Health and Wellness at Penn State Wilkes-Barre is comprised of Health Services, a collaborative nurse and physician practice, as well as free and confidential Counseling Services. The Health Office offers primary care (sick visits) to students as well as specialized services such as athletic physical exams, specialty referrals, tobacco and alcohol intervention programs, and some on-site laboratory testing. We are pleased to offer students health and wellness programs through a variety of workshops, programs and educational materials. Our goal is to help you learn how to care for your physical and mental health both during your college years and after you graduate from Penn State.
Important! Immunizations offer safe and effective protection from vaccine-preventable diseases. The United States is experiencing re-emergence of these diseases, in part due to factors such as non-immunized and under-immunized persons as well as global travel. University Health Services of the Pennsylvania State University strongly supports the use of vaccines to protect the health of our individual students and our campus community.
Please click on the links below for additional immunization information and submission requirements:
Penn State Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)
Adequate health insurance provides students with security and an enhanced sense of well-being during their time at Penn State. Students who do not currently have adequate coverage on or near the campus they attend are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Penn State Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). SHIP, designed specifically for students, offers comprehensive health insurance at a competitive price with a wide network of providers across the United States. For more information contact the Student Health Insurance Center at 814-865-7467.
Students’ health records are kept strictly confidential and access is limited to authorized health service personnel (i.e., physicians, nurses, and medical records personnel). Professors, university administrators, staff, and parents do not have access to student medical records. Medical information is released only with the student’s written consent or by a court-ordered subpoena.
In the event that a student misses a class due to illness, it is his/her responsibility to contact his/her professor and advise them of the situation. Health Services does not provide verification of illness for minor or routine illnesses or injuries. If a faculty member has a question concerning a student, they may call health services to confirm that the student visited the health office, but due to patient confidentiality, no information about condition or treatment will be given.