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The Student Health Center at Western Washington University is a primary care medical clinic specializing in college health. The Student Health Center is staffed by a team of board certified family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and support staff. We provide an extensive array of services including preventive health care and management of health concerns, illnesses and injuries. We strive to support student success academically, physically and emotionally.
The Western Washington University Student Health Center exists to assist our students to stay well during their college years, get well if they become ill so as to minimize time away from their studies, and to be well lifelong.
Who Can Use Our Services?
The WWU Student Health Center is available to all students enrolled in six or more credits on Western's campus. A student who is registered for 3-5 credits has the option to pay the Counseling, Health and Wellness fee for access to medical and mental health services during that quarter.
We are unable to see former students, students on leave, dependents of students, WWU faculty, WWU staff, or Whatcom Community College students living on Western’s campus.
Same Day or Urgent Appointments Available
We offer same day appointments every clinic day. Walk-in appointments are also available but the wait without an appointment can be significant. We advise calling as early in the day as possible.
If possible, students with an acute illness or injury should call the Student Health Center for an urgent appointment. Urgent walk-in patients will be evaluated by a nurse who will triage them to the appropriate provider.
The Student Health Center's busiest hours during the academic year are between 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM. Wait times during this period can be as long as 1-1/2 hours for walk-in patients. The shortest wait times tend to be in the mornings before 10:00 AM.
When the Student Health Center is closed, students are advised to seek services from other after-hour medical facilities in the Bellingham area.
Note: The University assumes no financial responsibility for care dispensed at other health care facilities. Students who are seen at other health facilities must use their own health insurance or use private funds to cover resulting charges. It is strongly recommended that all students have some form of health insurance to defray the substantial costs associated with these visits outside the Student Health Center.
Diversity & Inclusion at WWU Student Health Center
Western Washington University Student Health Center values diversity and welcomes students and patients from diverse backgrounds. SHC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in its services or in its employment practices.
Although the full legal name will be required for check-in, patients also have the option to include their preferred name in their medical record. Patients also have the option to designate their gender preference and share their desired personal pronouns with our health care staff during their visit.