Bard Student Health Services
At Bard Student Health, we see students for:
- Diagnosis and treatment of:
- Respiratory illnesses
- Insect bites
- Stomach/GI concerns
- Skin issues
- Neurological conditions
- Musculoskeletal & sports injuries
- STI testing & treatment
- HIV testing & PrEP
- Contraception/birth control
- Pregnancy testing, counseling & referrals
- Gender-affirming care
- Safer sex supplies
- Harm reduction supplies
- Referrals to:
- Primary care
- Specialty care
Call us at (845) 758-7433 or visit the Student Portal to schedule an appointment now!
· Provide episodic care during the academic year for most routine concerns.
· Diagnose and treat short-term physical illnesses and minor injuries.
· Prescribe medications used to treat common illnesses and injuries.
· Prescribe contraception and sexual counseling.
· Assist with transitioning continuing care and TG-friendly referrals.
· Refer students for long-term care or complex medical treatment with off-campus specialists as needed.
· Provide gynecological routine or episodic care.
- MMR Vaccines (Measles,Mumps and Rubella)
- Tdap Vaccine
(Birth Control)You can make an appointment with a nurse practitioner to discuss contraceptive choices. We offer a generic combination oral contraceptive; however, we can write prescriptions for other brands of OCPʼs as well as for the NuvaRing, progestin only pill and Depo-Provera.
We can refer you to local providers if you are interested in other options such as an IUD or implant.
Any student who is currently getting oral contraceptives from Health Services can request refills via email to [email protected] 48 hours before you want to pick them up. Please give your full name and date of birth, name of the pill, how many packs you wish to get, and how you want to pay (Student Account or cash). You may also call in your request at 845-758-7433.
Emergency Contraception:PLAN B
The Morning-After Pill
Is available to individuals who were assigned female at birth and their partners. Please call us x7433 if your birth control fails for a same-day appointment.
Plan B One-Step™ is safe, effective, and FDA-approved. It contains levonorgestrel, the same ingredient found in many birth control pills. The difference is that Plan B One-Step™ requires just one pill, which uses a larger dose of levonorgestrel than a single birth control pill. And, unlike many birth control pills, Plan B One-Step™ doesn’t contain any estrogen, only progestin.
Plan B One-Step™ is not RU-486 (the abortion pill)—it won’t work if you’re already pregnant, and it won’t affect an existing pregnancy.
Plan B One-Step™ is an effective backup plan, but it isn’t regular birth control and should not be used that way. It’s not as effective as other methods of birth control used consistently and correctly, so it’s important to have another reliable source of birth control that’s right for you. It won’t protect you from HIV infection (the virus that causes AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Is an emergency contractive pill that must be prescribed to the individual who plans to use it. Please call our office for more information and/or an appointment to request this treatment.
GYN and Pap Tests
- Perform routine gynecological exams including PAP Tests.
- Perform episodic gynecological exams when experiencing symptoms
- Test for and treat: Vaginal yeast infections, Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) and Sexually transmitted infections (STI's)
Student Health Service maintains a dispensary stocked with common over the counter medications and a limited selection of prescription medications, such as generic oral contraceptives and common antibiotics. The cost of any medications dispensed by the attending clinician will be billed to the student’s college account or can be paid in cash during the visit . Students may also opt to obtain any of these medications at a local pharmacy where they can use their insurance benefits by asking the attending clinician to send a prescription electronically to the pharmacy of their choice.
Students who wish to apply for reimbursement from their insurance provider can obtain an invoice for any dispensed medications by visiting the Health Service Portal, or by emailing [email protected].
A list of local pharmacies can be found on the find a provider link.
Please note: The providers at Health Services do NOT write prescriptions for any psychiatric medication. Please visit the Bard Counseling Service Website for information regarding on campus psychiatric services.
- Test and treat: Syphilis, Chlamyida, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis, Herpes, Cervical cancer (will be referred to a specialist for treatment), HIV (will be referred to a specialist for treatment), Hep C (will be referred to a specialist for treatment)
- Offer PeP and PrEP for high risk individuals.
If a student prefers not to use a parent / guardian's insurance due to privacy concern, the Bard Wellness Center on campus offers periodic free STI clinics.
Bard Health Service offers allergy injections for all students currently receiving treatment from their personal allergist. We require your current/updated physician’s orders as well as the serum from your attending allergist. These can be brought to Health Service upon arrival to campus or shipped directly from the allergist’s office. Please ask them to call our clinic to notify us that they have been sent. Students are responsible for pre-medicating with antihistamines if so instructed by their allergist. After their appointment, students are required to remain at the health services for 30 minutes for observation. Every effort will be made to accommodate your scheduling needs. Please remember to collect your doctor’s orders and schedules as well as your allergy serum prior to leaving campus for holidays and breaks.
Referrals to Specialists
- Our clinicians will refer students to off campus provider for long-term or complex medical conditions
- If you are under the care of a specialist for a long-term health issue or emergent condition, please provide Bard Health Service with a case summary and specialist contact information.
- It is recommended that if you currently see a specialist, you should plan a continued contact with that provider while at Bard. If that is not possible, we encourage you to stablish with a local specialist. Students who are over 3 hours from home with emergent health issues or who need frequent specialist visits should establish concurrent care with a local specialist. Find a list of local providers using our link : https://hcw.bard.edu/providers/
- The following tests can be performed in our office at no extra cost as it is included in the annual student Health Service fee: Rapid Strep A, Rapid Monospot, urine dip, pregnancy, Rapid COVID Ag, Flu.
- The following tests will be sent to LabCorp for analysis: Blood samples, PAP specimens, urine analysis/cultures, throat cultures, wound cultures and sexually transmitted infection screening specimens. The Student must provide current insurance information at the time of the visit in order for the specimens to be transported to the lab for processing.
- A student may be sent to Northern Dutchess Hospital (Rhinebeck NY) if a specialized test is needed and cannot be processed through our office due to storage requirements. A student may also be referred to the hospital lab if our clinicians are unable to obtain a blood sample due to unforeseen circumstances.
- LabCorp services obtained through this office are suspended two weeks prior to the end of each semester. This is done to ensure that lab results are available and students are made aware of these results prior to leaving campus during breaks.
- Our office will only draw blood specimens for tests ordered by our clinicians. Our office does not draw blood for other medical providers. Students can obtain this service from local laboratories/ blood draw stations such as at Northern Dutchess Hospital or LabCorp in Rhinebeck NY.
Health Education: well -informed students can make educated and responsible choices for healthy living. In conjunction with the Director of Health and Wellness Education, we offer programs and workshops designed to educate students to promote a healthy college experience.
- A registered dietitian, lyse Simon, RD is available by appointment at Health Services on Fridays from 9am until 12pm. Ilyse specializes in eating disorders, insulin resistance, and whole foods nutrition. All appointments are confidential. Please call 845-758-7433 to arrange for an appointment.
- Students who are recovering from an eating disorder or who have concerns about nutrition/disordered eating are encouraged to contact the Health and Counseling office for assistance. We can provide on-campus support and coordinate with the student's primary psychiatric and nutritional team,(or refer to local therapists). We can also provide medical care such as weigh in's and routine exams.
Eating on Campus resource:
Please click on the following links for more information about eating on campus.
Medical Transportation Resources
Please remember that Bard is located in a rural setting. The shuttle goes into Red Hook and Tivoli daily. However, most medical providers, especially specialists, are located in Rhinebeck (10-25 mins away), Kingston (20-40 mins), Poughkeepsie (45-60 mins) and Albany (90+mins). Bard College does not routinely provide transportation to scheduled off-campus medical or psychiatric appointments and students will need to make their own transportation arrangements.
- Private car or friend with car
- The shuttle and local bus schedules can be found on the Bard Transportation Blog.
- UBER/ LYFT TO MAJOR MEDICAL PROVIDERS: (estimated ONE WAY costs 2019)
The following are estimated ONE WAY costs to locations where most specialists are located:
Red Hook (including Dr Blisko at Glen Pond Drive, Dr. Kortbus ENT): $10-12
(Shuttle with some walking also available)
Rhinebeck (including Northern Dutchess Hospital, CareMount, Spring Brook Ave): $15-18 (the LOOP bus also goes along this route)
Kingston (including Ortho Express, the Dentist’s Office, River Radiology): $18-25
Hudson (Columbia Greene Hospital, Fish and Game Road): $30- 42
Poughkeepsie (including Vassar Medical Center, eRiver Neurology): $35-50
Albany (including Albany Med): $75-85
- SRG/CATS program (when available) is a volunteer student driven ride transportation service Bard Community Appointment Transportation Service
- Taxi: check prices as Uber/Lyft may be less
- Horseless Carriage: 800-836-5466 (takes credit cards)
- Red Hook Taxi Service: 845-758-1478 (takes credit cards)
- Rhinebeck Taxi: 845-876-TAXI (cash only)
GET IN TOUCH
Contact UsFOR INQUIRIES AND APPOINTMENTS
Please call : 845-758-7433 ; Students are seen by appointment only!
You must know what your current health insurance coverage is and email our office a picture of the back and front of the insurance card prior to each appointment.
Location and HoursWe are located in Robbins House Annex on North Campus with Counseling Services.
We are in the first white building on the left as you head down Robbins Road towards Manor and the Fisher Center.
Find us on the campus mapPhone: 845-758-7433Fax: 845-758-7437
E-mail: [email protected]
Hours: Monday – Friday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
On campus call ext. 7777, off campus dial 911, or go to Northern Dutchess Hospital(Nuvance Health) Emergency Room.
Emergency Room at Northern Dutchess Hospital
6511 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Urgent Care Services
CareMount Medical Urgent Care Clinic
6734 U.S. 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572