Student Health Services


The Student Health Center provides students with high-quality medical care and health education. We offer a variety of services including a self-care room, lab services, physicals and immunizations.

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The mission of Student Health Services is to provide the highest-quality episodic patient care, to support and enhance education, increase retention by modifying or removing health-related barriers to learning, and by promoting optimal wellness. Health is viewed as more than the absence of illness; it is a positive state of full functioning in relation to one's capacities. The SHS subscribes to the University's mission to focus on individual attention for student success, commitment to diversity and responsiveness to the evolving needs of the broader community.

Student Health Services provides care that is similar to a family practice setting, giving special attention to the needs of college students. Services include, but are not limited to, the following. (Additional details are included below under Services.)


Summer Hours

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Regular Hours (beginning Aug. 23, 2021)

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Making an Appointment

The Student Health Services staff believe the foundation of good medical care is the relationship between the medical provider and the patient. To provide the time and attention that each student deserves, it is recommended that you make an appointment. Appointments are made by calling 814-732-2743 during office hours.

A $15 no-show fee will be charged to your account if you do not cancel or reschedule prior to your appointment time.


Confidentiality of all services provided at Student Health Services is strictly maintained. Therefore, the Health Center cannot release any information to anyone without the expressed written consent of the person to whom the information belongs. This regulation includes the distribution of information to parents, guardians, siblings, spouses, friends, etc.

All Health Center personnel, including student secretaries, complete confidentiality training. This policy ensures the protection of all confidential information.

Please complete, sign and have witnessed the authorization for release of protected health information to acquire a copy of medical record information.

In Case of Emergency

If Student Health Services is closed and you need immediate assistance, contact the Campus Police at 814-732-2911 or call 911 for emergency services.

For immediate medical attention you may visit one of the following walk-in medical provider locations:

Millcreek Community Hospital
5515 Peach St.
Erie, PA 16509
Phone: 814-864-4031

Saint Vincent Hospital
232 W. 25th St.
Erie, PA 16544
Phone: 814-452-5000

UPMC Hamot
201 State St.
Erie, PA 16550
Phone: 814-877-6000

Meadville Medical Center
751 Liberty St.
Meadville, PA 16335
Phone: 814-333-5000

Allergy Injections

In the event that an outside physician orders allergy injections, the injection will be administered by a registered nurse.

In order to proceed, the following steps must be met:

  1. Obtain a copy of the allergy packet from the Health Center.
  2. Read the documents: You must sign and return the compliance agreement, fill out and give the allergist the letter addressing the Student Health Services guideline for administering allergy injections, and have your physician sign the permissions to administer the allergy injection by the RN at Student Health Services. Return it to us by fax at 814-732-2666, in person or by mail.
  3. Make an appointment: You can make an appointment by calling 814-732-2743.

Following the appointment, you must plan to stay at the Health Center for an additional 20-30 minutes. The injection site must be checked by a nurse before your departure.

You must bring the current dated antigen, which has been prescribed by your allergist, to Student Health Services where it will be stored under appropriate conditions.

In addition, you must provide the written instructions from your allergist that include the dosage and time intervals of injections, as well as instructions for late or delayed injections. The Health Center will not administer first-time injections.

Concerning Behavior Referral Form

If there is an immediate concern or threat to self or others, call University Police at 814-732-2911

Educational Information

To access a variety of online health-related pamphlets prepared for PennWest Edinboro students, click here.

HIV Testing

The HIV testing indicates if you are infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which causes AIDS. Tests look for "antibodies" to HIV. One test used at the Health Center is the Orasure test.

How does Orasure work?

The special pad is placed between the lower gum and inner cheek of your mouth and left there for two minutes. The Orasure system draws HIV antibodies out of the tissues of the cheek and gum. The virus itself is rarely found in oral fluid.

How long does it take to get the HIV test results?

It takes two to three weeks to receive your test results. A follow-up appointment is scheduled for the registered nurse to review your results.

HIV testing is confidential and free.

Immunizations at Cost


Tetanus and Diphtheria

Laboratory Services

The services above are performed at the Health Center.

Laboratory Specimens

The specimens are collected at the Health Center and sent out to the appropriate laboratory.

Medical Excuses

The Health Center will provide verification of your appointment date and time upon request. Class excuses are given only in situations where the provider finds it necessary, such as hospitalization or in serious medical situations.


If you need a physical, please bring your physical form to your scheduled appointment. The fee for a physical is $25-$50 and will be charged to your account at the Bursar's Office.

Physicals are available for:

A $15 no-show fee will be charged to your account if you do not cancel or reschedule prior to your appointment time or if you do not arrive by your "arrive at" time. You will NOT be seen if you are late.

Self-Care Room

Students will receive three tokens per day to use in the self-care room at no cost. Items available are:


If you wish to quit smoking, you can call to schedule an appointment for help. The Health Center will provide you with the necessary tools to assist you in quitting. You'll learn about prescription medication, counseling services and free smoking cessation classes to help you reach your goal.

Tuberculosis Testing

Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection caused by a germ called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs but can also damage other parts of the body. TB spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes or talks. TB is usually curable by taking several medications for an extended period.


TB tests cost $15.

Contact Us

Ghering Health and Wellness Center
McNerney Hall, 1st Floor
300 Scotland Road
Edinboro, PA 16444

Student Health Services
Phone: 814-732-2743
Fax: 814-732-2666