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Any staff or student who is facing a life-threatening emergency should dial 911 (or 9-911 if a campus phone) and give the nature of the emergency, the location on campus, and stay in contact with the emergency operator and the injured person until help arrives. Anyone assisting with an emergency or injured person should also dial Campus Public Safety at ext. 6799, or (714) 966-6799, to alert them to an emergency and the activation of Emergency Medical Services.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Location

The Health Center is located on the first floor of the Smith Hall Building in the Health and Wellness Center, along with the Counseling Center.
 

Hours

The hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 am (first appointment at 8:30 am) - 4:00 pm (last appointment at 3:30 pm).

Appointments

Students can set up an appointment by calling the Health Center at 714-619-6471. You may also fill out an Appointment Request Form online and a Health Center staff member will respond to your request within 24 hours, or the very next business day. Walk-ins are also accepted although appointments are encouraged.

Medical Excuse Notes

The Student Health Center does not provide excuse notes for missed classes, exams, or school work. At the patient's request, a note may be provided to verify the visit. Professors may call the Health Center to verify your visit. However, no medical details are released without prior written permission of the student. Professors determine whether or not an absence is excused. 

Health Care Services

HEALTH INSURANCE AND FEES

Health Insurance: Due to the Affordable Health Care Plan, Vanguard University does not offer a supplemental health plan policy. Students are encouraged to ensure that they are included on parental policies where possible, or to obtain personal coverage in compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement of medical insurance for all U.S. adults. 

Fees: Traditional undergraduate students (TUG) pay a student services fee as part of their tuition and this includes access to the campus health center. Therefore, there is no cost to TUG students when using the campus health center. If additional testing is required (i.e. testing for strep, flu, or mono), these tests are associated with a nominal fee (usually $10-$20) that will be paid through the student's myVU account.

Forms

Please fill out these forms and print them off prior to coming to your appointment in the Health Center. This will decrease wait time and make sure you are seen in a timely manner. Make sure you sign and date the forms as necessary. If you are a minor (under age 18), a parent or guardian must fill out and sign the Consent to Treat a Minor Form before you can be treated in the Health Center.

Services Provided

  • Assessment and Treatment of Injuries and Illnesses: The Nurse Practitioner, utilizing policies and procedures developed collaboratively by a consulting physician, can diagnose and treat certain common acute medical conditions. Referrals are made to community resources that are covered by the student's personal health insurance when needed for severe illness or for those areas that are beyond the center's scope of practice. 
  • Point-of-Care Testing: The Health Center is able to run diagnostics that test for flu, mono and strep.*
  • TB Assessment and/or TB Skin Test*
  • Health Education and Wellness Programs

Services not provided:

  • Primary Care Services
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Immunizations
  • Treatment for chronic health conditions (i.e., diabetes, asthma, heart conditions)

* There is an additional cost associated with Diagnostic Testing and TB Assessments  and TB Testing. The Nurse Practitioner will discuss this with the patient before proceeding. All fees can be paid through the student's myVU account. 

IMMUNIZATION RECOMMENDATIONS

To help protect students and staff, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges all California colleges and universities with campus housing to implement these recommendations at their campus. Although these vaccinations are not currently required to be a student at Vanguard University, the student should consult individual departments (i.e. Nursing, Athletics) as their vaccination requirements may differ. 

Immunization Recommendations for College Students

Meningococcal Vaccination Recommendations

Emergency Care and Community Resources

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS EXPERIENCING A MEDICAL OR PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY, DIAL 911 AND PROCEED TO THE NEAREST HOSPITAL. YOU MAY ALSO CALL CAMPUS SAFETY AT 714-966-6799.

FOR NON-EMERGENCIES: This list only includes some medical clinics in the area. Please check with your health insurance carrier prior to a visit to see if the clinic is approved by your insurance provider. 

Hospitals with Emergency Rooms:

  1. HOAG Hospital Emergency Room
    One Hoag Drive
    Newport Beach, CA 92663
    949-764-HOAG (4624)
  2. Kaiser Irvine Emergency Room (for individuals w/Kaiser insurance)
    16200 Sand Canyon Avenue
    Irvine, CA 92618
    949-932-5000

Urgent Care Facilities:

  1. Family Care Centers
    1190 Baker Street, Ste. 100
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    714-668-2500
  2. Kaiser Harbor-MacArthur Medical Offices
    3401 S. Harbor Blvd.
    Santa Ana, CA 92704
    1-888-988-2800

Local Pharmacies:

CVS Pharmacy: 1150 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA - (714) 662-7517
Rite Aid Pharmacy: 2300 Harbor Blvd., Suite G, Costa Mesa, CA - (949) 645-7331
Walgreens Pharmacy: 1726 Superior Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA - (949) 629-9714

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS EXPERIENCING A MEDICAL OR PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY, CALL 911 AND THEN, CALL CAMPUS SAFETY AT 714-966-6799.

Our Mission

The mission of the Health Center is to provide quality health and wellness care as a supplement to the student’s existing health care plan for acute illnesses and injuries in a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment.

Hours

The Health Center is open during the regular semester period. Please make an appointment during the following hours:

Tuesday through Thursday:
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.