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.

We are open during Citizen Science for modified services. We will resume routine lab testing (STI, etc.) February 5th, 2018. Please see your provider at home or utilize clinics such as Planned Parenthood should you wish to have routine tests done sooner. 

INFLUENZA 2017-2018
According to the CDC, we are having an early flu season with widespread cases in New York, including Dutchess County

The best treatment is prevention. It is NOT too late to get a flu shot, which is still available at HS as well as at most pharmacies. 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.

The flu is not just a bad cold. Symptoms of the flu are sudden onset of fever and chills, body aches, cough, headache and fatigue. You may also have vomiting and diarrhea. Some folks do not have a stuffy or runny nose. You can easily be sick for over a week with the flu.

*Stay home in bed but make sure someone knows you are there. Going to class spreads the virus and may hinder your recovery but completely isolating yourself is also not great.
*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). 
*Take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) for fever and body aches, and make sure you are drinking enough non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic fluids.
*If you are having trouble breathing, have a chronic illness such as asthma, if your symptoms are severe or not improving, please make an appointment at HS or call BEMS if after hours.


Starting January 29, 2018

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