters and meter supplies (test strips, lancets, alcohol swabs) for emergencies
            • Insulin for hyperglycemic emergencies
            • Glucagon administration and/or snacks and juices for hypoglycemic emergencies
            • Finger stick glucose testing
            • Vaccines/Immunizations
            • Lab services (HbA1c, fasting glucose, urine dipstick, micro albumin, finger stick glucose)


            Health Promotion

            To make an appointment for the above services, call 541-737-9355. If you have a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1 for assistance.

            Diabetes Resources

            Diabeavers: OSU’s student-led organization that focuses on supporting students with diabetes and providing education and resources to help them better manage and understand their disease while facing college life.

            Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

            OSU Disability Access Services

            American Diabetes Association 

            Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

            National Diabetes Education Program 

            Lab and X-ray


            The laboratory at Student Health Services is staffed by medical laboratory technologists, and is equipped to provide most diagnostic procedures. All tests in the lab require a clinician's order.

            The lab is located on the first floor of the Plageman Building and the phone number is 541-737-7550. Lab hours are the same as clinic hours: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Hours may vary during breaks and in the summer.

            The SHS laboratory was a recipient of the 2015 Laboratory Excellence Award. The award – presented by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization – signifies the SHS laboratory’s commitment to providing accurate and reliable test results to OSU students.

            The award is achieved by those laboratories that are found to be compliant with all COLA essential and required criteria at the time of their on-site accreditation survey, which is performed every two years. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey.


            The X-ray department is located on the second floor of the Plageman Building where most diagnostic radiographs of major organs and bones can be provided. The staff consists of registered radiological technologists. A consulting radiologist (MD) interprets X-rays on a daily basis. X-rays must be ordered by your clinician.

            Lab and X-ray fees can be found under Most Common Fees on this site.

            Massage Therapy

            Massage therapy is an age-old health practice that has become part of many OSU students' health and fitness routine. Students find that massage is a complement to other health services in promoting their health. Therapeutic massage can be a component of your health maintenance or wellness plan.

            At Student Health Services, massage therapists are highly qualified, well-trained, experienced licensed professionals. Therapists may combine several different massage styles including Swedish, deep tissue and pressure points. Swedish massage is the most common which includes gentle strokes and deep kneading techniques.

            To Make an Appointment

            Massage Therapy is available at SHS @ Dixon. OSU students, faculty or staff can make appointments by calling 541-737-7556 or 541-737-9355.

            Appointments are made for half-hour or one-hour intervals. If you are a student, charges for your massage can be billed to your OSU account. Faculty and staff must pay at the time of services. Check with your health care insurance provider for possible coverage. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call in advance. Missed appointments will be charged. For current massage services rates, please see Most Common Fees.

            Medical Advice Nurse Line

            Medical advice is available by phone 24 hours a day, for OSU students only. During clinic hours, the advice line is staffed by a registered nurse; call 541-737-2724. If you have medical concerns after clinic hours, you can obtain a toll-free number for a medical call center by calling 541-737-9355.

            Please note: This service is available only to OSU students who are eligible for care at Student Health Services. This is NOT a public medical advice number for the general community.

            Self-care advice is available via Student Health's Healthier at School® Online Self-Care Guide.

            Men's and Women's Health

            Complete sexual health care, gynecologic care, and information are offered at Student Health Services. Men as well as women are encouraged to visit. Gynecology is staffed by practitioners who want you to know they are "askable."

            The department provides annual health exams with appropriate screenings, pregnancy testing and counseling, birth control services, testing and treatment for sexually-transmitted diseases and other conditions affecting sexual and general health. Our clinicians and support staff are sensitive to the health issues and concerns facing gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and heterosexual students. We invite you to discuss your concerns with certainty of nonjudgmental treatment.

            Men's Health

            We do serve men as well. Men who would feel more comfortable seeing a male clinician will be referred to a male clinician.

            Sexual health problems of men may include concerns about sexuality and sexual functioning, diagnosis and treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases, urinary tract infections and prostate conditions. Men need to be as concerned about the health of their sexual organs as women are of their own. We encourage male students to do regular self-exams of their testicles to check for the presence of abnormalities (e.g., lumps) that could signal a serious condition such as testicular cancer. This cancer occurs most commonly in young men, so regular self-exam is critical. A brochure entitled "Male Self-Exam" is available in the display racks on the third floor of the health center.

            Women's Health

            A physical exam is recommended for all women starting at age 21. This exam includes an assessment of general health as well as sexual health; it includes a breast exam, pelvic exam and a Pap smear - a laboratory screening for cervical cancer. Sexually transmitted infection testing can also be done at this visit. If you have never had a pelvic exam, our pamphlet entitled "Your Pelvic Exam" will help you know what to expect. The handout  is available in the display racks on the third floor of the health center. Your provider can review the current guidelines regarding the frequency of this exam at your appointment. These exams are performed by female clinicians who are sensitive to nuances surrounding this important exam and can help you work through your feelings about it.

            About Birth Control and "Mis-Conception"

            Nationally, about 70 percent of college students report being sexually active. The majority of these students are in heterosexual relationships and therefore are capable of becoming pregnant, whether or not they desire it. For many college students, pregnancy creates a situation that requires difficult decision-making.

            Student Health Services provides comprehensive birth control services to registered students and we encourage students who are sexually active to consider their need for contraception in advance of sexual activity. Many OSU students can qualify for the Oregon Contraceptive Care (CCare) program, which provides free contraception and health exams. Contact the CCare office at SHS for more information.

            Whether you are seeking information about birth control or you need help selecting a method that is suitable to your health, lifestyle, and relationship, our clinicians can assist you. All methods of birth control are available at SHS. Emergency Contraception is also available. This is a medication that can be taken within five days after unprotected intercourse to lower pregnancy risk. It is more effective if taken as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse. A website that can be helpful for learning about different contraceptive options is

            Pregnancy Testing and Counseling

            Pregnancies do occur among OSU students - planned and desired ones as well as unplanned ones. Whether a student is afraid she is pregnant or hopes that she is, our clinicians can provide accurate diagnosis through a combination of examination and laboratory testing. When an unplanned pregnancy is confirmed, all options are made available to the student. No one will tell you what the best option is for you. You will be provided adequate information to carry out whichever decision is right for you and advised to make that decision on the basis of personal and family values and other relevant factors.

            SHS does not perform abortion or adoption services. Referrals for these resources are routinely made by the clinician who diagnoses a pregnancy.


            Pregnant students may continue to take advantage of all available healthcare services unrelated to the pregnancy, including nutrition counseling. However, since Student Health does not provide obstetrical care, students will be referred to local obstetricians or midwives for prenatal care.

            Oregon Contraceptive Care

            OSU is pleased to participate in Oregon Contraceptive Care (CCare). This federal program provides FREE contraceptive management services, birth control, and reproductive health care to men and women. If you qualify you will not be billed for contraceptive management services. Even students who have health insurance can enroll in CCare.

            Student Health Services is staffed by highly qualified health professionals who provide confidential services to guide you to the best birth control method for your lifestyle.

            Please feel free to contact the SHS CCare office at 541-737-9140 or stop by 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You don’t need an appointment to enroll in CCare. We are located in the Plageman Building, Room 117, across from the elevator. 

            What Is CCare?

            CCare is a program that is funded by the Centers for Medicaid Services and the Oregon State Department of Human Services through a grant. This allows OSU Student Health to provide reproductive health care and contraceptive services to women and men who meet certain income criteria.

            How Do I Know If I’m Eligible?

            In order to qualify for the program, you must be a U.S. citizen or have eligible immigration status (see CCare office staff). You cannot currently be enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan. Your monthly income cannot exceed $2,475 for one person and $3,338 for a couple. This is just your income (before taxes) and does not include your parents’ income, nor does it include any money that is obtained through financial aid. If you meet these requirements, we can enroll you immediately and help schedule an appointment for you to meet with a clinician.

            How Do I Enroll in CCare?

            CCare is a part of Student Health Services and is located in the Plageman Building, Room 117 (across from the elevator). Our office hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The enrollment process takes less than 10 minutes, during which time you fill out a form and schedule an appointment with a clinician.

            What Services Will CCare Provide?

            CCare will pay for contraceptive management office visits including birth control consultations, initiation and follow-up care, a yearly exam, and emergency contraception.

            What Birth Control Methods Are Available?

            Oral contraceptives, emergency contraceptive (Plan B), ring, patch, Depo Provera (hormonal injection), IUS (Mirena), IUD (ParaGard), hormonal implant (Implanon), male and female condoms, diaphragm, and spermicides are all methods available through CCare ["Cómo elegir un método anticonceptivo" (Spanish PDF)].

            What Services Are Not Covered by CCare?

            CCare does not provide treatment for bladder or urinary tract infections, prenatal care, pregnancy confirmation or STI testing and treatment.

            Where Can I Go for My Contraceptives If I Am Not Eligible for CCare?

            If you are not eligible for CCare, you can still access contraceptive services at Student Health Services. 

            What If I Have Insurance or Am On My Parents’ Plan?

            Students who have insurance that covers contraceptive management can still be eligible for the program if they meet the other criteria. We will bill your insurance provider and then CCare as a secondary. You will not be charged. However, if you are insured under your parents’ plan you may request special confidentiality. In this case no insurance billing will go out and CCare will cover all charges. Feel free to contact the CCare office for more information at 541-737-9140.

            I Am Not a Student at OSU. Can I Still Enroll?

            Only those who have paid fees for the current term are eligible for CCare at Student Health Services. However, you can still apply for CCare services through Benton County Health Department or a Health Department in the city or county where you live. To locate a clinic near you, visit

            Do I Have to Fill Out a New Enrollment Form If I Am Renewing CCare?

            Yes. Clients must complete a new enrollment form annually. This will enable us to determine if you are still eligible to receive CCare services.

            What Is the Duration of Eligibility for CCare?

            Eligibility, once determined, will remain effective for one year (12 months) from the date of initial determination. Eligibility determined at one site is accepted at all CCare and/or Planned Parenthood clinics in Oregon.

            Do I Have to See a Clinician Before I Can Get Contraceptives?

            If you are new to the CCare program at SHS, you will need to schedule an initial office visit for contraceptive counseling. This appointment takes approximately 40 minutes. During this appointment your clinician will discuss different contraceptive methods and will help you choose the best method for your lifestyle. A prescription will be sent to the pharmacy, where you can pick it up. If you need emergency contraception before your initial visit, you can see a nurse as soon as you have finished enrolling.

            Do I Have to Have an Annual Exam to Start Contraceptives?

            You do not need to schedule an annual exam to discuss contraception. After your initial office visit, your clinician can determine whether you should have an annual exam.


            The pharmacy, operated by the OSU College of Pharmacy, is located on the first floor of the Plageman Building (Student Health Services) in Room 109. It is staffed by registered pharmacists, who are available five days a week to fill prescriptions, provide drug information, and answer health-related questions. In addition, a variety of over-the-counter (OTC) items are available for purchase by students at competitive prices. Payment on any pharmacy purchases can be made by check, cash, or charged to student accounts.

            Hours and Phone

            See Operating Hours for pharmacy hours. The phone number is 541-737-3491.

            Eligibility for Care

            • Students: Prescription services are available.  We are able to bill pharmacy insurance for students. Please present your valid OSU identification card and any applicable pharmacy benefit insurance cards at each visit.
            • Faculty/Staff: Prescription services are available on a limited basis (ie. prescriptions for work related travel billed to an index).  We are unable to bill any pharmacy benefit insurance for faculty/staff.

            Pharmacy Services

            • Prescriptions: The Student Health Services Pharmacy carries a wide range of prescription and over-the-counter medications, often at costs lower than what you'll find in many drug stores. We can fill prescriptions from any practitioner, not just providers on campus, and we may be able to special-order items for you within one business day.
              • Prescriptions may be brought in at least 15 minutes prior to closing to be filled on the same day. See Operating Hours for pharmacy hours.
              • Prescription refills can be requested online, by phone, or in person.
                • Online: Click here for the Refill Request Form.
                • Telephone: The pharmacy has a voicemail system where you may call ahead and leave your name, ID number, and prescription number (if you have it). Call 541-737-3491.
                • In person: To refill your prescription in person, just stop by the pharmacy during our business hours.
            • Prescription transfers: Prescriptions may be transferred to us from outside pharmacies. To transfer a prescription to us, please click here for the Transfer Request Form
              • Prescriptions at the Student Health Services Pharmacy can be transferred to another pharmacy by providing the new pharmacy with Student Health Services’ pharmacy phone number: 541-737-3491.
            • Insurance: Most third party insurance plans are accepted. Click here for a current list of Accepted Pharmacy Insurance Plans. The first time a student purchases a prescription at the Pharmacy, he or she will need to present a pharmacy insurance card. For those students enrolled in the University student health insurance plan, 90% of prescription costs are covered. Student health insurance must be purchased each term in order for prescriptions to be covered.
            • Methods of payment: You may pay in full at the time of your visit by cash or check, or charges can be placed on your OSU Student Account. NOTE: Credit and debit cards are NOT accepted at this time.
            • Drug Formulary: The prescription drugs we carry are determined by medications routinely prescribed by the Student Health Services medical staff. If we do not have an item you want, talk to one of our pharmacists.
            • Over-the-Counter Medications: The Student Health Services Pharmacy carries many medications that do not require prescriptions. Prices are subject to change and do not include sales tax. Generics are stocked if available. Limited quantities on-hand. 

            Our Staff

            • Jennifer Davis, PharmD  (Director of Pharmacy)
            • Becky Russell, PharmD (Assistant Director of Pharmacy)
            • Christy Orwick, CPhT (Pharmacy Technician)


            We are a training site for pharmacy students from the OSU College of Pharmacy.

            Our Mission

            We are dedicated to providing quality assistance, recommendations, and counseling services on all health-related issues by direct interaction with our healthcare professionals.

            Pharmacy FAQ

            Does my prescription have to be from a provider at the Student Health Services?

            No. Our phrarmacy accepts prescriptions from both in-house and outside physicians.

            Do you automatically fill my prescription once my provider sends it to you?

            No. The pharmacy fills prescriptions only upon request of the student. If the prescription is not requested to be filled within 2 hours of receipt, the prescription will be placed on hold until it is requested to be filled.

            What information do you need to fill my prescription?

            Bring your OSU Student ID with you. Also bring your Prescription Insurance Card. A valid government-issued photo ID is required for all controlled-substance prescriptions, so please bring your ID with you.

            Can someone else (roommate, friend, family member, etc.) pick up my prescription(s) for me? 

            Yes, if someone is going to pick up your order for you, you must call the Pharmacy and tell us who that will be. They must present valid picture ID.

            How long does it take to fill a prescription?

            It takes about 15-20 minutes to fill a prescription. There are certain situations that will increase normal wait time. Some patients have multiple prescriptions, insurance problems, the pharmacist might need to consult with the physicaian about a potential problem with the prescription, or a patient may need additional counseling by the pharmacist. All of these things may make your wait longer. The pharmacy staff is working as quickly as possible to accurately fill your prescriptions, check for potential drug interactions and/or drug allergies, follow all laws and regulations, and make sure that you feel comfortable with the medication that you are given and have had all of your questions answered before you leave the facility.

            Does the pharmacy accept insurance?

            Most third party insurance plans are accepted. Contact your insurance provider or check with our pharmacist to determine if your plan is accepted. We file claims to most insurance plans for you. We will need a copy of your pharmacy insurance card. Once we have this information we will keep it on file for you. For those students enrolled in the University Student Health insurance plan, 90% of the cost of your prescription(s) are covered.

            What if I cannot find a copy of my pharmacy insurance card?

            Please call your insurance company or your home pharmacy and ask for the following information: BIN, PCN, Group and ID numbers.

            How do I refill a prescription at the Student Health Services pharmacy?

            • Online: Click here for the Refill Request Form
            • Telephone: The pharmacy has a voicemail system where you may call ahead and leave your name, ID number, and prescription number (if you have it). Call 541-737-3491.
            • In person: To refill your prescription in person, just stop by the Pharmacy during our business hours.

            Can I transfer my prescription from another pharmacy to the Student Health Services pharmacy?

            To transfer a prescription to us, please click here for the Transfer Request Form. Please allow one business day for us to complete the transfer and fill your medication.

            What if my prescriber is in another city or state and my prescription runs out?

            Your prescriber is welcome to send an electronic prescription, fax prescription, or phone in a prescription refill. Alternatively, you may make an appointment to see a provider at Student Health Services to discuss your continued care.

            What forms of payment are accepted?

            You may pay in full at the time of your visit by cash or check, or charges can be placed on your OSU student account. NOTE: credit and debit cards are NOT accepted at this time.

            I'm going away for the summer (holidays, semester, etc). How can I be sure to have enough medication?

            We will gladly work with your insurance company to see if they allow for a vacation supply. If there is no insurance involvement, you can get enough medication to last until you return. We can also transfer your prescription to your home town pharmacy for the break and transfer back any remaining refills when you return.

            Does the pharmacy sell over-the-counter products?

            Yes, the pharmacy has a variety of products available without a prescription. These products include medications for relief of pain, colds, coughs, allergies, nasal congestion, sore throat, diarrhea, acid reflux and other problems.

            Can I purchase Pseudoephedrine products at the pharmacy?

            No. Oregon law requires a prescription for products containing pseudoehedrine.

            How can I get emergency contraception?

            Plan B emergency contraceptive is available in our pharmacy and can be purchased without a prescription.

            Where can I park?

            The pharmacy offers free 30-minute parking spaces for pharmacy customers in the lot adjacent to the Plageman Building. Please park in a visitor spot and come into the pharmacy to ask for a temporary parking permit.

            Pharmacy Insurance Plans Accepted

            • Advance PCS

            • Aetna

            • Anthem

            • Argus

            • ASOSU

            • Blue Cross Blue Shield

            • CCARE - Family planning contraceptive support program.

            • CVS Caremark

            • Catalyst

            • Cigna

            • Express Scripts

            • HMO Oregon

            • MedImpact

            • Oregon Health Plan (and most CCO’s)

            • OSU Undergraduate Domestic Student Insurance (Aetna)

            • OSU Undergraduate International Student Insurance (Aetna)

            • OSU Graduate Student Insurance (PacificSource)

            • Providence

            • Restat

            • RxNet

            • RxOptions

            • RxPrime

            • Tricare

            *The above list is not all inclusive and is subject to change at anytime.

            NOTE: We are not currently contracted with OptumRX/United Health Care. 

            Prescription Refill Request

            The Student Health Services Pharmacy is pleased to accept your prescription refill requests over the Internet for prescriptions that are from the SHS Pharmacy using the form below.

            If you would like us to transfer a prescription from another pharmacy, please use this form to submit the request: Transfer Request Form.

            Please note the following:

            • If your prescription has authorized refills remaining, please allow 24 hours (1 business day) for processing of refill requests. If you need your prescription sooner, please call the pharmacy directly at 541-737-3491. 
            • If there are no remaining refills authorized, we must contact your clinician, which may delay processing of your request by 1-3 business days.
            • You MUST include your phone number and date of birth in the request form. Requests without phone numbers and date of birth will not be filled.

            Please be prepared to present your student ID when you pick up your prescription.

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            Prescription Transfer Request

            The Student Health Services Pharmacy is pleased to transfer your prescription refill requests over the Internet for prescriptions that are from the SHS Pharmacy using the form below.

            Please note the following:

            • It can take 1-3 business days to receive the prescription transfer from your home pharmacy.
            • If your prescription has authorized refills remaining at your home pharmacy, we can fill it immediately.
            • If there are no remaining refills authorized, we must contact your clinician, which will delay processing of your request (typically 1-3 business days).
              • Authorized and approved requests that are received before 1:00 p.m. will be filled the same business day.
              • Requests received later than 1:00 p.m. will be processed the next working day.
              • You MUST include your phone number and date of birth in the request form. Requests without phone numbers and date of birth will not be filled.

            Please be prepared to present your student ID when you pick up your prescription.


            Psychiatric Services

            Student Health Services has two full-time psychiatrists on staff. We offer psychiatric services, including evaluation and medication management, to all currently enrolled OSU students. Services are fully funded through the OSU Health Fee.

            Prescription medication costs are not covered by student fees. Please review your insurance coverage for applicable charges.

            To see one of the SHS psychiatrists, a referral is first required from a SHS clinician. For more information or to make an appointment, call 541-737-WELL (9355). 

            Other Campus Counseling Resources

            Comprehensive counseling services are available at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Fifth Floor Snell Hall. Phone: 541-737-2131.

            CAPS services are also covered by the OSU Health Fee, part of the tuition package. There may be separate fees charged for testing services that may be conducted in conjunction with counseling.

            Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

            Student Health Services is committed to taking an active stance in survivor-focused health care. SHS now offers a fully integrated Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program to support any student, regardless of gender identity, who is a survivor of sexual assault. By offering exams at the campus health center, sexual assault survivors can be in familiar surroundings with caring clinicians and do not have to be concerned about arranging transportation to the hospital. Survivors can continue seeing a Student Health clinician for any other health exams as well, which allows for a continuum of care for the survivor that includes sensitivity to their experience.

            Following are more facts about the SANE program at SHS:

            • The SANE program is available on campus year round during regular SHS hours.
            • You do not have to report the assault to have an examination.
            • Examinations are available for all students, regardless of gender identity.
            • Visits with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner are completely confidential.
            • Most services are free or include a minimal charge.
            • You will always be treated in a sensitive and caring manner. 

            Call the Student Health Advice Nurse at 541-737-2724 or come to Student Health Services in the Plageman Building.

            In addition, the Student Health Services provides sexual violence education and awareness information for the campus community. Staff can provide workshops or presentations on topics related to dating violence, rape and sexual assault.

            (For support in Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, and traditional Chinese, please contact the Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service.)

            Sexual Assault/Harassment Amnesty Clause

            The university WILL NOT pursue any conduct violation against a survivor for substance use, including alcohol, at the time of sexual assault/harassment if the sexual assault/harassment is reported to Student Conduct and Community Standards or the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

            SHS @ Dixon

            Take advantage of the expertise of Student Health Services clinicians and health educators at the convenient location of Dixon Recreation Center. The clinicians and educators at SHS @ Dixon support a holistic approach to health, giving consideration to the broad influences that contribute to life balance and wellness. Services available at Dixon include the following:

            To make an appointment, call SHS @ Dixon at 541-737-7556, or stop by the reception desk just inside the main west entrance to Dixon Recreation Center.

            Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy

            Sports Medicine

            Sports medicine provides services for students who sustain physical injury. Students who are interested in physical fitness, conditioning and rehabilitation will find this service tailored to their needs. Sports Medicine services are complemented by SHS Physical Therapy services.

            Physical Therapy

            We at Student Health Services (SHS) believe it's your good health that enables you to achieve your full potential. Fulfillment of your academic and personal goals all depends on optimum health.

            The Physical Therapy Department at SHS offers a broad range of services to facilitate recovery from and prevention of injuries or illnesses that affect the musculoskeletal system and sensorimotor functions. The department is staffed by physical therapists who provide evaluation and individualized treatment and education programs for each patient to return to function.

            Availability and Access

            Students are invited to bring their questions to the physical therapists at any time. Whether it's about tips to prevent recurrence of an old injury or self-management of an ongoing problem, the physical therapy department is here to help. A prescription for physical therapy services is not required, although some health insurance companies require a referral to physical therapy from a primary care provider prior to receiving services if insurance reimbursement is expected.

            Student Health Services accepts physical therapy orders from private clinicians. Therefore, it is unnecessary for students who are seeing physicians outside of SHS to leave campus or town to have their physical therapy treatments.

            The Physical Therapy Department is open Monday through Friday with more limited hours during the summer. The department is located at Dixon Recreation Center on the main level.


            If you have a prescription for physical therapy, you may call or drop by Dixon or SHS to schedule your appointment. Be sure to bring the clinician's written prescription with you. Call 541-737-7556 to schedule physical therapy appointments.

            Treatment Programs

            Physical therapy is a rehabilitative discipline of health care in which a physical therapist or a professional supervised by a physical therapist provides services to patients who have impairments, functional limitations, disabilities, or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes. The therapist will design, implement and modify therapeutic interventions to address each patient's impairments. The treatment plans may include but are not limited to balance, coordination and functional training, patient education, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy techniques, prescription and application of assistive, adaptive, orthotic, or prosthetic devices, wound management, and application of electrotherapeutic or mechanical modalities and other physical agents such as ice, heat or biofeedback techniques.

            Transgender Care

            According to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) updated in 2012, “transgender health care is an interdisciplinary field, and coordination of care and referral amongst a client’s overall care team is recommended” (Standards of Care, Version 7, page 26). At Oregon State University, clinicians from Student Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services work together to provide multi-disciplinary, student-centered care to our students.

            Student Health Services (SHS)

            • Primary care clinicians can provide hormonal therapy and referrals to specialists. Visits to SHS primary care clinicians are fully covered by the OSU Health Fee.
            • Clinicians also provide comprehensive preventative services for people of all genders (including PAP smears and age-appropriate prostate exams).
            • Consent forms for feminizing medications (PDF) and for testosterone therapy (PDF) are used and are available for review of possible side effects and hoped for benefits.
            • Nursing staff are able to administer hormonal injections, as well as all immunizations.*
            • Laboratory services obtain necessary lab tests to monitor hormonal therapy.*
            • Insurance office administers both the OSU Graduate PacificSource and Aetna Domestic and International platinum-rated health plans. Both OSU-sponsored plans (Aetna for domestic and international students and PacificSource for OSU-employed graduate students) have transgender care benefits. For more information, visit their websites:
            • OSU Pharmacy dispenses hormonal therapies in addition to a full array of medications. The pharmacy will also bill students’ insurance plans.

            Student Health Services has gender inclusive bathrooms. See the Campus Resources map, which includes all gender-inclusive restrooms on the OSU campus.

            *The OSU Health Fee does not cover lab, immunization nor injection fees. However, SHS can bill most insurance carriers for these services. Whether and what insurance companies will reimburse varies from plan to plan. Please visit the links to the OSU-sponsored plans above for more specific information about coverage by those plans.

            Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)  

            • Short-term therapy at CAPS is covered by the OSU Health Fee.
            • Counselors provide support and counseling for students who are questioning their gender identity, experiencing gender dysphoria, or transitioning. Their goal is to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are concerning you. SHS encourages students to work with a counselor if they are wishing to embark on transitioning.
            • CAPS has counselors who are qualified to provide any letters that may be recommended or required for treatment.
            • CAPS offers group counseling with different focuses. Among these is the TransForm Group. The purpose of this group is to assist in community formation and identity exploration for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.
            • Individual counseling is offered and aims to provide holistic care for each student.
            • Couples’ counseling is also available. Questioning one’s gender identity or deciding to make a transition can potentially have a profound effect on a person’s partner, as well.

            Related Information

            Transgender Resources on Pinterest: Resources for transgender individuals and for anyone who wants to know more about gender identity. Includes specific resources for OSU students and Oregonians.

            Transgender Medical Emergency Cards are available from SHS for printing and distribution. Follow the link provided to fill out an order form requesting the amount of cards you desire.

            Travel Clinic

            The SHS Travel Clinic serves students, faculty and staff who may be traveling abroad.

            Get information about your destination before you go: immunization requirements, disease prevention tips, handling of medications, dealing with emergencies and obtaining medical assistance abroad.

            We provide programs for both individuals and groups. As members of the International Society of Travel Medicine, we can provide International Certificates of Vaccination and other documentation required for your travel.


            Schedule an appointment with a travel nurse by calling 541-737-WELL (9355). Please schedule early! Our appointments fill quickly and some immunizations are given in a series that requires time.

            See Preparing for Your Appointment below. 

            • Students traveling to developing countries should schedule a 60-minute visit. For students traveling to Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, we have developed a pre-travel information document. A 40-minute appointment may be scheduled, if desired for further information.
            • OSU faculty and staff who have business or research travel to countries outside the U.S. should schedule pre-travel consultation services at the SHS Travel Clinic and register the trip at the Office of Risk Management.


            • Immunization and health care recommendations based on your itinerary and personal health history.
            • Information about prevention and treatment of common health problems in the area(s) of the world you plan to visit.
            • Advice on what to do in a medical emergency.
            • Suggestions and supplies for your personal travel medical kit.
            • Laboratory services for any required titers or blood tests.
            • Prescription medications for prevention or treatment of travel-related illnesses such as traveler's diarrhea, malaria, motion sickness and altitude illness.
            • OSU Employee Travel Planning.
            • Travel Checklist (PDF)


            Student appointments will be charged to their OSU account, or courtesy billed to their insurance. Failure to cancel an appointment will result in a charge for the scheduled service.

            Faculty and staff fees are covered under the Occupational Medicine program at OSU for work-related travel. If necessary, a consultation with the Occupational Medicine physician is provided at no cost. Services not required or recommended may be billed to a department index number. Travel appointments unrelated to work are to be paid on the date of service. For more information, visit Occupational Health Services.

            Travel consult prices and length of appointment:

            • Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand: $12 for 40 minutes
            • All other countries: $18 for 60 minutes

            Refer to "Services" and "Preparing for Appointments" on the website for a description of the Travel Consult appointment. It is highly encouraged to schedule appointments well ahead of travel as appointment availability becomes limited toward the end of a term and some vaccines may require a series of injections.

            Travel immunizations:

            Vaccine Cost per dose # of doses
            Td/Tdap $39/$35 1
            Hepatitis A $64 (younger than 19 years old is $21 per dose) 2
            Hepatitis B $39 (younger than 20 years old is $16 per dose) 3
            Hepatitis A/B $99 3
            Polio $29 1
            Meningococcal-4 $120 1
            Oral Typhoid $65.30 1
            Injectable Typhoid $93 1
            Yellow Fever $130 1
            Rabies $239 3
            Japanese Encephalitis $315 2
            Influenza $30 (includes injection fee) 1
            Varicella (Chickenpox) $137 2

            Travel prescription prices:

            Prescription Cost
            Travel diarrhea treatment antibiotic $16
            Altitude illness prevention (Diamox) $30 for 6 tablets

            Follow-Up Care

            In the event you do become ill while traveling, or in the year after your trip, see a clinician and inform him/her of your history. You may be seen at the SHS if you are still a student.

            Preparing for Your Appointment

            • Schedule your appointments well in advance of anticipated travel.
            • Bring immunization records.
            • Bring detailed travel itinerary in the order of destinations, dates and length of stay in each location.
            • Be prepared to discuss any illnesses you have and current medications.
            • Prior to your Travel Consult appointment, please print a hardcopy of the International Medical Questionnaire (PDF), fill it out, and bring it with you.
            • Read Travel Health Online from the travel information publisher used by SHS. Review individual country profiles, read information on travel vaccines and malaria prevention, acquire summaries of travel-related illnesses, and gain an overall understanding of matters related to travel health. Advance preparation will save you valuable time at your clinic appointment.

            Occupational Travel Resources

            The US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers international travel guidance and suggests that international business travelers follow recommendations published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention available at:


            Non-employees and children should schedule appointments with a private provider/physician. For more information, visit the following web sites at:


            You may also consult the U.S. Foreign Travel Advisory and Warnings to review public announcements and country sanctions.

            No immunizations are required for direct travel from the US to countries in Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, it is recommended that you be current with Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, and Measles/Mumps/Rubella immunizations. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis A are also highly recommended. Other resources to ensure safe travel include: