Santa Clara University



Your first appointment at SHS


Intake Process

Students may schedule a counseling appointment in two ways:

Preparing for Your Intake Appointment

Please arrive 20 minutes early to your initial appointment to complete some paperwork.

Important Documents

Nurse Advice Line

Contact Information

Your call will be answered by a registered nurse (R.N.) with specialized training in nursing/medical telephone advice. The R.N. follows a standardized procedure based on the nature of your illness.


Important Note

The Student Health Center works with a health management company named Sirona Health to provide after-hours clinical nurse triage telephone service through the company's Health Call Center. This service is open to registered students only.

Health Insurance


The student health insurance plan offered by Santa Clara University is Aetna. Under the Affordable Care Act, individuals must now carry health insurance meeting the minimum essential coverage requirements as defined by the federal government. To ensure that students meet the individual mandate, beginning Fall 2014, all new and continuing students (undergraduate, graduate and law) taking two or more classes are required to provide proof of medical health insurance through a mandatory annual on-line process termed “Hard-Waiver Mandatory”.




Your undergraduate or law school tuition entitles you to see the Student Health Center clinical staff at no charge, regardless of what health insurance you carry. However, charges are associated with lab work, medications, and medical supplies ordered for you. These charges may be either paid at the time of visit or posted to your student account. A receipt can be provided for possible insurance reimbursement. Graduate and part-time students may utilize the services by paying a fee of $90 per quarter for the same services.

The Student Health Center provides initial and follow-up care for students with acute illness such as strep throat, flu, mononucleosis, allergic reactions, urinary tract infections, minor injuries, and more.

Other commonly requested services include:

TB Testing

Tuberculosis (TB) testing is free to all students, faculty, and staff on a walk-in basis (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:00pm). No appointment necessary. Since the test results must be read 48 hours after the injection, we do not give the test on Thursdays because we are closed on the weekends.

Fee Chart

(fees are subject to change)

Service Fee
Blood pressure check
No fee
Flu shots (mid-October to mid-November)
Health counseling (diet, exercise, etc.)
No fee
Health risk appraisal
No fee
Immunizations (HPV, Hepatitis A & B, Meningococcal, Tetanus, Typhoid)
Ranges from $25 to $130
TB test
No fee
Physical care (well and ill)
No fee
Pap Smear $25
STD Testing Ranges from $8 to $35
General Lab Testing Ranges from $3 to $8
Medical Records


Medical records are confidential by law and are not released to anyone -- including parents, spouse, friends, and/or University personnel -- without the written consent of the patient.

Medical Release Form

A medical release form is required before any medical records can be sent or received. Select the appropriate form:


Follow these steps to complete the above forms:

  1. Complete the medical release form.
  2. Include contact phone number in case there are any questions.
  3. Sign the form.
  4. Fax form to 408-554-2376.

Note: We will be unable to process your request without a signature.

Health Screenings

Health Screening

The Student Health Center and the Wellness Center are pleased to offer all students the opportunity to take a brief, free, and anonymous online screening to assess various aspects of your physical and mental health. Please click on the area listed below that you are interested in assessing.

Important Note

These online assessments are for educational purposes only. They are not meant to diagnose or substitute for a complete medical or psychiatric evaluation or examination by a physician or other trained professional.

Nutrition, Health & Fitness


Mental Health



The Cowell Center has a limited in-house pharmacy. Most of the medications dispensed at Cowell are inexpensive because of the center’s nonprofit status. Charges for medications are generally billed to the student’s account, but cash and student flex are also accepted. Students may request a receipt from Cowell for insurance purposes.

Some of the Cowell Center medications include:

The Safeway grocery store next to SCU does not have a Pharmacy, but it does carry over the counter medication. Leiter’s is a local pharmacy which offers free delivery to the Cowell Center. Students must call Leiter’s and set up an account to use their pharmacy. Leiter’s pharmacy information is below along with other nearby pharmacies.

  • Leiter’s Pharmacy
    1700 Park Ave. #30
    San Jose, CA 95126
  • Walgreen’s Pharmacy (2 miles)
    2012 El Camino Real
    Santa Clara, CA
  • CVS Pharmacy (downtown San Jose, 2.8 miles)
    821 The Alameda
    San Jose, CA
  • CVS Pharmacy (3.2 miles)
    2700 Homestead Rd.
    Santa Clara, CA
  • Costco Pharmacy (1.3 miles, not really walkable due to route)
    1601 Coleman Ave
    Santa Clara, CA
  • Target Pharmacy (2.5 miles, not really walkable due to route)
    533 Coleman Ave
    San Jose, CA