Incoming and New Students

Incoming and New Students

Welcome to Bard! We wish you good health in the years to come

For many incoming students, this is the first time you will have to be dealing with health issues on your own. We at Health Services can help you by providing you with tools so you are better able to make smart, mature choices, and live a balanced life. Taking responsibility for your self  sometimes means asking for help.  We are available if you have an illness or injury, or if you simply have questions about your health, sexuality or life.  Counseling Services offer short-term consultations and psychotherapy, workshops, and access to a consulting psychiatrist, as well as referrals to off campus providers. Most services offered at Health and Counseling Services are covered by the Student Health fee, and you can be seen by our providers, regardless of your insurance coverage.


There are many resources available to assist with your decision to stop smoking. We offer nicotine replacement products and counseling at Health Service. Or you can get advice and free nicotine replacement products from New York State here.
Also check out the Quit Smoking Community or join their Facebook group for online support.


Health Service is here to support your health and wellbeing during your tenure at Bard. We can help with most routine health issues. If you are unwell or have health concerns please call to schedule an appointment with one of our Nurse Practitioners.

Please be aware that there have been confirmed cases of Pertussis on campus and in the surrounding communities. Please read this information from the Department of Health. A community letter with more detailed information was also sent to your student Bard email. A copy of this letter is attached below. 
Remember that exposure does not mean automatic infection. You would need to have been in close contact with a sick person for an extended period and be exposed to the sick person's saliva to become infected.
IF you have a hacking cough that makes you very short of breath or that has lasted more than a week, students should call HS and make an appointment to be seen. You can also go to CareMount WalkIn Clinic in Rhinebeck and tell them you may have been exposed to Pertussis. Close contacts may be treated with prophylactic antibiotics to reduce infection.
All adults 19 years old and older who have not received a TDaP vaccine should receive a booster. This vaccine is typically given between the ages of 12 and 18 years old. This booster is currently available at CVS and Hannaford Pharmacies in limited supply (please call before going to confirm). 
The best treatment is prevention. Good hygiene, i.e., proper hand washing, keeping your hands off your face, and limiting your exposure to other people's saliva, goes a long way. If you are sick, please remember to cover your sneezes and coughs, or cough into your elbow, use disposable tissues, wash your hands frequently, and stay away from large groups of people (especially the very young and very old). 


We are open Monday through Thursday from 9AM- 7PM
Friday 9AM-- 5PM
Please call for an appointment 845-758-7433.

Please note: You do NOT have to have the Bard insurance to be seen here.

We have a new Electronic Medical Record that does not work if we do not have your complete insurance information.
Please bring your most current insurance card with you to each visit.
If you only have a scanned copy of the card, you must either print it out (front and back)
or email it to healthservice@bard.edu prior to your visit.

Need to get to an appointment off campus? UBER and LYFT are now both available in the area, if you choose not to use a Zip car. As there is a limited amount of drivers available (the services just started in September), you should plan extra time for travel (it can take 30 mins for a driver to arrive). The CATS program is still available for mental health appointments.

Here are some things we think you should know.

If you have private (non Bard) health insurance through your family, please make sure that you have an insurance card or a LEGIBLE paper copy of front AND back, and that you know how to use it. If you have purchased the Bard insurance, the card will be sent to you at school.

We do recommend that you come to college with a basic "medicine cabinet" which includes:
  • any prescription medications you take in their original bottles
  • a thermometer that you know how to use (a true fever starts at 100.5'F/ 38'C)
  • pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • bandaids, and a topical antibiotic ointment such as Bacitracin
  • cold medicines, such as decongestants, cough syrup, cough drops
  • oral allergy medications such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or cetirizine (Zyrtec)
  • hydrocortisone cream or diphenhydramine cream for itchy bug bites or rashes
  • sunscreen
  • bug spray
  • tweezers or special tick remover for when you forget to use your bug spray