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Student Health Services

Frequently Asked Questions



1) What are Student Health Services?

Student Health Services is here to assist the student as a total person. Our major goals are:

  • To help students achieve and maintain optimum physical, mental, and emotional health.
  • To educate students toward taking responsibility for their own health.

We are located on the Pasadena City College campus in D-105. (626) 585-7244

2) What are the hours for the Student Health Services?

Fall/Spring– Monday, Tuesday: 8 am – 7:30 pm, Wednesday, Thursday: 8 am - 4:30 pm, and Friday: 8 am – 12:30 pm
Winter/Summer– Monday, Tuesday: 8:00 am – 7:30 pm and Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm and
*Hours subject to change based on staff and budget limitations.

3) Who is eligible?

Currently enrolled and attending PCC students, regardless of class load, can access health services.

4) How much does it cost?

Student Health Services is a low cost/no cost clinic. Most health care services at the health center are provided without charge. However, services such as laboratory tests, medications, and vaccines are provided to students at reduced fees.

5) Who staffs the clinic?

The Student Health Center staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses, administrative and administrative support staff who are trained to assist students. Every effort is made to provide professional services in an efficient and concerned manner.

6) Do I need an appointment?

Yes, you do!! The Student Health Center uses an appointment-only system. Please feel free to come by or call to schedule an appointment. You do not need an appointment to pick up free condoms or health education pamphlets. Any medical emergency will also be seen without an appointment.

7) I attend PCC during the Fall/Spring, so why can't I be seen at the Health Center during Summer?

Due to legal policies at Pasadena City College, you must be enrolled and attending classes at the time of your appointment. The Student Health Center operates on funds generated from the Student Health Fee, which is paid by registered students each term. If you register then drop all of your classes, we will not be able to see you at the Student Health Center. The Student Health Center can only serve those students who are enrolled and attending classes at the time of the requested appointment.

8) Why do I need to see a nurse first instead of just seeing the doctor?

The majority of the time, we found that the nurses can provide the appropriate medical assistance to students. The physicians and nurse practitioners are here for students who require advanced medical/nursing care and they have very limited appointment times. If it is determined by our nurses that you require advanced medical/nursing care, they will refer you to a staff physician or nurse practitioner to continue your care.

9) What is a nurse practitioner?

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse who has advanced education (usually has a master’s degree) and clinical training. Most NPs also specialize in specific areas such as adult, pediatric, family, or women’s health. Practicing under state rules and regulations, NPs provide clinical health services for the acute and chronically ill, along with a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling. NPs can also provide prescriptive medications.

10) Can I call in for my test results?

Due to confidentiality laws, no test results of any kind can be given over the phone. An appointment will be necessary for reviewing the results.

11) What if I need further medical care?

The Student Health Center professionals can refer you to appropriate community resources. These are often low-cost and some offer client discounts on services and/or medication.

12) What about my privacy?

Strict confidentiality laws are in place and firmly respected. All medical records are confidential. Copies of medical records cannot be released without written authorization from the client.

13) What if I just need condoms?

No problem. They’re free in limited amounts per visit. Just walk in to the waiting area and take one or two. (No appointments necessary!)

14) What if I just need birth control options?

Don’t worry! Call for an appointment and we’ll help provide you with what you need.

15) What if I just need medical advice?

Sure thing! Set up an appointment and be seen by a caring professional.

16) What if I just need a STI testing?

No sweat. It’s low cost, painless and confidential. Make an appointment and we’ll be happy to help.

17) What if I just need dietary advice?

Lucky you! We have clinical staff, dietetic interns and a registered dietitian especially for your concerns. Stop by D-105 to make a $5 refundable cash deposit to schedule your appointment.

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