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.

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.

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.