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The Valparaiso University Health Center provides professional health care for qualifying students and wellness programs for all students. The VU Health Center provides treatment and preventive care for a variety of student needs. We are a primary care clinic which treats the majority of injuries and illnesses. We also specialize in areas that are in high demand for our students. Our staff includes a medical doctor, nurse practitioners and a registered nurse. Visits to the Health Center are strictly confidential. Except in rare instances, as specified by law, no medical information will be released  without written authorization from the patient.

Services performed at no cost include comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care. Some services such as immunizations, allergy injections, and minor procedures are available for a nominal fee.  The Health Center provides lab services at a reduced rate. Also, some prescriptions are available on site.  Illnesses or accidents that require more extensive treatment or services are referred to specialty care in the community.  Students or their parents are expected to pay for the costs of treatment not covered by the Student Medical Plan.

There are only a limited number of services that have a fee.  The following are examples of services that would incur a fee: sutures, lesion removals, injections, and some medications.  Sick visits are always free. The Health Center accepts cash, checks and Crusader Cash.


All full-time students at Valparaiso University will have a Basic Student Accident/Sickness policy paid for through the general fee.  If you have family medical coverage, it is advised that the student carries a card on the policy.  By doing this, we may be able to expedite a referral to a specialist, if needed. The policy and claim forms for the Basic Student Accident/Sickness policy can be located on the Health Center website.


Valparaiso University REQUIRES every student to have a completed Student Health Form. If the Health Center does not receive a Student Health Form or the information is incomplete, a late fee will apply. In addition, a hold will be placed on the student’s account making him/her unable to obtain grades or register for classes for the following semester until requirements are met. If you did not receive or misplaced your Student Health Form, one can be located on the Health Center website.  

All Student Health Forms are reviewed by health center staff, who check the immunization dates for compliance with state and federal regulations as well as review medicines, pertinent food allergies, chronic diseases and other health issues so that we may plan for and provide the appropriate health services when your student arrives. 

Due to privacy regulations, all communication regarding the student’s health information must be with the student. We will not be able to take a hold off until all information in the Student Health Form is complete.


Immunizations currently required at Valparaiso University are those mandated by the State of Indiana. These include a Tetanus/Diphtheria booster within the past 10 years, two doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (the first dose after 12 months of age, and the 2nd dose at least 28 days after the first dose) and completion of a Tuberculin Skin Test Questionnaire and/or TB test administered in the United States within the past 12 months (requirement of TB test is dependent on answers from the TB Questionnaire). Some programs of study have additional immunization requirements, i.e., the College of Nursing.

Allergy Injections

The Health Center provides allergy injections if the student mails or brings the serum and physician instructions with them when they come to campus. The student Health Center has an Allergy Packet that must be completed by you and your allergist. The serum will be stored at the Health Center and the student can make appointments to be seen on a regular basis for his/her allergy shots. There is a fee associated with this service. You may contact the Health Center prior to the beginning of classes and we would be happy to send our allergy forms to your physician or you can find the forms on the Health Center website.

Class Excuse Policy

When a student is absent from a class, a laboratory, or an examination for medical reasons, it is the student’s responsibility to discuss this directly with the faculty member involved. The Health Center does not provide excuses for missed classes.  Students may complete an authorization to release medical information to their professor. The Health Center will not release medical information or even verify that the student was at the Health Center without the student’s written authorization.  You may obtain this form from the Health Center or on the Health Center website.

Immunization Exemptions

The state of Indiana does not recognize “philosophical objection” as a valid reason for exemption.  Valid religious and medical exemptions are accepted. In the event of an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable communicable disease on or near the campus, students with exemptions on file will be required to leave the campus until it is deemed safe for them to return by the county Health Department and Health Center.