Our Services

Our Services
Care at the Bard College Student Health Service is based on a holistic approach to treating students. Our goal is to promote optimum physical, emotional, intellectual, and social well being through education, preventative and primary care.

We believe that health care is a partnership between
the student and the health care provider.
All students are eligible to be seen at Health Service, regardless of their insurance coverage.
LGBTQK friendly.


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.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide the highest quality health care possible with dignity and compassion.

About Us

The Student Health Service is staffed by four nurse practitioners, a registered nurse, and a part-time physician. Nurse practitioners specialize in primary health care services and have, through a master’s degree program and national accreditation, the knowledge base and clinical skills to provide a wide range of health care services. The Bard College medical staff understands and treats problems that relate to college-age students and their lifestyles.

Bard College medical staff can:

  • Provide primary health care during the academic year for routine concerns
  • Diagnose and treat short-term physical illness and minor injuries
  • Prescribe medications and perform routine lab work
  • Give vaccinations or regular allergy injections
  • Perform annual gynecological exams and PAP tests and address routine gynecological problems and concerns
  • Provide birth control, emergency contraception and sexual protection to both male and female students
  • Test for and treat sexually transmitted infections
  • Refer for long-term or complex medical treatment with off-campus specialists, as warranted
  • Provide educational programs a on a variety of health issues relevant to college students.

We strongly encourage students with chronic and/or complicated medical issues to be established with local specialists for ongoing care. Ideally, this relationship should be established BEFORE you start here at Bard and we can provide you with a list of local providers. However, keep in mind that your primary insurance will determine which providers are covered. Also, please remember that Bard College is located in a rural area and you may need to travel over an hour to see specialists.

Bard College Student Health Service adheres to the guidelines recommended by the American College Health Association and does not prescribe Schedule II- IV medications which includes opiates (eg.; Percocet), benzodiazepines (eg.; Klonopin), sedatives (including Ambien), stimulants (eg.; Adderall), and barbituates (eg.; phenobarbital). The potential for abuse and drug interactions are very high on a college campus, and the Health Service recognises that prescription drug overdoses are the leading cause of death from drug misuse NOT use of street drugs. Students who have legitimate reasons for taking any of these medications will be referred to providers off campus.


  • To promote the idea that health care is a partnership between the student and the health care provider.
  • To promote optimal physical, emotional, intellectual, and social well being through preventive and primary care.
  • To promote a holistic and integrative approach to student health care.
  • To provide health education to the student and the Bard community. To advocate for students with regard to health care issues.